The combination of newcomer Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik didn't produce like New York Rangers coach John Tortorella had hoped, but now the team is getting plenty of contributions from its top line.
The Rangers look to win six straight for the first time in two years Friday night when they host a slumping Carolina Hurricanes team trying to get its offense in gear.
Signed to a nine-year, $60 million deal in the offseason, Richards was largely ineffective through the first eight games, with one goal and four assists.
Gaborik scored four times during that stretch as he played on the first line with Richards, and the result was a 3-3-2 start for the Rangers.
Since splitting the two forwards, New York (8-3-3) has scored 21 goals while going 5-0-1.
The top line of Gaborik, Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov has eight goals and 14 assists during the winning streak after combining for seven points in Wednesday's 3-2 victory at Ottawa.
"I think we feel pretty good out there," said Gabo...