GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers forward Darroll Powe doesn't have to say anything, not at this stage, not with his team in an 0-3 hole in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But if any of his teammates want to ask him a question about trying to dig out of this ditch against the Boston Bruins, Powe would have one heck of an inspirational story to tell.
Three years ago, Powe and teammate Arron Asham
were in this same position against this same team and goalie (Tuukka Rask
) in this same round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as members of the Philadelphia Flyers
. They were part of history.
Powe and Asham played in all seven games of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when the Flyers came back from a 3-0 deficit to become the third team to win a seven-game series after losing the first three games. The Rangers will try to become the fourth to pull off the feat, starting with Game 4 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS).
"When you're going to climb a mountain, you're not going to sit at the bottom and just look at the top and be like, 'How am I going to do this?'" Powe said Wednesday. "You're going to look at the 5 to 6 feet above you and go at that first. You can't just go at it and look ahead, you have to focus on what's right in front of you or else you'll never get to where you have to go."