John Tortorella shakes up Rangers lines
PHILADELPHIA -- Rangers coach John Tortorella shook up his lines Tuesday night, putting veteran center Brad Richards on a third trio. Darroll Powe was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
Rookie J.T. Miller returned after sitting out Sunday's loss to the Capitals with a sore left wrist, and Tortorella decided to stick with Arron Asham and Kris Newbury on a fourth line with Taylor Pyatt, rather than Powe. Miller centered Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan.
The veteran Richards, who had been struggling, started with Chris Kreider and Brian Boyle. He scored a power-play goal in the second period.
With his KHL release official, Mats Zuccarello, 25, is ready to join the team in either Ottawa, where the Rangers play Thursday, or in Montreal for Saturday's game. "It's an opportunity I have to take,'' Zuccarello told VG, a Norwegian publication. His contract for the remainder of this season is worth a reported $700,000.
The left wing, who helped ignite the power play during seven games in March last season before he fractured his wrist, had eight goals in 52 games for Mettalurg Magnitogorsk and two more in the playoffs.
Sather out of hospitalPresident and general manager Glen Sather has been home for a few days, recovering from Thursday's prostate cancer surgery, the team said. Sather, 69, is back at work, making phone calls in advance of the April 3 trade deadline . . . D Matt Gilroy was a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game.