If you didn't know the top-seeded New York Rangers were one loss away from elimination, the low-key practice before their biggest game of the season wouldn't have given away the dire circumstances.
After their best seasons in years, the Rangers are trailing the No. 8 seed, the Ottawa Senators, 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. If New York doesn't win on the road Monday night and then capture Game 7 back at home on Thursday night, the 51 wins and the first-place finishes in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference won't mean a thing.
Adorned on the high wall at the Rangers' suburban practice facility is a motivational saying that can be seen on either side of the circular dressing room: ''Everyone wants to win ... not everyone is willing to prepare to win.''
Of the 22 previous times the Rangers were tied 2-2 in a series, the Game 5 winner advanced 20 times. That doesn't bode well for New York, which has been knocked out of the first round in both previous years coach John Torto...