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Rangers’ Brad Richards a healthy scratch for Game 4

NEW YORK — With the Rangers on the brink of elimination, John Tortorella is sitting embattled center Brad Richards [1], the slumping scorer revealed Thursday after staying out on the ice following the team’s morning skate.

Richards, who is earning $12 million this season in the second year of his nine-year, $60 million deal (carrying a cap hit of $6.66 million), has skated on the fourth line in the first three games of the conference semifinals against the Bruins. He has no goals this postseason after scoring 11 in the regular season.

Richards said Tortorella called him Thursday morning to tell him he would not be playing.