Game 2: Bruins 5, Rangers 2 … Post-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

Eastern Conference Semifinals
Game 2 – TD Garden
Bruins 5, Rangers 2 (BOS leads 2-0).

Team Notes:

–      The Rangers were defeated by the Boston Bruins, 5-2, today at TD Garden, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts now trail in the series, 2-0.

–      New York has posted a record of 212-231-8 overall in postseason action, including a 93-143-6 mark on the road.

–      The Blueshirts out-shot the Bruins, 37-32, including a 16-9 advantage in the second period.

–      The Rangers held the Bruins scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00), and are now 17-21 (81.0%) on the penalty kill in the playoffs.

Player Notes:

–      Ryan Callahan notched an unassisted goal at 8:01 of the first period, and was credited with a game-high, eight hits in 22:00 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in each of the last three games (two goals, one assist over the span).

–      Rick Nash registered his first playoff goal as a Ranger, and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal in 22:23 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of the last three games (one goal, two assists over the span).

–      Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist and was credited with two hits in 17:29 of ice time. He has now recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last seven games.

–      Dan Girardi registered an assist, three shots on goal, and was credited with three hits in 19:29 of ice time. He now leads all Rangers defensemen in scoring with three points (one goal, two assists) in the playoffs.

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and is now 29-35 in 64 career postseason contests. The last time he allowed five goals in a game was Mar. 9, 2011 at Anaheim, a streak of 152 games (regular season + playoffs).

–      Derick Brassard tied for the game-high with four shots on goal, was credited with four hits, and won 6-11 faceoffs (55%) in 20:16 of ice time. His six-game point streak, which was the longest by a Ranger in the playoffs since Wayne Gretzky’s nine-game point streak in the 1997 postseason, came to an end. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

–      Steve Eminger was credited with a team-high, three blocked shots in 12:08 of ice time.

Team Schedule:

–      The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 20, is 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center.

–      The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, May 21, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. – TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup.

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  1. Henrik was outplayed badly by a second string goalie. Worst game for Girardi as a ranger. Pp is horrific.

  2. um, Rask is hardly second string. He’s way better than Holtby and a few others in the tournament.

  3. DelZ makes 3 mil, Girardi 3.4 mil. In light of that, what’s McDonuts worth?

  4. :) You can’t fool me, you just added it all up! BTW, Eminger’s next dangerous pinch attempt should be made in the balcony at Loewe’s.

  5. I think we turn it all around at MSG. If by chance we don’t, we still have the Mets to keep us entertained all summer.

  6. Evrock The Boat, Baby on


    Carp,I do not envy your job of reviewing this one. That’s gonna be one long, mostly negative bunch of bullet points.Every time Lundqvist was screened and a puck got through to him also got through to the net. The Rangers defense needs to get Hank a clear line of site and part of that is not adding to the problem. It’s bad enough Lundqvist is already screened, no reason to add to that screen with your own body.Rask played a great game, aside from being juked out of his boxers by Callahan. Somehow the pucks were finding him. He had a rather lucky game. Rangers put a lot of pucks right on him from up close.Speaking of up close, is it too much to ask the rangers point men on the power play to move in a bit and then fire? They did their usual “we can’t leave the blueline by more than three feet” thing again. Too bad they do the exact opposite in their own zone. They still let the opposition have a free pass into their zone with absolutely no pressure whatsoever. That’s how goal #1 was scored. Overall the defense was terrible in this game. The only positive point was McDonagh joining the offense and finding himself on Rask’s doorstep a few times and almost putting one home.Girardi…. He’s not exactly having a fantastic postseason, punctuated by his wonderful prowess at sliding around on the ice at the wrong time and wrong place actually almost directly at fault for two of the Bruins’ goals. Just putrid.

  7. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Well, the fact Boston can score 5 times on our ‘King’ seems a bit deflating. Being down, 2-0, felt pretty bad 10 days ago, too.

    We need to win games at home. We won 4 out of the last 5 last series.

    One shift at a time. One period at a time.

    We can do this. I think. Kind of….

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Torts should know better than to have our two biggest defensive liabilities on the ice at the same time: Delzaster and Richards.

