BUFFALO - Not that you'd expect differently, but coach John Tortorella supported the nomination of Chris Drury as the Rangers' candidate for the Masterton Trophy by the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
"Good choice. About time you got something right," Tortorella said.
Teammates cited his perseverance and professionalism on and off the ice. "He's our captain for a reason," Erik Christensen said. "The way he carries himself, how hard he plays. I don't know how else to put it, it takes a lot of guts. I've never seen a guy block so many shots on a five-on-three . . . He plays to win every night, every shift."
Ryan Callahan said that despite the public perception that Drury is too quiet, the veteran "is not afraid to speak out" in the locker room. "He's a great guy, not only for the younger guys, but for guys like me to look up to. I don't know if it's fair to him some of the things people say or some people write."
Drury, 32, said he was "very honored that's how you guys think of me. We have a lot of guys dedicated and committed to the game who've had to go through a lot of things."
Christensen and Vinny Prospal are co-winners of the Good Guy Award, which has been renamed for the late John Halligan, a longtime team public-relations executive. It is presented by the media to players or coaches deemed most cooperative.
Sean Avery (knee) did not make the trip and it is doubtful that he will play again in the regular season . . . Brian Boyle (left ankle) skated in the morning but missed his seventh consecutive game . . . The debut of RW Dale Weise, 21, called up from Hartford on Sunday, was postponed. Weise, Enver Lisin and Matt Gilroy were healthy scratches.