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Tortorella responds to Boudreau; Rangers' new lines

Tuesday, 04.19.2011 / 7:29 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 ECQF: Washington-New York Live Blog

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Tortorella responds to Boudreau; Rangers' new lines
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau told a radio station Monday that he felt the New York Rangers were targeting the head of defenseman Mike Green, who battled concussion problems and sat the final 20 games of the regular season.

Boudreau said Rangers defenseman Marc Staal delivered a blow to the head of Green just before Washington's Mike Knuble tied the score at 2-2 late in third period of Sunday's Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. There was no penalty on the play and there was no punishment for the hit handed down by the League.

On Tuesday, Rangers coach John Tortorella responded to those comments.

"We have confidence in the League, we have confidence in the officials that they won't be influenced by all the whining going on here right now," Tortorella said. "We're staying away from it. Our mindset is just focusing on what we need to do, how we play, play the right way, and get ready for Game 4. That's our main focus.

"Again, we have confidence in the League that this doesn't affect the series. It's a pretty good series between two pretty good teams going at it pretty hard."

Another day, another set of lines: The Rangers unveiled new lines at practice Tuesday, and if they hold to form, this is what the Capitals will be facing Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden:

Prospal-Dubinsky-Gaborik
Fedotenko-Anisimov-Stepan
Avery-Boyle-Prust
Wolski-Christensen-Drury

The changes are with the top two lines. Basically, Ruslan Fedotenko and Vinny Prospal traded positions. The defense pairings are unchanged, although Bryan McCabe will be sporting a wicked new mustache when he takes the ice, joining Boyle and Dubinsky among those with mustaches on the roster.

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