Marian Gaborik didn’t score for the seventh consecutive game, but with an assist on Vinny Prospal’s goal, has points in four of the last five.
Coach John Tortorella hopes that more scoring from other players might take some pressure off the right winger, who scored 42 goals last season. He had four shots, two attempts blocked, and three hits.
“I thought his last two games he was around the puck,” Tortorella said. “I was hoping he’d score an empty net goal (his long shot went off the outside of the net). If Gabby does the other things and not worry about scoring goals, he’ll score goals, and I think he’s doing that. He’s moving the puck quicker on the power play. I thought he made a couple great plays penalty-killing. But, it’s his responsibility, too. He wants to make a difference. And I think there’s been a change there.”
Wojtek Wolski suffered a pulled rib muscle near the end of the first period, played a few minutes in the second and didn’t return. He may be able to skate Tuesday….Ruslan Fedotenko, who had an emergency appendectomy on Feb. 2, said he felt good and is scheduled to be re-examined on Tuesday. He could begin skating soon….Derek Boogaard (concussion, Dec. 9) is in New York, but Tortorella said he is still out long-term.
In a rare occurance, the Rangers won 60 percent of the faceoffs. Brian Boyle was 11 for 18…D Steve Eminger, in his first game after sitting for five as a healthy scratch for Michael Del Zotto, played just 4:08. He lost his stick on the first Penguins goal…D Matt Gilroy played just 7:49….Ryan Callahan led all forwards with 21:35 of ice time….Artem Anisimov led the Rangers with five shots on goal….Henrik Lundqvist finished with 26 saves.