The Rangers and Flyers have been on parallel tracks as the co-stars of HBO's "24/7'' series, but Friday night, they made a joint appearance before the documentary crews at the Garden.

Did coach John Tortorella feel a need to warn his Rangers beforehand not to play to the cameras, what with the game sure to be a focus of Episode 3 come Wednesday?

"Nope,'' he said. "Nope.''

So he treated the pre-Winter Classic encounter as he would any other game?

"Yes, absolutely,'' he said. "I don't have to say a word to our team about that.''

Whether or not it had anything to do with HBO, the teams did engage in two extended fights, the first of which featured the Rangers' Brandon Prust stunning the Flyers' Marc-Andre Bourdon with a haymaker that caught him on the right cheek.

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Torts: Shoot the puck

The Rangers entered Friday night in a 1-for-14 power-play slump over five games. Was Tortorella concerned about the streakiness in that area?

"I don't want to read too much into the stats,'' he said before the game. "I still think we need to think shoot first. We're always looking for another play. And that goes with our five-on-five play, too.''

The Rangers then went 1-for-4 on the power play but totaled six assists from defensemen, which pleased Tortorella.

Blue notes

D Jeff Woywitka (ankle) was scratched for the third game in a row; Tortorella said he did not know how long he will be out . . . Former Ranger Jaromir Jagr was booed when he touched the puck.