Rangers Look to Rally in Game 3 Back Home at MSG

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    Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, left, falls on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist as he scores during the third period of Game 2.

    The Rangers have never found themselves this far behind this early in a series: down 2-0, and almost down and out before they even coming home to Madison Square Garden.

    That is the hole the Rangers are in after a pair of overtime losses in Los Angeles to the Kings. And how they lost only adds to their disappointment.

    The Rangers led 2-0 in the first period of both games, and they were up by two goals three times in Game 2 — including a 4-2 edge heading into the third period Saturday night. New York was 10-0 in the postseason when holding the lead after 40 minutes.

    That loss has the Rangers on the brink of a quick exit unless they can turn things around in a hurry Monday in Game 3.

    "Our guys are going to be real focused," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday after the team's cross-country flight home to New York. "We need to hold serve. We're back in our building. We've played some good hockey. We might feel that we deserve a better outcome than what we have right now, which is trailing by two games, but it doesn't matter.

    The Kings aren't thrilled that they were forced to erase two-goal leads in three straight games to win in overtime, dating to their victory in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals at Chicago.

    Yet comebacks have been Los Angeles' preferred method throughout the playoffs: rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the first round against San Jose and a 3-2 hole to eliminate the defending champion Blackhawks.

    They even came back from another 3-2 deficit in the second round against Anaheim, after dropping three straight following a 2-0 start.

    "You're never not of the belief that you can't come back or you're not going to win," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said Sunday upon arriving in New York. "We've played a lot of hockey in May and June over the past three seasons."

    Now they will look to carry their success into Madison Square Garden on Monday night.