Rangers forward Darroll Powe played on Flyers team that rallied from 3-0 deficit
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Darroll Powe has been at the base of this mountain before -- and climbed it.
In 2010, the Flyers were down 3-0 to the Bruins in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals and won four straight games, becoming only the third NHL team, besides the 1942 Maple Leafs and the 1975 Islanders, to escape such a daunting hole.
"Obviously it was a memorable series," said the Rangers forward, who played 23 postseason games in 2010. "What I remember is just going in every day and focusing on the game at hand. You can't win four games [tonight], so you have to focus on just the task at hand, which is coming out strong on the first shift, and you go shift by shift and just chip away, try and win every shift. That's how you've got to get back in the series."
The Rangers, who host Game 4 Thursday night, have lost three straight to the Bruins, who almost coughed up a 3-1 series lead to the Maple Leafs in the first round, a circumstance that Bruins coach Claude Julien senses won't be repeated.
"In the Toronto series, I didn't think our team was in the zone the way it is right now," Julien said, "so I anticipate, knowing my team, that we're going to come out the same way next game and certainly not be the Jekyll-and-Hyde team we talked about in the first round."
Powe said the Rangers need to adjust their view. "When you're going to climb a mountain you're not going to sit at the bottom and look at the top and be like, 'How am I going to do this?' " he said. "You're going to look at the five to six feet above you and go at that first."
The Rangers, Powe said, have to believe they can pull off the turnaround. "You win that one game and things start to change, and after that, you worry about the next game, and just keep going, and your confidence builds and grows," he said, "and you see the other side kind of going the other way. But you can't do it without a big next game."
Winning Thursday's game at least would be a little redemption after Tuesday's 2-1 loss in Game 3, which was the Rangers' first in regulation in 99 games when leading after two periods. But the Rangers are 0-9 all-time in best-of-seven playoff series when trailing 3-0. "We're not looking at odds or anything like that," Ryan Callahan said. "We're just trying to win one game in our building and go back to Boston."
Rangers coach John Tortorella hoped his team would "get to another level of desperation." But he also wanted them to play with an element of freedom. "We're 0-3, there's no sense of feeling pressure," he said. "Players that get to play more minutes than maybe they're used to, grab a hold of it, and let it happen. If you lose, you're done."