Blue Notes

Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Live from MSG: Rangers-Bruins

Derek Stepan controls the puck against Gregory Campbell

Derek Stepan controls the puck against Gregory Campbell #11 of the Boston Bruins during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Jan. 23, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Rangers are trying to avoid an 0-3 showdown with the 0-3 Flyers tomorrow, and coach John Tortorella has loaded up his first line with Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Rick Nash, and admitted he's forfeiting a little balance. But he said he hopes to get more jam from Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan.  Chris Kredier is on the second line also.

Torts also moved Michael Del Zotto to second pair D with Marc Staal, and dropped Anton Stralman down to play with Steve Eminger. As reported earlier, D Stu Bickel has moved upfront to the fourth line, where he played a handful of times in the past.

Henrik Lundqvist is starting in net for the third straight game, and hopes to provide a spark, as he said after the morning skate, to lift the tension in the dressing room.


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