As promised, here are a few more observations from the Rangers’ morning skate:
>> New York’s main focus will be putting more shots on Capitals rookie goalie Braden Holtby — without opening up too much and taking risks. The Rangers notched just 14 shots on goal in Game 1.
“We know we have to be better getting shots to the net, getting bodies there and creating opportunities,” Callahan said. “It’s a fine line. You don’t want to take chances against this team and leave yourselves with a [counterattack], because they’ve got some skilled guys who can capitalize on it.”
>> Rangers Coach John Tortorella has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams award as the NHL coach of the year. St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock and Ottawa’s Paul MacLean are the others.
“He’s done a great job for us,” Lundqvist said of Tortorella. “He’s such a passionate coach. He puts in a lot of work to get us going. It’s been a good fit. It’s been fun.”
Asked if Tortorella has mellowed, Lundqvist said: “He can challenge you. But I don’t mind that. I like to be challenged sometimes. It’s refreshing to have a different style. I like that.”
Tortorella won the Adams in 2004, the year he guided Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup. No Rangers coach, however, has won the award.
>> The Rangers are living up to their reputation as the league’s best shot blockers. They lead the playoffs with 170. The Capitals, meantime, rank second with 154, four ahead of Phoenix.