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Rangers say they won't let OT woes affect confidence

by Dan Rosen

BOSTON -- If Game 2 at TD Garden also goes to overtime, the New York Rangers insist they will be mentally strong enough to handle it.

"We've got a good, confident group here," Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said. "What we have to do is just be ready for next game and win."

The problem is the Rangers have rarely shown the physical capacity to win an overtime game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs dating to before John Tortorella arrived as coach in 2009.

The Rangers fell to 3-11 in overtime since Henrik Lundqvist became the full-time goalie in 2007 with their 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday. The Rangers are 0-3 in this postseason and 0-4 dating to Game 6 of the 2012 conference finals against the New Jersey Devils.

"I don't think it's playing with their head at all," Tortorella said when asked if the OT losses are taking a psychological toll on his team. "It'd be nice to win one, but no, I don't think it's gone that far."

It's the exact opposite for the Bruins, who are 3-0 in overtime this postseason and 9-3 since 2011, when they won the Stanley Cup. They were all over the Rangers in the extra period Thursday and finally scored on their 16th shot.

"In overtime it's just really about coming out ready, prepared and really not sitting back," Bruins center Gregory Campbell said. "I think your chances of winning are a lot greater if you come out and throw everything at them, so to speak. Our approach is always to get lots of pucks to the net, shoot from anywhere and just really go after them.

"Overtime is such a high-intensity, pressure-filled period that if you sit back you're going to make mistakes and those mistakes could lead to losing the game, so I think it's really important to go after them and let the chips fall where they may."

It's hard to accuse the Rangers of sitting back in overtime Thursday because they barely had an opportunity to push forward. They had to play on their heels because the Bruins kept coming and coming and coming.

"We were dominated in overtime," Tortorella said.

But a day later his players were confident they'd be just fine if they had to do it all over again.

"I think it's short-term memory for us," Rick Nash said. "It's over. It's done with."


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