Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 5/7/12
The Rangers held a full practice this morning to prep for tonight's Game 5 at the Garden. Mats Zuccarello skated before the practice. Brandon Dubinsky did not.

Katie Strang at ESPN NY reports that John Tortorella noted that Zuccerallo is not a possibility for tonight.

...it's too bad, because the Rangers could use him on the power play, big time.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that Tortorella feels that this series has been harder to play than the one against Ottawa.

...i can agree with that because these games has been played so tight. Not a lot of room to maneuver out there. I don't think the hatred in this series is even close though.

Speaking of the hate factor, Dan Girardi addressed it with Strang...

"I think there might be a little of a hate factor. It might not seem like that, but obviously both teams hate each other. We want to make it to the next round, so do they, and there are a lot of great hits out there. Guys are doing what it takes to win. Just because there aren't a lot of scrums and all that doesn't mean we don't hate each other."

...after what Ovechkin did to Girardi, I don't blame him for having at least some hatred towards the Caps.

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