Gaborik, Richards practice on separate lines

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After scoring just three goals in their last two games, it looks like the New York Rangers are making some adjustments.

“Obviously, we just need to score more goals,” Richards said. “It’s 2-2 and we lose in overtime [in Game 4]. We want to make big plays.”

Coach John Tortorella opted to try a more balanced approach to his scoring lines on Friday with Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards practicing on different lines. Gaborik skated with Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov while Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan were on the same line as Richards.

Gaborik and Richards both recorded two power-play assists in Game 4 on Wednesday, so it’d be wrong to say they’re struggling, but these changes might help spark the team as a whole. The Rangers’ first round series with the eighth seed Ottawa Senators is tied at 2-2 going into Game 5 on Saturday.