Rangers coach John Tortorella Monday was named one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which is presented to the coach of the year. The Senators' Paul MacLean and the Blues' Ken Hitchcock were the other finalists.
The Rangers recorded 51 wins and finished as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this season, the third full year for Tortorella, who replaced Tom Renney on Feb. 23, 2009. Tortorella, a Boston native who won the Stanley Cup and the Jack Adams Award with Tampa Bay in 2004, is first among U.S.-born coaches on the NHL all-time wins list with 384.
The votes by the NHL Broadcasting Association were cast at the end of the regular season. The winner will be announced June 20.
"It's a great honor for him," said Brad Richards, who played on the Tampa Bay Cup champion. "The personnel is different but the structure, how the day-to-day things are run, the accountability issues and details of the game, all that's identical. Fifty-one wins; it's a testament to the organization and how the players have bought in."
Brian Boyle, who missed the final two games against the Senators and Saturday's win over the Capitals after suffering a concussion in Game 5 in the first round, centered a third line with Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust. Boyle had a team-leading three goals in five games.
Brandon Dubinsky, who used crutches to walk in the team's training center Sunday, didn't practice and remained sidelined. He was limping badly after a check from the Senators' Zack Smith in Game 7. Dubinsky had one assist in seven games . . . John Scott, Steve Eminger and Jeff Woywitka also were scratched. For Washington, defenseman John Erskine was replaced by Jeff Schultz, who played in four games against the Bruins in the first round.