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Gaborik, Richards practice on separate lines

Apr 20, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 18: Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators looks away as Michael Del Zotto #4, Brad Richards #19, Marian Gaborik #10, Ryan Callahan #24 and Anton Stralman #32 of the New York Rangers celebrate the opening goal in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Place on April 18, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

After scoring just three goals in their last two games, it looks like the New York Rangers are making some adjustments.

“Obviously, we just need to score more goals,” Richards said. “It’s 2-2 and we lose in overtime [in Game 4]. We want to make big plays.”

Coach John Tortorella opted to try a more balanced approach to his scoring lines on Friday with Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards practicing on different lines. Gaborik skated with Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov while Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan were on the same line as Richards.

Gaborik and Richards both recorded two power-play assists in Game 4 on Wednesday, so it’d be wrong to say they’re struggling, but these changes might help spark the team as a whole. The Rangers’ first round series with the eighth seed Ottawa Senators is tied at 2-2 going into Game 5 on Saturday.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    …meh.

  2. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    psst this should be a blog entry on its own

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