Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Rangers face ouster in Game 6 at MSG after 2-1 OT loss in DC
Maybe the Rangers can draw on memories for inspiration.
They scored three times in Game Six in Ottawa---not at MSG---last spring to force a Game 7 at home, which they won to capture the East Quarterfinals. This time, Game 7, if necessary, would be back here.
The Rangers were 16-6-2 at home, plus the wins in Games 3 and 4, and the Caps are already wary.
"Obviously, it's going to be their barn, their building, their people. It's going to be electric," said coach Adam Oates. "We've got to handle the first 10 minutes of the game, once we get into the game we're okay."
Problem is, the Blueshirts have blown early leads in the last two: 2-0 in the 4-3 victory in Game 4, and 1-0 in Game 5.
It's the same old story. The power play: 0-for-4 and 2 for 21. They are 2-0 when they score a power play goal, and if the Caps go to the box five times, they just might get one on Sunday, starting at 4:30 p.m. But the pressure is on...and some Rangers are talking boldly.
"We bounced back from 0-2," said Derick Brassard. "I don't see us going down there (at MSG). we're goign to try to feed off the crowd and it's going to be a big game for us. And like I said this morning, we're eventually going to have to win a game on the road to win the series and that's what we're going to do."
The Rangers will practice Saturday, likely in the early afternoon. Stay tuned for a report from there...