If benching Brandon Dubinsky once turns into benching Dubinsky twice turns into benching Dubinsky three times, isn't it safe to suggest John Tortorella's tough-love tactic, which is unique in the coach's approach to the Rangers' core players, isn't having the desired effect and might not be the best way to get the best out of the 25-year-old Alaskan?

The Rangers' game has been less than pristine not only over the last five weeks, during which the team has gone 9-7-2, but also throughout much of this season, during which Henrik Lundqvist's Hart Trophy caliber goaltending and Martin Biron's essentially equally impressive support in nets have negated even the most glaring breakdowns.