His team blew a chance to clinch the series over Washington in Game 6 Wednesday night, but Rangers coach John Tortorella's confidence hasn't soured entering Game 7.
"I have a ton of optimism about our club," Tortorella said on a conference call Thursday. "Our club has gone through a lot of different things as far as momentum all through the year and playoffs and I have nothing but confidence as far as what's going to happen Saturday."
For the second time this series, the Rangers failed to capitalize off what had been perceived as demoralizing losses for the Capitals. After a 2-1 win in triple overtime in Game 3, the Rangers fell in Game 4. Last night, riding high after a 3-2 overtime win in Game 5, Washington again showed resiliency and evened the series up at 3-3. Game 7 is set for Saturday.
"The onus is on us last night," Tortorella said.
While it's been the Capitals who have had to show the toughness to bounce back in this series, the Rangers will be the one's tested Saturday, as they will have to put Game 6 behind them and try and win their second straight Game 7 in the playoffs.
"We've already met on it. We've moved by. We're already looking at Game 7," Tortorella said.