With the forward lines shuffled in today's practice, John Tortorella had Marian Gaborik on the wing with Derek Stepan and Brandon Dubinsky. The coach also had some more encouraging words for Gaborik than he did last night, when he said he "didn't see our best player" in the 5-3 loss to the Lightning.
"This is what I respect most about Gabby: he's one of the more engaged, in-tune elite players in the league," Tortorella said. "He has struggled. I just want him to simplify everything. And he will. He'll respond. He's our best player. He knows that, our team knows that. He'll get it done the right way."
Gaborik said his shoulder hasn't been bothering him.
"I can't make excuses -- I want to play better, obviously," he said. "We just need to play better as a team and for myself as well. When you come back (from injury), it takes a little bit. Now, I have to go out every shift and try to play my game, make the opposing D miserable; that's how I've been successful. And I will do that."