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Coach John Tortorella tweaked the New York Rangers' top two lines during practice on Friday ahead of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.
The series is tied 2-2 after New York's 3-2 overtime loss on Wednesday in Ottawa. After a day off, the Rangers returned to practice on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers have scored nine goals in four games. So Tortorella had Marian Gaborik skate with Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov, while Brad Richards centered Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky during practice.
''Our top guys, just like everybody, wants to be our top guys,'' Tortorella said when asked about the changes.
The Senators announced on Twitter that captain Daniel Alfredsson, who was elbowed in the head by Carl Hagelin in Game 2, will remain home. Prospect Mark Stone will make the trip to New York on Friday night.
Hagelin, who was suspended three games, will miss Game 5 on Saturday night at the Garden.
BEST OF MAXIM
The New York Rangers held practice this morning at Madison Square Garden, where they will play Game 5 of their series against the Senators tomorrow night. Per Andrew Gross, head coach John Tortorella kept sniping winger Marian Gaborik and star centerman Brad Richards on separate offensive lines from Wednesday's overtime loss in Ottawa.
This top line that performed so well...
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When there are seven games allotted to decide a playoff series, momentum often swings many different ways over the course of time. Between games, between periods, between goals and between shifts - it's always changing. This is where the heart of the battle in the postseason lies, and this quarterfinal series between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators has seen much of...
Series: Tied 2-2.
NYR Leading Scorer: Seven players (Callahan, Richards, Boyle, Gaborik, Stralman, Anisimov, Girardi) with three points
OTT Leading Scorer: Two players (Turris, Foligno) with two poitns
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (4 GS, 1.97 GAA, .940 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Craig Anderson (4 GS, 2.24 GAA, .920 SV%)
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
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Miller, 19, a 6-2, 195-pound native of East Palestine, Ohio, was the Rangers’ first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. In 61 games with...
This is the hit that has everyone
buzzing tonight. Senators tough guy Chris Neil hit the Rangers forward Brian Boyle with
this hard hit. Rangers head coach John Tortorella was unhappy with the check after the game
and said that Boyle is concussed.
During the second period last night, Marc Staal nailed Jason Spezza with an unpenalized high hit that forced the Senators center to leave the game for a short while...
To watch on YouTube, click here.Here's Staal on the hit (via ESPN NY)..."My read was that he had the puck pulled to the outside. I kind of bit on it and he pulls right back into me and his head...