Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch tonight as the New York Rangers try to stave off elimination in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Boston Bruins.

Richards told reporters after Thursday's morning skate that head coach John Tortorella told him over the phone earlier in the morning that he would not be playing.

Richards, 33, has just one goal in 10 playoff games this spring after tallying 34 points in 46 games during the regular season.

Richards, who signed with the Rangers two summers ago to play for his former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach, is in the second year of a nine-year, $58.5 million contract.

The Rangers need to pull off an improbable comeback in this best- of-seven series to make it back to the East finals for a second straight season. New York lost in six games to the New Jersey Devils in last spring's conference finals. Only three teams have come back from an 0-3 hole in the history of the NHL playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942, the New York Islanders in 1975 and the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. The Flyers' comeback three years ago was against the Bruins.

After recording a pair of wins in Boston to begin the series, the Bruins notched a 2-1 decision Tuesday night in New York City. Daniel Paille's goal with 3:31 left in the game led the Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Rangers, who fell to 3-1 on home ice in this postseason. Boston improved to 3-1 as the guest and can close out this series with another road win tonight.

"It's definitely a good feeling but it's not over," said Paille. "They didn't want to go down tonight and we really had to work hard for it. We're really going to have to work hard to try and win this series."