Game 3: Bruins at Rangers tonight (7:30) … pre-game notes


Courtesy of the NYR:

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 3
Tuesday, May 21 (7:30 p.m.) – Madison Square Garden
BOS leads 2-0

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 2-0, following a 5-2 loss in Game 2 on Sunday at TD Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 212-231-8 record all-time in 451 playoff contests (119-88-2 at home; 93-143-6 on the road). New York has posted a 37-42 record all-time in Game 3s.
The Rangers and Bruins are meeting in the playoffs for the 10th time overall, and the first time in 40 years. Their last postseason encounter was in the 1973 Quarterfinals, a series won by New York 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 3-6 playoff series record vs. the Bruins, posting an 18-24-2 mark in 44 postseason contests.
All-Time (Regular Season): 249-283-97-2 overall (143-119-55-0 at home; 106-164-42-2 on the road)
2012-13: New York was 2-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required overtime and another decided in the shootout. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 15-16 (93.8%). Rick Nash led all skaters with three assists, while Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.93 GAA and .913 Sv%.
The Rangers have won 11 of their last 15 regular season games against the Bruins, including seven of their last nine meetings, and are 22-7-2 against Boston since 2005-06
The Rangers are 12-3-0 in their last 15 regular season games against the Bruins at MSG, dating back to a 3-2 win on Nov. 20, 2005
The Blueshirts are 5-1-0 in their last six regular season games at TD Garden, having out-scored the Bruins, 15-10, over the span
Henrik Lundqvist has started in 27 consecutive regular season games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
The Blueshirts have three players with previous playoff experience against the Bruins – Arron Asham (9 GP, 1-2-3), Roman Hamrlik (25 GP, 1-8-9), and Darroll Powe (11 GP, 0-1-1)
New York lists no former Bruins on their roster
Boston lists three former Rangers on their roster: Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08); Wade Redden (2008-09 – 2009-10); Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)
Henrik Lundqvist — 30 GP, 21-7-2, 1.67 GAA, 6 SO
Martin Biron — 31 GP, 12-12-2-1, 2.66 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 37 GP, 8-23-31
Ryan Callahan — 22 GP, 5-6-11
Michael Del Zotto — 13 GP, 2-5-7
The Blueshirts are 2-0 in games when tallying a power play goal during the playoffs, and are 4-1 when not allowing a power play goal against
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in five power play opportunities (9:12) in Game 2, and are now 2-36 (5.6%) in the playoffs. New York is 0-2 in five-on-three situations (3:17; last – 5/12 vs. WSH), and 0-2 while skating four-on-three (0:23; last – 5/8 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Bruins scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) in Game 2, and are now 17-21 (81.0%) in the playoffs. Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal in two four-on-four situations (4:00) in Game 2, and are now -1 in five four-on-four situations (8:25) in the playoffs. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): J. Boychuk (5/19 at BOS).
The Rangers are 11-12 all-time in Game 3 when trailing 2-0 in the series
Prior to Game 1, the last time the Rangers and Bruins played an OT game in the playoffs was Mar. 27, 1958 (L, 3-4)
Four of the remaining eight teams in the playoffs are Original Six teams, marking the second time this has happened since the NHL adopted the current playoff format in 1994 (2010)
All Original Six teams qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1996
The last time the Rangers faced an Original Six opponent in the playoffs was in the 1996 Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal (NYR won 4-2)
The Rangers have lost only five times in regulation over their last 23 contests, including the final 14 games of the regular season
Henrik Lundqvist is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender for the fifth time
The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL this season with 183 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes per game
New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots this season
The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 GA/game, which ranked third in the East and fourth in the league overall
The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 19 of their last 24 regular season meetings, including eight games that required extra time and six that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Four of the other five games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals (3-0 win on Feb. 14, 2012 at BOS). New York is 12-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.
Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 19 times, posting a 9-10 record with a 1.54 GAA, .941 Sv% and four SO in those games.
The Rangers held the lead for 183:13, were tied for 219:48, and trailed for 34:23 in the series. The Blueshirts tallied the first goal in five of the seven games.
Games 2-6 were each decided by one goal, including two games that required overtime.
The Blueshirts’ 5-0 win in Game 7 was their largest margin of victory in a Game 7, and is the first Game 7 shutout in franchise history. It is only the eighth shutout by a road team in Game 7 in NHL history. It was also the Rangers’ first Game 7 victory on the road in team history.
The Rangers came back from a 2-0 series deficit to advance in the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history, having previously done so in the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal. It is the first time the Blueshirts advanced after losing the first two games in a playoff series on the road.
The Blueshirts have come back from a 3-2 series deficit to advance in the playoffs three times in franchise history, having also done so in the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals against Ottawa and the 1994 Conference Final against New Jersey.
The home team won Games 1-6 before the Rangers’ Game 7 victory in Washington. It is only the third time the road team won Game 7 of a playoff series after the home team won Games 1-6 in the series since the NHL adopted the current playoff format in 1994.
Henrik Lundqvist completed the first round ranked first in the NHL with two shutouts, and ranked fourth with a 1.65 goals against average and .947 save percentage.
Derick Brassard led all skaters in the series with seven assists and nine points, and completed the first round tied for third in the NHL in playoff assists and points. His nine points tied Pentti Lund (1950) for second most by a Ranger all-time in their first playoff series with the team.
Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in Game 7 at Washington to post his second straight shutout and eighth career in the playoffs. He passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list, and moved to within one of Mike Richter for first in franchise history. Lundqvist also posted a shutout in Game 6 against the Capitals, becoming the first goalie to post shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of a playoff series since Dominik Hasek with Detroit in the 2002 Western Conference Final against Colorado. It is also the fifth time a Rangers goalie posted shutouts in consecutive playoff games, and the first time since Mike Richter in 1994 playoffs.
Derek Stepan notched the game-winning goal in Games 3 and 4 to become the first Ranger since Adam Graves in 1997 (May 8, May 11) to tally the game-winner in consecutive playoff games.
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period this season.
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 57
Marc Staal (injured, 5/6) — 6
Darroll Powe
 (injured, 5/6) — 6
Ryane Clowe (injured, 5/10) — 4
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 32

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  1. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    We need better performances right throughout. From Hank to lines 2 and 4. Richards? Fuggedaboutit! Incapable.

