It was like the gears turning in John Tortorella’s head were visible, his brain running a mile a minute in hopes of finding a way to get his team going, to get it to finally convert on some scoring chances.

But after his Rangers fought back from an early two-goal deficit last night to draw even with the Capitals and earn a point, it stayed a loser’s point as the Blueshirts fell 3-2 in a shootout last night at the Garden.

“I’m not even thinking about playoffs,” said Tortorella, whose 15-13-3 team leapfrogged the idle Hurricanes into the eighth and final postseason spot. “I’m not even thinking about [the] loss. I’m thinking about points. We got one. Would we have liked to have two? Yes, but we didn’t get it.”

The most glaring move Tortorella made in trying to get that much-needed second point was move rookie Chris Kreider up to the top line late in the second period. Skating with Brad Richards and Rick Nash, the line played well put couldn’t convert when they needed to.

It also meant that Marian Gaborik was demoted, not as humbling as his previous benchings, but skating alongside Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt is not a place of prestige for the team’s leading scorer from last season.

“I thought [Kreider] was skating well,” said Tortorella, who had originally started him with Boyle and Pyatt in his second game since being recalled. “I thought he was on the puck. I wanted to try and give Gabby another look with another line, [matched] against another defensive pair.

“Chris is doing all the things we’re asking him to do. Almost scores. That line, I think needs someone to chase down some pucks.”