Rangers In Familiar Territory Ahead Of Game 6
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The Rangers will find themselves in familiar territory when they face elimination Friday night in New Jersey down three games to two.
It's the same scenario they faced in the opening round when they trailed the Senators and needed a win in Ottawa to stay alive.
It's also the same situation as the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals when they headed to New Jersey down 3-2.
Back then, Mark Messier famously guaranteed a win and then delivered with a hat trick in game 6.
While none of the current Rangers would go so far to guarantee a win, they are confident.
"We have to approach this game the same way we've been approaching each game," said goalie Henrik Lundqvist. "We can't put more pressure on ourselves."
"I don't look at it as overcoming 3-2," said head coach John Tortorella. "We need to win a hockey game. We're preparing to try to win one hockey game, and we'll see what happens after that."
"We've been in this situation in the Ottawa series," said captain Ryan Callahan. "You can draw off that experience, just the feelings going into the game. Just try to stay even-keeled about it. We gotta go into an opposing building and win one game."
The Devils beat the Rangers 5-3 in game 5 Wednesday night to take the lead in the series.
If necessary, game 7 will be back at the Garden on Sunday night.