John Tortorella did not ascribe any particular significance to Wednesday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
His captain did.
Ryan Callahan, the heart and soul and conscience of the New York Rangers, sat at his stall after a midafternoon practice at Madison Square Garden and testified to the importance of taking a 2-0 series lead.
"You definitely want it. We know last two series we kind of let up in that second game or haven't won that second game. We're putting a lot of emphasis on (Wednesday's) game," Callahan said.
The Rangers lost Game 2s to Ottawa (3-2 in overtime) and Washington (3-2) after winning both series openers.
"I just think we have to have that mindset of (being) desperate and try to win our battles," Callahan added. "If we do that, we give ourselves a best chance (to win)."
The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 after Monday night's 3-0 win in Game 1. Yet the score belied how strong the Devils were. New Jersey controlled play in the Rangers' ...