The New York Rangers have won two straight games, rather convincingly, heading into their grudge rematch Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, the team to whom the Blueshirts dropped their season opener back on Jan. 19.
The loss foretold New York's sluggish start. But now, all of a sudden, the Rangers are beginning to look like the Stanley Cup contender they were expected to be heading into the lockout-shortened campaign. So what's changed on Broadway?
It's probably not a coincidence that the recent resurgence came after coach John Tortorella scrapped his all-world first line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. The New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis notes that since the shakeup, the Rangers "have gotten goals from the depths of their roster. It is exactly the type of balance Tortorella was looking for."
But it doesn't mean the change will be permanent. "They [Nash-Richards-Gaborik] could go back together. Who knows?” Tortorella told the paper. “I just watch the game, watch how our players are playing, and if we need to change some things, we go about doing that. Who knows what happens in another week.”