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Extra rest is just fine with the Rangers

by Dave Lozo
The schedule is a little quirky in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Rangers and Capitals. The teams are receiving two days of rest between Sunday's Game 3 and Wednesday's Game 4 and will get two more days off before Saturday afternoon's Game 5 back in D.C.

Rangers coach John Tortorella doesn't consider it ideal, but he believes it can be used to as a positive.

"I know if you ask me personally, I'd rather play every other day," Tortorella said. "You need to try to find the best way to use it. And we have our process we'll go through. Players want to play, but we can't do nothing about it, so we'll go about our business.

"You get some rest. It depends on what guys are nicked up, if any. We're pretty healthy mentally, pretty healthy physically. You try to turn it into a positive. It's the schedule and you go about your business."

Players were mostly indifferent about the extra rest. Would they prefer to play Tuesday night? Sure, but it's not that big a deal to them.

"It gives us a little rest, and that's good too," forward Ruslan Fedotenko said. "I go with the flow. Day between, that's great. Two days between, that's good too. I'm not thinking too much. Just regroup and get ready for the next game."

Power play woes: Even with a goal by Erik Christensen in Sunday's win, Tortorella didn't see much difference in the struggling power play.

"Erik scores a big goal for us, but we've got some work to do," Tortorella said.

Tortorella was asked what was better about the power play, besides the fact they scored.

"Not too much," Tortorella said. "We scored a goal. That's what's better."

The Rangers are 2-for-38 in their last 13 games and 1-for-11 in the series with the Caps on the power play.

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