After dropping Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series last Saturday and falling behind the Ottawa Senators 3-2, the New York Rangers, led by head coach John Tortorella, stubbornly maintained that the series was still theirs for the taking.
The confident aura, at the time, came off like little more than self-assurance -- pointless, but expected bravado from a team that had just lost three of four games, including two at home, and in doing so, had lost control of in a physical series that was now as good as done.
What else were the dejected New York players going to say to the countless cameras shoved in their faces and hovering around their lockers? That the series was over? That maybe they'd have better luck next year?
A bombastic exterior is what you have to project in that situation, even if you and the reporters around you know you don't mean it.
But as it would turn out, the Rangers weren't kidding. Not even a little.
After charging into hostile enemy territ...