Derek Dorsett returns to lineup for Rangers
PHILADELPHIA - A grade for the Rangers' reconstructed fourth line? Incomplete.
Coach Alain Vigneault made center Dominic Moore a healthy scratch Saturday for only the second time this season, with Brian Boyle sliding from wing to center. Derek Dorsett was inserted after missing seven weeks with a broken leg, and Vigneault kept Dan Carcillo in against the Flyers, his former club.
"It's important for us to see what a line with Dorsett and Carcillo would look like," Vigneault said. "Dom's done everything we wanted, but sometimes you've got to make some tough decisions, and this is not an easy one. I expect to see energy, real smart hockey from whistle to whistle."
The results weren't exactly pretty. Dorsett was in the penalty box for a high-stick when Wayne Simmonds scored the Flyers' third goal. Boyle won 4 of 12 faceoffs and didn't record a shot on goal. Carcillo spent 12 minutes in the box for two encounters with Zac Rinaldo.
According to Vigneault, Dorsett "tried real hard. I think right now he's trying to get his legs and trying to skate the way he was prior to the injury. He blocked a big shot one time. He's going to do what he can to help us win."
But Vigneault did not commit to using the same trio Sunday night against the Bruins. "I'm going to have to watch the game again; because of Dan spending most of the second period in the box, they didn't get the same number of shifts," he said.
With the Rangers trailing 2-0 early in the second period, Benoit Pouliot deflected Kevin Klein's slap shot from the right point down and under Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, but after a review, it was ruled that Pouliot's stick was above crossbar height, and the goal was disallowed . . . Henrik Lundqvist was awarded an assist, his third of the season, on Derick Brassard's goal that tied the score at 2 . . . Vigneault said he thought defenseman Anton Stralman "was fighting it a bit" and gave Klein some extra shifts . . . Chris Kreider's goal was his first since Jan. 21, when he had three points against the Islanders.