Don't expect Rangers leading scorer Marian Gaborik to be back anytime soon.
Coach John Tortorella repeatedly declined to discuss the status of Gaborik, who suffered a lower-body injury in Slovakia's game against Canada in Vancouver, other than to say he would miss last night's game, his third in a row.
Tortorella would not say the right wing's condition has improved, which appears to indicate that Gaborik, who has 35 goals and 34 assists, won't be in the lineup on Saturday in Washington or Sunday here against the Sabres.
Gaborik's injury, believed to be a groin pull, has prevented him from skating since Saturday. He said he is having trouble pushing off when skating and "couldn't help the team."
Gaborik, 27, had hip flexor surgery last season and played only 17 games. He was healthy this year until his right thigh was cut in a collision in practice with Henrik Lundqvist on Feb. 9.
Artem Anisimov's goal in the first period was his first in 11 games. He scored twice against Pittsburgh on Jan. 25 . . . Michal Rozsival's goal in the second was his second of the season. His other goal was Nov. 28 against the Pens . . . In his first game back after being cut across his left ribs by Evgeny Malkin's skate on Feb. 12, a gash that required 51 stitches, Michael Del Zotto assisted on Chris Drury's power-play goal in the first . . . Three Rangers goals came on the first 10 shots.
MSG saluted the returning Olympians during the first TV timeout. Ryan Callahan drew the most applause. But the four-man bobsled team that won the gold received a standing ovation and sustained chants of "USA" . . . Before the game, Callahan and Dan Girardi avoided autograph-seekers on 33rd Street, but Del Zotto was surrounded and obliged. A couple of guys ran toward the group as it dissipated and one asked an observer: "Is that Crosby?" When told no, he shrugged and said, "Good."