“I’d rather trade that goal in for a win, so it doesn’t matter,” Nash said. “Anytime you play at home it seems like you create that energy off the fans. If you look at the good teams around the league — and they are the teams that don’t need it — there is no excuses. It shouldn’t make a difference whether we are home or on the road.”
One key factor for the Rangers is the play — and health — of goalie Henrik Lundqvist. He was back on the ice Monday after his rough game on Sunday, in which he also appeared to injure a shoulder.
He was no worse for wear during and following the hour-long practice.
“Everybody is sore,” he said.
Before Sunday, Lundqvist hadn’t allowed five goals in 151 consecutive games, dating to a 5-2 loss at Anaheim on March 9, 2011. He also had never yielded more than three goals in any of his 31 previous games against the Bruins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Lundqvist gave up 12 total goals in the first five games of the first-round series versus the Capitals before shutting them out in Games 6 and 7. Boston has already registered eight goals against him.
“It’s disappointing to give up five goals, but positioning-wise and reading the plays for the most part was good,” Lundqvist said. “They made some good plays, too, and then there were some unlucky bounces and screens.
“I could probably find excuses for the goals, but it’s not going to help my game. I just have to try to be better and work even harder to see pucks.”
Tortorella chalked up some of Boston’s goals to “simple coverage” mistakes by his team — errors he said were uncharacteristic and fixable.
“It doesn’t bother me, it surprises me a little bit,” he said. “We beat ourselves. I am not disrespecting Boston by any means. We hurt ourselves in our play away from the puck, and I think that is one of the biggest strengths we have.”
The Bruins also expect to see the best of the Rangers once the series shifts to New York.
“We always worry about the other team. We need to worry about ourselves,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “When we play well, we’re a good team and we give ourselves a chance to win.
“We need to understand they’re going to be better. We also need to be better.”