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The New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins play during the first period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Bruins rally, push Rangers to brink of elimination
NHL » Boston can complete sweep Thursday in New York.
First Published May 22 2013 09:15 am • Last Updated May 22 2013 11:40 pm

New York • John Tortorella’s message isn’t going to change even though his New York Rangers are in an even more desperate situation than before their latest loss to the Boston Bruins.

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The margin of error went from slim to none in an uncharacteristic home loss that put the Broadway Blueshirts on the brink of elimination.

New York squandered a one-goal lead in the third period and lost 2-1 on Tuesday night to fall into an 0-3 series hole. The Rangers can be ousted by the Bruins as early as Thursday in Game 4 at home.

"We’ll meet [Wednesday], practice, and we’re going to try to win a game," Tortorella said. "That’s all you can do. Down 3-0, it’s a very tough situation, but I have full faith in our athletes. They will be ready to play another game.

"You try to win one and see where you go from there."

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After two losses in Boston, the Rangers seemed headed toward getting back into it. They had won nine straight at Madison Square Garden, dating to the final six games of the regular season, and hadn’t lost in regulation when leading after two periods in more than three years.

But defenseman Johnny Boychuk tied it 3:10 into the third and Daniel Paille scored the winner with 3:31 remaining to push the Bruins to the verge of the Eastern Conference finals.

Only three NHL teams have rallied from an 0-3 hole to advance. However, the Philadelphia Flyers did it to the Bruins in 2010.

"We haven’t talked about history at all," Tortorella said. "We just try to go about our business."

Bruins coach Claude Julien discussed it briefly, but only when asked about the collapse three years ago and another near one in the first round this year when Toronto nearly eliminated Boston after trailing the series 3-1.

"We can talk about it all we want, but that’s in the past," Julien said. "We had to live with that and we still have to live with that."

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