The Blueshirts are 2-4-1 at home, and for all the talk on how they have to be better on Broadway, the solution cannot just be more effort and grit. There was to be some skill involved.
Presumably, Marian Gaborik, who scored 86 points last season, will provide some finish when he returns next Sunday or soon after. Rookie Mats Zuccarello had a hat trick last night for Hartford. Maybe the Norwegian hobbit's time is coming.
"It's going to be great to get him (Gaborik) back soon," said Dubinsky. "We've been without him for a while and we've had some success." Gaborik had 14 PPG last season, Vinny Prospal, six, and Chris Drury 2.
What is abundantly clear is that some players in this particular group aren't providing any punch.
Alex Frolov cannot buy a goal. Erik Christensen, played 11:21, and was benched in the third for all but 53 seconds. For the first time all year, it seems, the team's biggest offensive threats, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, could not hit the scoresheet. Michael Del Zotto is not the attacker he was last season. And faceoffs? Don't look: 30 percent.
"For us to develop offense, we have to win battles," said John Tortorella. And on nights when you don't, this is the result.