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Tortorella's latest tactic: Beseeching the heavens

Head coach John Tortorella of the New York

Head coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers speaks to the media after they defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 in game three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 19, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Credit: Getty Images)

You've heard of the so-called hockey gods controlling the fate of games, and series.

Rangers coach John Tortorella hinted yesterday that he was turning to a higher power.

Asked what he could do to get more offense out of his top six forwards, Tortorella, playing the role of the parishoner rather than preacher, said.

“Pray...I don’t know what else to tell you. We’re going to keep on trying to play, pray and hopefully something good happens to them.”

Tortorella said the best thing about today was that  "We've moved on by (the 4-1 loss to the Devils in Game 4). We had a good meeting, there was some jump in practice."

"I don’t know if we have to do things to let them know (we're ready to battle)," said Mike Rupp, who said Martin Brodeur didn't say anything to spark his left to the chest in the third period.  "We just have to get to our game, when we play a particular way and have that swagger to our game, it’s pretty evident when we’re clicking on all cylinders. That’s our goal now."

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