The Rangers continued to prepare for their first round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators with another 45-minute practice on Tuesday at the MSG Training Center. Both Marian Gaborik---who was ill with the flu---and Ryan Callahan---who was attending to personal matters---returned to practice Tuesday after being absent on Monday.
Callahan was unavailable to the media after the workout, but Gaborik met with reporters and stated that he is "feeling better" and will be fine for Game One against the Senators on Thursday night.
"This post-season is going to be a challenge for myself and for everybody here, and I am ready for this challenge," said Gaborik, who scored 41 goals this season. "It's going to be fun, and I am looking forward to it."
Gaborik has appeared in 34 career post-season games, all but five with the Minnesota Wild. He has 13 goals and 24 points in the playoffs, recording one goal and one assist last spring when the Rangers were eliminated in five games by the Washington Capitals in the first round.
As a 21 year-old in 2003 Gaborik helped lead the Wild into the Western Conference Finals, notching nine goals and 17 points in 18 post-season games that year.
"What you learn it's not just one game, it's a series and it's best out of seven," explained Gaborik. "You can't get down if things are not going your way. You have to stay positive. It's a series, and everyone is bringing it to another level. That's what I learned. The post-season is a new and different season from the regular season."
The Rangers worked on their power play during the on-ice portion of practice, as well as in the classroom studying video. It's no secret that the Rangers struggled on the power play much of 2011-12, though they did perform better down the stretch of the regular season with the man advantage.
Rangers head coach John Tortorella was asked after practice if he thought his team had gained some confidence from some late-season power play success.
"I think it's helped us," stated Tortorella. "It's been good. When guys see some pucks go in and they start to make some plays, those offensive people it's good for their confidence. Hopefully at the start of the series we keep building on that."
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