    That’s a recipe for absolute confusion in front of Henrik

  9. Goon Alert: Dorsett has a nifty left as well as a right. No use grabbing his jersey by the right shoulder.

  10. The two minutes of an NYR power play elapse 89275975x quicker than any other team’s two minutes.

  11. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    If Mark goes down to join his brothers in Carolina, instead of getting paid, the family should just be given title to the team. Then, maybe, they could move the franchise to a place that seems logical.

  12. Tom Foolery on

    Girardi has not had a good season. I would even say that Stralman has outplayed him overall. I’m starting to lose all hope on Del Zaster. Maybe someday it “clicks” but how much longer will they wait?

  13. Do the Bruins seem to have an above average ability as a whole at knocking down and contolling waist high pucks. They don’t seem to miss, or is it just me?

  14. Seedubbb, I’ve noticed it too. It’s similar to the Devils’ ability to keep the puck in at the points.

  15. Scary part is I do not believe Boston has started to approach just how physically tough they can be.

  16. The Rangers have played the best they can play.

    The plain facts as pointed out by many on numerous occasions are they do not measure up to the top teams in size, strength, speed and talent.

    We have good not great players with a decent core group.

    We also have an all world goalie and those denigrating him or the coaching staff are at best delusional and at worst front runners.

    Everyone who has watched knows the issues are balanced scoring and wings with more size and grit, some additional size and mean on D and most of all a group that plays together for several seasons so they actually understand a system and their place in it.

    While another minor miracle would be nice it seems fairly obvious that the Bruins simply outclass our squad.

    Hopefully they will at least make a better show of it but predictions of Bruins in 6 or 7 now seem a stretch.

    The real issues again must be addressed in the off season and based on past history and a paucity of the type prospects we need in the system I believe the Cup shut out will continue.

    Zero top draft picks, a weak FA class, resigning our own players, cap issues and the gross incompetence of this GM and his crew do not bode well for the immediate future.

    Other than that the Yanks are exceeding expectations!

  17. You would think the exposure of our weaknesses to this extent would result in positive changes. They are obvious. But as you point out, how? Gotta be trade. Should be an interesting off season. First things first, lets see how Tue/Thurs go.

  18. At least our ‘Mr put us over the top’ Nash notched one today. This guy just makes me wonder. Some superstar!

  19. Comnsnse, interesting how you say the team just isn’t good enough yet those blaming anything on the coaching staff are silly. I’m still in the Tort’s camp and don’t want to see him gone, but if this kind of play continues into the middle of next season he’s gotta go. He has some great qualities, they work hard, hustle, play hard every night (funny how those aren’t a given from professionals) and has instilled a much tougher, more team building atmosphere. When he has a camp next year I’m expecting better things out of this group.

    But he also has some mind numbing mistakes that he makes over and over that we can all see. You can say ‘well the players aren’t that good, what do you expect?’ but you can’t keep trotting Del Zotto and Richards out at the points, not for one second during that power play. There’s no reason to continue playing them there. Del Zotto and Girardi CANNOT be paired together Game 3, they weren’t good in Game One and were dreadful this afternoon. Again you may say ‘But then Del Zotto and Eminger have to be paired’ and that is a truly frightening thought, but it can’t get much worse than 5 goals allowed while on the ice can it? And do we even need to mention his endless faith in Richards? At least he got that right finally, albeit about 35 games late. And hey, maybe Torts can go over some tape and realize the Bruins score half their goals from the points and stop collapsing down in the zone so hard and giving the pointmen all day and night to choose where to shoot.

    No one’s off the hook for their play and the coaches certainly shouldn’t be off the hook either.

  20. Carp You’ve got to calm down. Nobody on this team had a good day. We’re not mean enough simply stated. We just don’t fight back and that includes Nash. He’s got to man up. Re Marino, I never thought I would ever agree with you on anything, but Marino was perhaps one of the top six QB’s of all time. He just played on a crappy team. Similar to Lunqvist who is one of the best but just had a bad day like Giradi, DZ & the rest of the team. The trouble is everyone expects Henrik to be great every game and when he’s not they all come down hard on him. We live in a what have you done for me lately world. Tort’s has to be somewhat accountable for not developing some decent power play and shooting his mouth off about Hagelin. Real stupid.

