No Rangers shooter has hit a top corner seemingly in months. So damn the potential catastrophic consequences; John Tortorella doesn't want his team to stop trying.

If Henrik Lundqvist takes one in the collarbone during practice like Marty Biron did on trade deadline day, the Rangers' playoff hopes take one in the solar plexus. Chad Johnson, the backup to the backup, has played five NHL games.

But Tortorella was aiming higher than just eighth place, rather toward games in May, when he endorsed last summer's signing of a goalie who could afford Lundqvist a day off a week. So the Rangers coach has enforced no taboo against his shooters aiming high in drills.

"Nope, we're trying to score goals," said Tortorella. "You need to practice hard.

"We give them enough [garbage] about scoring goals that they are going to try to score goals."

Last night, either all that practice or the Rangers' first-round goaltending bust, Al Montoya, chased after two periods from the Islanders' net, paid off. Before, during and after the 6-3 Rangers victory, Tortorella refused to fret over any potential waste caused by a shot above Lundqvist's waist.

To culminate two shifts of brain-lock by Brandon Dubinsky, PA Parenteau was close enough to Lundqvist to give him the flu as he redirected John Tavares' feed to erase what only 1:40 earlier had been a 2-0 Rangers lead. But eight minutes later, Ryan Callahan burst the Isles' bubble and besides, what's Tortorella going to do, put his goalie in a bubble?

Following up a game-saving third period in San Jose Saturday with another in last night's first period, Lundqvist appears finally to be hanging his own Do Not Disturb sign from his goal.