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“We weren’t really creating anything offensively or getting chances or cycling like we usually do,” defenseman Marc Staal said. “That’ll cost you when you’re continually backed into your own zone.”

It cost the Rangers a lot Friday night, notably a chance to close out the series. But despite the sluggish play and road loss, Tortorella stressed that not everything was terrible about his team’s situation going back to Madison Square Garden for Game 6.

“We’re up 3-2,” he said. “If you asked me at the beginning of the series being up 3-2 going home, I’ll sign up. There’s no sense of being down about it.”