  21. Jon Paul G. on

    Torey Krug>> offensively than every Rangers defenseman. Sadder, but true.

  22. They just had a brilliant stretch of possession which is leading to a power play.. you could see some of DET in their play, which is to be expected considering Teddy Roosevelt’s time behind the bench there.

  23. lone, about what do I need to calm down? I’m pretty calm.

    agree on the PP responsibility — it’s all on Tortorella. disagree about the Hagelin comments, which were blown way out of proportion. those two have a great relationship. He did the same crap with St. Louis and Lecavalier, with Prospal and Fedotenko.

  24. We need wings with more size and grit? Grittier than Ash, Dorsett, Cally, Pyatt, Clowe, Nash? Nash doesn’t score two, some assume he didn’t show up. Watch the game. Zuccs and Hags are small, but grit is not their problem.

  25. Fifty four games into the season and some few say Richie missed training camp and with a full camp he would have given us 25. It is to grimace.

  26. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    The Rangers and the whole world knew all season long that the power play was awful.. its now its biting the team in the butt. A teams flaws (lack of scoring) etc., really show the deeper you go into the playoffs.

    And I think Torts should have put Biron in towards the end of the game A) to rest Hank and B ) perhaps this time send a subtle message ( instead of putting his foot in his mouth ) to the team ,.

  27. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    CCCP I own the ledge.. stop by Tuesday I’ll be expecting you.

  28. Cooscoos Take Pyatt out of that mix. He’s a pretty big guy although very slow

  29. To compete with the elite teams and challenge for a cup,

    ……………..we need more talent and skill throughout the line-up

    ……………..we need to win more of the critical puck battles

    ……………..we need better coaching

    ……………..we need players with more nasty, grit and jam

  30. ……….we need to call Geico

    it won’t help us to win the cup but we can still save some moneys!

  31. I’m on my 4th Bushmill, preceded by 3 ice cold Becks.

    Help me. Not sure if I’m on the Texas or New York Ranger Blog?

  32. OTT looking like NYR right now. PIT are clearly standing up at their blue line, yet they are trying over and over again to unsuccessfully skate the puck in. Dump and chase, damnit!

  33. well you guys havent heard from me yet today. i had to watch the game on dvr 4 hours after the fact and just finished due to my uncle surprise 60th bday. without knowing the score i sit down and actually felt good.




  34. _Martin and Letang looked like Girardi and Del Zotto on that tying goal._

    Deference is, they only look like that once a game…no 5 times :)

  35. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Great pass and even greater shot!! Alfie!!!

    Wish we could do that!

  36. I’m calm now :)

    C3, is there a coatroom on the ledge?

    Do you guys agree with me, that I’d like to see Chris Neil run Matt Cooke into the third row, even if it means a suspension?

  37. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    JR has ACTUALLY seen the light on Richards. He actually saw how atrocious he was today and said it on national.

    Glad you national guys woke up on that one.

  38. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Just how does Cooke, a repeat offender, get away with the stick to the face of Karlsson with 8 minutes to go?? No call??

  39. Matty”Monster Nash”Boy
    JR has ACTUALLY seen the light on Richards. He actually saw how atrocious he was today and said it on national.

    Matty, all the talking heads needed to do was to tune on here about 10 games into the season and they would have had a scoop…..Richards I’d finished. We saw it, they didn’t. Who needs the hockey pundits anyway?

  40. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Most games, with home team tying up game under a minute left, I’d think the home team would win in OT. Seems to me Pitt wants to end this series in 4. I’d love to see Ottowa score, but me thinks the Pen’s keep coming at them.


  41. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    No doubt, Papa. No doubt.

    It must be hard to just see cameo’s of each team. You have to go by past reputation, I’d guess. This has just been such a catastrophic fall from quasi-greatness, it seems the news of it hasn’t spread as it should have.

    I continue to have great disdain for the long-term, lock ’em up, no trade clause, oodles of donero, contracts. Name 3 that have actually worked out and I will name 20 that haven’t.

  42. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    THe Rangers will lock up Hank and he will morph into DiPietro in a year.

  43. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Anderson’s made about 4 excellent saves in OT already. 70 seconds.

