An explosive push-off accelerated Marian Gaborik toward Henrik Lundqvist for a penalty shot Wednesday in practice. The Rangers’ key free agent signing first froze the goalie, who is noted for his success in one-on-one showdowns with skaters, then beat him with a blink-and-you-missed-it wrist shot.
"You need that guy, that game-breaker," coach John Tortorella said. "Those are key players if you want to win in this league consistently."
"It’s always good to have players who bring a lot of attention," said Lundqvist, 27, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist entering his fifth season. "You’ve got to be aware of a guy like that. There’s 10, 15 players, they’re just a little bit better than the rest in putting the puck in the net."
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BRIEFS: Tortorella said there was "no possibility" Sean Avery (sprained right knee) would play tonight. … The Rangers will be on the visitors’ bench during tonight’s Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony. "I don’t want to be disrespectful to what that trophy is," Tortorella said. "I think it’s a great thing, especially with the youth on this team." … A snag developed between Alexei Semenov, who Wednesday agreed to a one-year deal worth $600,000 after coming to training camp on a tryout basis, and the Rangers. Semenov did not practice Thursday, but accompanied the team to Pittsburgh.