Tonight in the NHL: Rangers aim to get back in series

Tonight in the NHL: Rangers aim to get back in series
May 21, 2013, 2:15 am

Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Bruins lead series 2-0

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Don't judge the New York Rangers by the scores of their two losses to the Boston Bruins.

According to coach John Tortorella, the Rangers played much better in the Game 2 blowout than in their overtime defeat in the series opener.

The bottom line is this: for the second consecutive series, New York has dug an 0-2 hole on the road and will need to rebound quickly at Madison Square Garden if the club hopes to extend this postseason run.

"The first game, the score doesn't indicate the game," Tortorella said Monday. "We probably should've lost by more."

The Rangers returned to practice one day before they will host the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. New York was looking to shake off its 5-2 loss on Sunday while focusing on the task at hand.

"After watching the tape, which always helps me the next day one way or another," Tortorella said, "there were a lot of good things." (See full preview).

Kings at Sharks, 10 p.m. 
Kings lead series 2-1

SAN JOSE -- For all that the San Jose Sharks accomplished with their overtime victory over Los Angeles in Game 3, they know it will mean very little if they don't back that win up with another at home against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.

"We haven't accomplished anything," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We didn't get our work done in LA, and that put us behind the eight ball. The fact that we win Game 3, that's great, but we still are behind in the series and the series is getting shorter. The lifeline wasn't as long as it was in the past. We've just got to find a way to get even. If our intensity or urgency drops because we've won a single game, I would be disappointed in our group."

After taking it easy the day after San Jose's 2-1 win, both teams stepped up preparation on Monday in advance of Game 4 on Tuesday night at the Shark Tank.

The Kings aren't about to feel complacent, considering they were less than 2 minutes away from losing Game 2 at home and have won just once in 10 road games since March.

"We can't rest and just be comfortable with being a good home team," forward Justin Williams said. "We need to be killers on the road. Coming back with a 3-1 lead is certainly something we're going to do our darnedest to do." (See full preview).

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