Angry Torts benches Rangers' Redden, Kotalik

BY foxsports • December 17, 2009

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is making good on his vow to shake up his struggling lineup.

One night after a lifeless 2-1 loss at home to the New York Islanders, Tortorella benched veteran defenseman Wade Redden and forward Ales Kotalik, and dropped captain Chris Drury to the fourth line for the rematch Thursday night on Long Island.

The Rangers fell behind 1-0 on Wednesday in the first period and were outshot 10-3 in the frame. They didn't get a puck past Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson until the final minute of the game.

``The guys that are out has to do with their play,'' Tortorella said. ``It's never over one game, but it has to do with their play.''

Redden, in the second season of a six-year deal with the Rangers, responded angrily to being scratched and got into an argument with Tortorella before the morning skate Thursday.

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