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Rangers focus on present

NEW YORK - They've already faced the same scenario this postseason.

But the Rangers aren't necessarily looking back to the first round while looking ahead to Wednesday night's Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal with the Capitals.

"It's completely different, we're playing a different team," defenseman Michael Del Zotto said after Tuesday's optional practice at Madison Square Garden. "There's nothing we're going to worry about from the first round. We're happy with our game but we need a better outcome."

The top-seeded Rangers and No. 8 Capitals were tied at one game apiece entering Wednesday's third game of the series in Washington, which was tied 1-1 after two overtimes and did not end in time for this edition. Ryan Callahand scored for the Rangers and John Carlson for the Capitals, both in the second period.

It was the longest postseason playoff game in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Rangers and Senators were tied 1-1 in the first round after the Senators won Game 2 at the Garden, 3-2, in overtime. The Rangers won Game 3 at Ottawa, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to advance to the second round for the first time since 2008.

"The seven-game series against Ottawa may be a bit of a blessing in disguise in terms of handling the ups and downs a series can bring," left wing Mike Rupp said.

The Rangers were buoyed - somewhat - by their belief they played a strong Game 2 in Monday's loss but cost themselves a victory due to turnovers and bad third-period penalties.

"We wanted to get the win, it stinks to lose," said center Brian Boyle, who returned in Game 2 after a three-game absence due to a concussion, but said his play "stunk."

Boyle logged 15:20, but was on the ice for Alex Ovechkin's power-play winner at 12:33 of the third period after taking a holding-the-stick penalty at 9:53 of the third.

"It's a terrible feeling," Boyle said. "In the playoffs, everything is magnified. We wanted to be up 2-0, not tied 1-1."

But while the Rangers, for the most part, were not displeased with their 28-shot effort against Braden Holtby, they want to make life more difficult for the Capitals' goalie.

"We need to get more traffic, he's seeing the puck too easily," Del Zotto said. "(Rebounds) are there but, a lot of times, we're hanging off to the side of the net. We need to do a better job getting to the front and taking his eyes away."

The Rangers also need more production from Marian Gaborik, who had an assist in Game 2 but has not scored a goal since Game 1 against the Senators.

Gaborik was moved to the second line as he swapped spots with rookie Chris Kreider for shifts in the third period Monday. Coach John Tortorella would not detail why he made the move but admitted the Rangers need more from Gaborik.