Coach John Tortorella believes Brandon Dubinsky belongs on the wing, but that's not where No. 17 was yesterday, and that's not where he'll be on Wednesday when the Rangers attempt to square their first-round series against the Capitals.

"He is still a left winger but I needed to use him in the middle and he has done a good job," Tortorella said after Dubinsky's goal on a four-on-four situation with 1:39 remaining in the third lifted the Blueshirts to a 3-2, Game 3 victory. "We are not scoring. Our middle of the ice, I think guys have been fighting it a little bit.

"I wanted to get him and Gabby [Marian Gaborik] together."

Dubinsky came to the Rangers as a center, and indeed was Jaromir Jagr's pivot the second half of his 2007-08 rookie season, when No. 68 could not adjust to playing with either Scott Gomez or Chris Drury. Dubinsky played both wing and center last year, but has been on the flank all this year other than for a few shifts.