A day after Rangers coach John Tortorella said the organization would have to consider whether reassigning Chris Kreider to Connecticut (AHL) would be best for his development, the rookie was a healthy scratch for the first time since joining the team's lineup last season for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against Ottawa.

"I trust the organization," Kreider, 21, said. "Ultimately they'll make the right decision and have my best interests in mind."

Kreider played just 7:21 in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins and struggled defensively.

Getting there

One positive for the Rangers is that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is regaining his form. He said before the season it would take three to four games before he started feeling comfortable again.

"I felt like my positioning was pretty good and I was reading the game better," said Lundqvist, now 1-3-0 with a 3.46 goals-against average after winning his first Vezina Trophy last season. "You want to get a win to really feel good about yourself, [but] it's definitely a step in the right direction.''

Minor swap

The Rangers acquired 5-foot-11, 185-pound right wing Benn Ferriero, 25, from the Penguins for Chad Kolarik in a swap of minor league forwards. Ferriero, who had 14 goals and eight assists in 92 NHL games for the Sharks, was assigned to Connecticut.