Donald Brashear did not practice today as the Rangers worked on lots of little fundamentals--getting pucks on net and getting skaters there right behind the pucks--after the Ranger listless game last night.

       "He's nicked," John Tortorella said about the enforcer, without adding any details. The coach added that he is not sure about Brashear's status for tomorrow night in St. Louis, but a reasonable person would have to doubt if we'll see Brashear.

        He had two fights last night, neither of which was terribly impressive or, it turned out, very inspiring to the team in a 2-0 loss to the depleted Senators with a minor-league callup goalie.

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        Chris Higgins skated with the fourth line today as the Rangers tried to figure out how to snap that 144 minute, 23 second goal drought that will be a week old by the time they play again. Tortorella didn't single out Higgins, though.

         As for the team, Tortorella said, it was guilty of one of the worst sins an NHL team could commit: ."It was a lack of respect for the opponent," he said. "You see what happened. These are National Hockey League players, that's a National Hockey League team. There was no respect. I don't think you should ever fear an opponent, but you need to respect your opponent. That's where we failed last night."