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New Rangers look to build off stellar first impressions

Friday, 04.05.2013 / 1:01 PM

By Chris Adamski - Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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New Rangers look to build off stellar first impressions

PITTSBURGH -- New York Rangers coach John Tortorella said there would be no changes in the lineup for the second of a home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

After New York dominated Pittsburgh in a 6-1 victory Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, why would there be?

Forwards Ryane Clowe and Derick Brassard and defenseman John Moore -- all new additions to the team -- combined for eight points in the win but continue to adapt to the Rangers' system. Each was acquired via trade during the hours preceding the game Wednesday.

"Gradually they're kind of instilling the basics in us," 22-year-old Moore said. "That's pretty refreshing, especially for a young guy like myself, for them to do that. Because if they're giving you too much information you might be thinking too much.

"[Tortorella] has been great in terms of just making sure we're going out, playing our game. When we were walking out of the locker room as we were going out for warm-ups he had a big smile on today: 'Go have fun.' So that's what we tried to do."

Here is what the Rangers' lineup will look like Friday:

Rick Nash - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan

Ryane Clowe - Brad Richards - Mats Zuccarello

Carl Hagelin - Derick Brassard - Brian Boyle

Taylor Pyatt - Darroll Powe - Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman

Michael Del Zotto - Dan Girardi

John Moore - Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

Scratched: Roman Hamrlik, J.T. Miller, Matt Gilroy

Injured: Derek Dorsett (collarbone), Marc Staal (eye)

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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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