It was one power-play practice session two days before the opening playoff game in Washington, nothing more and nothing less than that, but that doesn't change the fact that yesterday for the first time in memory, Marian Gaborik skated on the Rangers' second unit.

The Blueshirts went through approximately 40 minutes of drills and line rushes before taking a break while the ice was flooded. When the club returned for 20 minutes of full-ice PP work, Gaborik was on the unit with Brian Boyle and Wojtek Wolski up front and Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi on the points.

Erik Christensen exchanged spots with Gaborik to move up to the first unit with forwards Vinny Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky and point-men Bryan McCabe and Marc Staal.

The Rangers' first PP unit had featured Gaborik with Prospal and Ryan Callahan, but Dubinsky took Callahan's spot last Thursday against Atlanta after Callahan sustained a broken ankle blocking a Zdeno Chara shot last Monday night against the Bruins.

The Blueshirts went 0-for-4 on the power play in the 3-0 defeat to the Thrashers, and then did not get a man-advantage in the season-ending 5-2 victory over the Devils on Saturday in which there was just one set of coincidental minors called throughout the match.