Rangers look to rebound at home in Game 5

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NEW YORK (AP) - The train ride back from Philadelphia after the New York Rangers‘ one-goal loss to the Flyers in Game 4 wasn’t all that long, yet long enough for them to shake off the disappointment.

At least that is what they said the day after.

“It’s gone now,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist proclaimed Saturday of the 2-1 defeat that tied the series 2-2.

“On the way home it was disappointing, and you try to learn something and come up with something that will help you moving forward, but then you let it go.”

The Metropolitan Division rivals will get right back at it Sunday at noon in the pivotal Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, where the clubs split the opening two games. They split again in Philadelphia, and neither team has won two straight.

Someone will be facing elimination on Tuesday in Game 6 back in Philadelphia. If the series is stretched to the limit, the deciding game will be Wednesday in New York.

“You try not to think too much about the consequences,” Lundqvist said. “You just try to focus on your game and what you have to do, and enjoy it, tell yourself that it’s fun, because it is - when you’re winning.”

While the Rangers have lost 11 straight games when leading a series, they have come out OK recently in series that were tied 2-2.

Four of New York’s previous five matchups have been squared after four games, but although the Rangers went only 1-3 in those Game 5s they won three of four series.

The Rangers have also come out on top in six of the past nine series in which they were tied 2-2, dating to the 1992 Patrick Division semifinals against New Jersey.

“It’s a pivotal game regardless of the outcome,” forward Brian Boyle said.

New York was stymied on Friday by Steve Mason, who made 37 saves in his first start in 13 days following what was believed to be a concussion. He played the final 7-plus minutes in relief of Ray Emery in the Rangers‘ Game 3 win before getting the starting nod from coach Craig Berube.

It was Mason’s first NHL playoff victory, and the Rangers expect to test him even more Sunday.

“The teams that win Cups are the teams that have that urgency all the time,” New York forward Brad Richards said. “It’s impossible to have Game 1 like a Game 7. I have never seen it.

“I don’t think we went out and laid an egg (Friday) … but we didn’t win, so it’s not good enough. We get right back (Sunday). We don’t have too much time to think about it, so that’s good.”

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