Wednesday night’s triple-overtime epic in Washington was one of the all-time great contests in Rangers’ franchise history.
Yet, head coach John Tortorella espoused the micro focus that has been the Rangers’ calling card all season following the 2-1 win in Game 3 that put the Blueshirts up by that same margin in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“It’s a win for us. [I] don’t want us to get carried away,” Tortorella said in a conference call Thursday afternoon.
The Rangers had Thursday off to recuperate from the 114:41 epic. Game 4 is Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center. It will air on NBC (12:30 p.m.).
Tortorella dismissed the notion that the win could bring the already-unified Rangers closer together.
“[I] don’t think our team needs to be galvanized; it is,” Tortorella said. “I think it helps [the] young guys who haven’t been in the playoffs. ... Down the road, maybe we lean on that.”
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