  44. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    This OT is looking like ours in game 1. Lots of ‘look out’ shots.

    (Definition of look out shot: After face off, your defensemen yells “Look out”)

  45. Olga Folkyerself on

    I continue to have great disdain for the long-term, lock ‘em up, no trade clause, oodles of donero, contracts.

    It’s Sather’s Way… and none of his ever work.

  46. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Kyle Turris in position that Richards, Cally, Girardi, MDZ and so many other Rangers were not today. Well played, Kyle.

  47. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Ah, there you are!!!

    I am wondering if as, early as THursday, those chants could be erupting at MSG.


    (think of how it would have been if he didn’t rescue himself with the Columbus/Gabby deal)

  48. Olga Folkyerself on

    Sather makes far more big mistakes than big successes. Most of his so-called good trades come from trying to get rid of his big failures. Meanwhile the years pass by, the Rangers going up a little and down a little, never great, never lousy- a perennial 6-10th place team, half the time missing the playoffs, the other half with a miracle hope for the Cup.
    Bring on the next guy…

  49. Olga Folkyerself on

    And if anything “stinks” in this organization (to quote Torts), It’s Sather’s draft record as GM.

  50. _C3, is there a coatroom on the ledge?_

    Of course there is, Carl! You will get a VIP treatment ;)

  51. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Cooke draws another one. what a pristine reputation he has …. in tonight’s game.

  52. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Interesting how they draw the points down, 10 feet closer to the goal. tighten up the box, quick pass. quite a PP.

  53. Almost miss Bickel and Haley. Ash, Dorsett, Bicks, Haley, Clowe, McIlrath. If, after game 3, we’re to go down, give them something to remember us by. :)

  54. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    So they lost Grypka and Neil. Getting smaller and smaller they are, Ottowa.

  55. Need Bickel for faceoffs.

    Olga, free agency history is loaded with failure. Was just reading how the baseball owners are going nuts in Anaheim and L.A. and might fire their GMs and/or managers because of the ludicrous expectations heaped on their teams by spending zillions on free agents.

    Never works.

    Tell me one big-money NYR free agent that ended well.

  56. Bruins Bobby Orr on


    DO YA? DO YA? DO YA?

    I DO. I DO. I DO.


    Bruins 2 Rags 0

  57. Rupp is going to heaven, not as a hockey player, but needs fifteen more successful fights to qualify to get into the compassionate boxing wing.

  58. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers could have scored 5 goals in the second. The next time we are in Boston, it will be tied 2-2. Rangers in 6.

  59. Major distinction between this series 0-2 start and the previous series 0-2 start……

    No silver linings….not happy with any aspect of our play, including goaltending,

  60. Stranger Nation on

    Richards looks good…I’d keep putting him out there. Must be tough to run the Preakness and then play a hockey game

  61. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – rangers created uber chances… Just dint quite finish enough. This series could just as easily be 2-0 the other way….

  62. Stranger Nation on

    Only good news about today was we cant play worse defensively, at least I hope.
    MDZ and GA Girardi were adysmally abombinable.

  63. Stranger Nation on

    Zucc has been non-factor in these games. Do Nash and Brass need someone else on their wing? like say, The Kreider?!?
    Had great hit on Chara tonite.

  64. From Greatest Hockey

    The New York Rangers plucked Graves away from Edmonton in 1991 via the free agency market. It was in New York that Graves blossomed into a star. He erupted in 1991-92 to score 26 goals, doubling his career total. The next year he improved to 36 goals and by 1993-94 he joined Vic Hadfield as only the second New York Ranger in history to score 50 goals. In fact Graves’ 52 goals better Hadfield’s then-team record by 2.

  65. Oh, traded FROM the Rangers. Okay. But in answer to Carp’s question, I think he ended well.

  66. Stranger Nation on

    GA scored the superfecta tonite in having a goal scored against in four different ways;
    1 – Classic back up Goalie – Rodin ‘thinker’ pose on 1 knee while Druce, I mean, Krug skates up and rips a wrister by Hank.
    2 – Full Body Screen – plays door, not window, in front of Hank.
    3 – Deadly Puck Sight lock – stares a new BFF MDZ as the puck goes behind him and onto Marchand’s stick by a nose
    4 – Classic Snow Angel – slip-sliding away, the human zamboni deftly clears off ice shavings in front of Hank as puck goes into net.

