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Rangers see Game 1 win as 'only one step'

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 3:11 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / Rangers-Flyers series blog

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Rangers see Game 1 win as 'only one step'

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- By the time some New York Rangers assembled for an optional skate Friday, they had already forgotten about their 4-1 win Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Rangers are looking ahead to Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series, which they'll host Sunday at Madison Square Garden (noon ET; NBC, TSN, RDS).

"It's a good first step. It's only one step," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We know that our opponent on Sunday morning is going to be ready. We're going to need to be prepared and we're going to need to be better. We're very aware of that."

In Game 1, the Rangers were tied 1-1 in the third period before scoring twice on a four-minute high-sticking penalty assessed to Flyers rookie forward Jason Akeson. Until that point, the Flyers were playing the Rangers tight despite lackluster efforts from marquee players Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek. The Flyers' top three scorers were held to two shots and no points.

The Rangers aren't expecting a similar performance in Game 2.

"I think it's going to be a tough game. They're going to come hard," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "Whatever happened yesterday, we've moved past that. Sometimes the games change a lot from game to game. You can't go in with a certain expectation of the game. You have to be ready for anything. The most important thing is you have to focus on what you have to do personally."

With two days before their next game, the Rangers players and coaches are looking forward.

"I shake hands after the game and then move on and get ready for the next one," Vigneault said.

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