The Rangers practiced Sunday afternoon at the MSG Training Center before catching the team charter to Ottawa, where the third and fourth games of their best-of-seven playoff series against the Senators will be played Monday and Wednesday.
Henrik Lundqvist did not practice---given a maintenance day---and Carl Hagelin skated on his own after taking part in a disciplinary hearing with the NHL's Brendan Shanahan following his elbowing major i nSaturday's Game 2 at The Garden.
The forward line combinations were juggled during practice---in part due to Hagelin's absence. Brandon Dubinsky was moved on to a line with Artem Anisimov and Ryan Callahan; and Derek Stepan was centering the fourth line with Mike Rupp and John Mitchell. Ruslan Fedotenko skated in Hagelin's spot to the left of Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik; and Brandon Prust was with Brian Boyle and Chris Kreider.
Defenseman Steve Eminger also skated with his teammates for the first time in weeks since injuring his ankle. He was unavailable for comment after practice.
Dubinsky met with reporters for the first time since receiving his game misconduct penalty for jumping to Boyle's defense when Boyle was ambushed by Matt Carkner Saturday. The popular Blueshirt declined to address why he was ejected from the game, but was serious in the message he wanted to send.
"Look, I don't want to talk about it," said Dubinsky. "We'll be ready to play tomorrow. I'll be ready to play tomorrow. We expect them to be good again, and we need to be better. I think that's what's important here. Not what happened yesterday, but what's going to happen tomorrow."
Boyle agreed with Dubinsky.
"That was yesterday, that's over with," said Boyle when asked about Carkner's attack. "We expect a battle again in Game Three."