    The GA Girardi Superfecta!!

  67. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Yes, graves was traded to SJ. I thought he was traded from Edmonton to us. He was part of the Oiler “kid” line.

  68. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    SNation – it paid $453.34 363.34. 212.5

    And the daily double 5-4 paid $453.67

  69. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I couldn’t tell if it was carp or Greg posting for a while as wired as carp was lol (s)

    I started calling girardi OPG when he signed his new contract a couple seasons ago. I couldn’t understand why the rangers would sign a d man to that kind of money who always took himself out of the play by sliding on the ice and not taking the body.

    Last year, he was pretty good. Now…welcome back OPG!!!!

    The fact is this is a vanilla D and has been. It doesn’t do anything exceptionally well (except not take the body enough and slide themselves out of position way too much).

    There needs to be 2 new D men next season and both physical. One needs to be mcilrath and the other needs to be a physical free agent D man.

  70. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I actually think Boston looks worse defensively than the caps did, if we played D in this series like the last one, we’d be up 2-0.

    Powerplay needs to cost someone their job, period!!!

    My three stars in no particular order

  71. I always said Girardi backed up all the way to the goalie and didn’t really take the man or play great defense. Not a great skater, not a great shot.

    Last year he made a miraculous turn-around. He pots a few goals. He has been a good second pair.

    DelZotto is a wreck. You never know what you are going to get there but inconsistency. He tends to chase the puck too much. Definitely an asset for bringing the puck up ice and joining the rush.

    People say the better team wins a seven game series as opposed to a “one and done” like the NFL. You hope a great goalie can steal one game.

  72. if Staal and Clowe were in the lineup we would match up well with the Bruins. The Boyle line and the Richards line are being seriously outplayed.

    This lineup will not win four games.

  73. the powerplay still stinks. but Richards and MDZ continue to get time out there.

    Moore? Torts said he liked him, he must be kind of smelly. Torts never said he stinks…

    I thought he said good things, you don’t want a stinky power play.

  74. Kreider is still going through the process, that doesn’t sound good. The one person who has shown he can score, doesn’t get ice time….. We are gonna have to win all games 2-0

    Just look at the ice time distribution of both teams tonight…. no freaking way we will beat Boston like that.

    after watching other team’s power plays. I really doubt the Rangers power play, after stinking the entire season and three weeks of playoffs, will suddenly get productive.

  75. REI@8:35, As I read your comments I am somewhat mystified by the conclusion that the coaching staff has the ability to correct what you and others perceive as
    coaching mistakes or lack of teaching”.

    With some this is a common thread on this blog, who have never answered the obvious questions.

    Does any coach’s basic philosophy not start with putting players in a position to succeed? Of course, and are not his decisions made on the basis of their ability to do so?

    Of course or they will not have their jobs for long either.

    This is the group this staff has had to work with, many of whom are new to this organization which time and again I’ve said is part of the problem.

    However at the risk of being redundant the only question to be asked and answered is ,does this organization have sufficient talent to compete at the playoff level and perhaps contend for a cup?

    My opinion is no! And my culprits are the GM and staff that provide the ingredients for the coaching staff.

    I continue to ask the same question over and over.

    What current coach would have done a better job this year or in past years with the players provided?

    Specifics please as to how they would do it, and remember some of the current crop of coaches fired from one job who have then had success with other teams. Julien and Quenville come to mind, yes?

    And lastly, where do you believe the Rangers would be without Lundqvist in this or any year who of course is a Vezina caliber goalie, as opposed to say Rask or Crawford?

  76. CoosCoos, your 9:21 post is disingenuous at best and simply provocative at worst.

    Of the names you note in response to my grit, size etc. comments, whom among them is considered not simply gritty but talented in the area I continually note, “one who also can score”?

    Callahan,who is undersized physically but not mentally for his style of play!

    You know as does any informed fan that what we need are Cam Neely types, size, grit and talent!

    And Coos I do respect your opinions if not your code speak so give the competition stuff a rest!

    Thank you

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