Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Familiar Spot for Rangers but Game 2 Victory Would Be Their First

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Familiar Spot for Rangers but Game 2 Victory Would Be Their First

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NEW YORK -- For the third consecutive series, the New York Rangers are basking in the glow of a 1-0 lead.

The Eastern Conference's top-seeded team, however, failed in its first two attempts to double that edge at Madison Square Garden. Given a third shot against the New Jersey Devils, the Rangers are determined to make the most of home-ice advantage tonight in Game 2 of the East final.

The teams battled through scoreless two periods, and New York clearly was not at its best coming off its second consecutive seven- game series. But the Rangers scored three times in the third period and rode their defense and the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist to 3- 0 victory.

"I don't know about escaped," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said of the win. "We've got to be better. We know that. We've got areas in the game that we need to improve on and we need to work on. We'll be ready [today]."

While none of the Rangers could put a finger on what went wrong in Game 2 losses against Ottawa and Washington earlier in the playoffs, New York voiced a determination to break the trend in which it alternated wins and losses through the first four games of the opening two rounds. …

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