Notebook: Praying for offense?

May, 22, 2012
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A lack of offense has made John Tortorella a religious man.

The Rangers have struggled to score in the Eastern Conference finals, with their top six forwards combining for just four goals. When asked what could be done to get the top six going, Tortorella mentioned an alternative solution.

"Pray," Tortorella said. "I don't know what else to tell you. We're going to keep on trying to play, pray and hopefully something good happens to them."

The Rangers have scored nine goals in four games, but the top two lines, minus rookie Chris Kreider, have not played up to par when it comes to scoring goals.

Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan have yet to score a goal in the series, while Ryan Callahan has just an empty-netter. Kreider has been the Rangers' best offensive player in the series with his three goals.

The Rangers' bottom lines have not been effective either, with just a pair of goals from Artem Anisimov and Ruslan Fedotenko.

DUBINSKY UPDATE: Brandon Dubinsky (right foot) skated with the team Tuesday, but the team still has no update about his status. Dubinsky said each day his foot gets better and he feels like he's on the right path. He hasn't played since Game 7 against the Senators.

"Of course I want to play each and every game, especially here in the playoffs," Dubinsky said. "But again I’ve got to make sure I'm at a point where I'm going to help the team and not hurt the team.

"[I've] just got to stay focused on that and try and do the best I can."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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