Marian Gaborik's concussion saga continued right along its confusing path Thursday, with the star right wing saying in the morning that he held out hope to return to the Rangers' lineup Friday night in Ottawa, while John Tortorella dismissed that possibility.

"No," the coach said. "He still has symptoms."

Gaborik admitted at the Rangers' practice rink in Greenburgh that he continues to experience headaches and that he felt worse Thursday than he did on Wednesday, when he took part in his first full practice since leaving after the first period on Feb. 20 against Philadelphia.

That was the third game after Gaborik sustained the first concussion of his career, on a hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brook Orpik on Feb. 13. Gaborik thought that it was just "a little bell-ringer." When he struggled at a practice two days later, Gaborik and the team chalked it up to flu-like symptoms, and he scored against the Los Angeles Kings two days after that before feeling unable to concentrate in the game against the Flyers.