GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Regardless of whether New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is just trying to preserve some positivity around his club after a pair of losses in Boston, his message for how he feels going into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Bruins on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) was crystal clear.
"I'm very optimistic as far as where we're going as a team here," Tortorella said following practice Monday.
The Rangers again find themselves in an 0-2 series hole coming back to Madison Square Garden for Games 3 and 4. They dug out of it against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and won the series in seven games, but no team in NHL history has won back-to-back series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing the first two games.
"We've been here before," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "We're playing a good team, but we're confident that we can turn this around. That's our mindset. It has to be. To come home to play in our own building, I think we'll be better."