Torts Hits Reset Button

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The opponent tonight is the Coyotes. But as far as John Tortorella is concerned, the surging Rangers' real enemy is complacency.

The coach demonstrated as much shortly after the start of Monday's practice, sending all his players but the two goalies back to the dressing room for a few minutes because he was displeased with their intensity level.

"We just figured we'd start again," Tortorella said. "It's human nature. We've found ways to win some games and you're getting your points, it's human nature to forget about the details."

The Rangers bring a four-game winning streak into tonight's game and have won nine of their last 10 to surge to the top of the NHL standings prior to Monday's games.

But they needed every one of Henrik Lundqvist's 37 saves to beat the Penguins, 3-1, on Friday night in a game Tortorella said at the time he thought his team was ready to "mail in."

"We just spent, prior to practice, 35 minutes looking at how poorly we played in the details against Pittsburgh," Tortorella said. "That's the only way this team can win is making sure they understand their details and stay consistent with it."

The players, apparently, got the message as Tortorella deemed practice good once they retook the ice.

Left wing Mike Rupp said it was simply hitting "the reset button."

"We had to regroup a little bit," center Brian Boyle said. "We're playing well but we have to remember it's January, not June."

The Rangers don't reach the midpoint of their season until after hosting the Senators on Thursday. …