One of the characteristics that has defined this edition of the New York Rangers has been their collective buoyancy. With the Eastern Conference Final now a best-of-3, Rangers coach John Tortorella believes mental toughness will once again come to the forefront.
"We're one of four teams still playing," Tortorella said Tuesday afternoon following the Rangers' practice at Madison Square Garden. "You have to remember when we're trying to win two in a row, there's also a team trying not to lose two in a row, and it's a pretty good team at this stage of the season.
"Like I said last night, I feel really good about our approach today and how we're going to go about our business tomorrow."
The two aspects of his team's game in which Tortorella would like to see improvement are puck possession and goal scoring. New Jersey has simply controlled the puck better throughout the first four games of the series.
"We don't have the puck enough," Tortorella said. "Jersey has the puck a lot more ...