NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Things the New York Rangers Must Change to Win Game 6

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Things the New York Rangers Must Change to Win Game 6
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The hockey world was shocked Wednesday night as the New York Rangers lost 5-3 to the New Jersey Devils to fall within one game of elimination.

The top-seeded Rangers, who have twice survived seven-game series to reach this point, now find themselves teetering on the edge of the cliff yet again.

Veteran goalie Henrik Lundqvist has allowed has seven goals in his last two games, star scorers Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik have scored just one goal in the series and the Devils have simply outworked the Blueshirts to flip a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead.

It's not looking good in the Big Apple.

But the Rangers have dealt with this before.

The surprising eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators had the Rangers on the ropes on the ropes in Round One, only to watch New York rally back to win Games 6 and 7. The scrappy Washington Capitals tied their second-round series three times, too, before Lundqvist & Co. at last shook them off their tails.

The Blueshirts have a frighteningly uphill battle ahead of them in Friday night's Game 6. However, they have the guns to turn the tide of this series. Here are five critical things New York must change to stay alive into the all-decisive weekend.

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