Captain Chris Drury returns for the Rangers' last game tonight. Gilroy moves back to defense at the expense of Eminger who is a healthy scratch. Sean Avery is also a healthy scratch (sixth time this season), Mats Zuccarello returns to the lineup.
Random Thought: Lots of people talking about stripping the "C" from Chris Drury, but I don't see what good calling him Hris Drury would do.
The good news keeps coming. Not only do we have three days to enjoy the complete annihilation of the Capitals, but according to Andrew Gross, the Rangers will get Chris Drury back for Wednesday night's game against Pittsburgh
"It's about winning, it's not about ice time," Drury told ESPN.com after the game. "We will do whatever Coach Wilson and [GM Brian Burke] wants us to do. That's the bottom line."
- Chris Drury understands his role on Team USA and that no one is bigger than the team.
Sean Avery rotating in on fourth line with Brian Boyle Donald Brashear and Aaron Voros.
Top three lines remain constant: Prospal-Dubinsky-Gaborik Higgins-Drury-Callahan Lisin-Anisimov-Kotalik
In case you missed it, the Rangers were on David Letterman last night to read the Top 10 list, and Mouth has the video on RangerCrisis.com
WASHINGTON -- When the series ended, when the Rangers went through the handshake line following last night's 2-1 Game 7 defeat, Chris Drury used his left hand to congratulate the Capitals.
That's because, as he told The Post, the captain had played the first round with a broken right hand he sustained late in the April 9 victory over the Flyers in the Garden finale that clinched a playoff berth.
Drury, who sustained a non-displaced fracture when hit by a shot, missed the season finale in Philadelphia then the opening game against the Caps. He returned, but with now understandable limited effectiveness -- unable to shoot or pass with authority, unable to play a hard game.
There were only eight Rangers on the ice Thursday at Verizon Center, but captain Chris Drury was one of them and he said he's preparing as if he's going to play Saturday in Game 2 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
After not skating for four days, Chris Drury practiced today and said he expecetd to play in Game 1 against the Capitals
"I thought Chris Drury really tried to lead tonight, on the bench he was rock solid. I just think he cares so much, he binds himself. I really felt after he scored the goal, it just allows you to feel better about yourself. It's a confidence thing. That is where I thought he really took off."