Rangers forward Brad Richards slides on the ice in front of Capitals forwards Mathieu Perreault (left) and Jason Chimera during Game 4 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 8, 2013. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)
NEW YORK - It turns out John Tortorella was simply ahead of his time.
After his New York Rangers dropped the first two games of the first-round playoff series, the coach of the Broadway Blueshirts intimated things were a hell of a lot closer than most members of the media thought.
The comment caused plenty of people a to raise an eyebrow at the time, but there's no doubting Tortorella now.
Not after the Rangers earned a 4-3 triumph at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to even this best-of-seven affair at two games apiece.
The once-sputtering offensive attack that struck for only one goal in the first 128 minutes of this match-up has come to life and, as a result, it's down to a best-of-three for two teams that are meeting for the third consecutive spring and fourth in five seasons.