    We even need John to belt it out and get the crowd howling at the start. That bozo in the tux did it twice for the B’s.

    C’mon Amirante, do your thing!!!!

  2. Unfortunately, thing are getting worse and worse in Oklahoma. Most of the victims are kids since that tornado went right through two elementary schools. They expect the death toll to rise substantially. They need help. If you can, there are many ways to donate. I found this organization to be well run, with their program expenses exceeding 85%:

  3. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I believe Girardi will play better tonight.

    I don’t think he can be much worse.

  4. This is it…Rangers win, they have a fighting chance. Biggest difference between last year and this year, Richards was a factor last year…I say replace him with [choose name of a 4th string center], we would be better off this year. Maybe Torts’ training camp brings him around next year, maybe not. He seems to be a millstone around their neck this year. I like the core. LGR! Carry them into the next round, Henrik!

  5. Torts said it. The mistakes they made weren’t typical of this defensive core. Those are relatively easy to fix. I’m more concerned of them not pressuring Boston’s defensive core sufficiently. I think their defense is suspect without Seidenberg and Ference. As much as Pierre is trying to praise their three rookies, I think they are very beatable in their own zone. And Chara is a great defenseman, but speed and pivoting isn’t his strength. But you have to explore it to take advantage.

  6. The only way Girardi can be worse is if he is scratched and becomes Hamrlik/Gilroy.

  7. This tornado stuff is insane. I also see that one of the towns is called MOORE, Oklahoma. Is that a good or bad sign for Rangers fans?

    On a serious note…all thoughts going out to Oklahoma and the surrounding flat lands. This is seriously nuts.

  8. Manny…..thanks for the heads up on Messier

    Rangers better win this game……….

  9. Manny, I see you have chosen to blatantly ignore the plight of hill-dwellers. Typical.

  10. Stranger Nation on

    Biggest D challenge which was in evidence in Craps series and more of it in this series is the GAP integrity int the neutral one. Our D is SOOOO far back when the Bees get their break out going, that their zone entry is not all that difficult.
    Because MDZ and GA Girardi is so SLOW they cannot afford to be in neutral zone and press puck.
    Reality is McD saves GA’s rear end 50X a game as GA stares at pucks standing next to Henrik, who I am SURE is down with that play by him.

  11. Stepan made his Twitter guarantee – that he’ll net a hatty and that Tort will continue his hunger strike until we get our next pp goal

  12. We need to do like the Maple Leafs and win three-in-a-row. That would be super fun.

    But seriously, I’m proud of the boys for making it this far. And although I will break my glasses and punch holes in things when/if they lose this series, I will look back on this season as a success since they overcame adversity and made the playoffs then won a first round against a team I hate.

  13. Rob in Beantown on

    Yeah there is pretty much no more margin for error. Need to hold court at home and ideally win Game 5 in Boston. I don’t like the Rangers’ chances if they lose any of the games at MSG.

  14. Cross Check Charlie on

    I’m hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.

    The Bruins seem to be too deep for the Rangers. It’s a shame that the Rangers $12million center can’t outplay the Bruins 4th line center. Let’s hope that the top two lines can generate some offense.

  15. Is Cross Check Charlie related to Rubber Check Charlie, who’s been painting the town with them?

  16. After listening to Messier, thinking about Sather, Gorton, etc. I can’t get too mad at Tortorella. This is a good team, a flawed team, but we all are.

    If the stars align, this team could win. Not many teams can say that.

  17. Cross Check Charlie on

    Rubber Check Charlie is a distant cousin. We don’t talk about him much.

  18. Listening to Boomer and Carton on the way to work today…lots of talk about how Tortorella should absolutely be called on the carpet for a PP that has stunk since he’s been here, regardless of the players.

    And on that, I agree with the NBC crew saying it’s “systemic”. It hits a point where obviously they need a different strategy, but I don’t think Torts or Sully is capable of any. (Not that I ever thought Torts was a tactician by any stretch)

    I have to disagree with Boomer saying that Torts shows “GUTS” by demoting Richards to the fourth line. Saying how much “guts” it takes to demote a star player he’s won a Cup with before.

    Carton called it perfectly “What guts? I’m not even a hockey fan and I can tell that Richards is the slowest guy on the ice and can’t get it done anymore. That doesn’t take guts…it’s common sense.”

    Brad Richards MUST be bought out this off season. I can’t imagine anyone in the organization willing to let him foul up another season with his poor play.

    And I just don’t buy any of the excuses. “He was caught up in negotiating…that’s why he was out of shape”

    Uh, dude…get on the freakin’ treadmill while you’re brushing your horse teeth. Do some freakin laps while you’re waiting for faxes to come through.

    I stand by my opinion that if he didn’t keep himself in shape during the off-season it speaks volumes about his “dedication” or “professionalism”

    And after all that being said…I honestly don’t know what to think about tonight’s game.

    For portions of the both games the Rangers looked like they could hang even with Boston. But for other portions we looked to be COMPLETELY overmatched in every way possible.

    Let’s see what happens.

    But if Girardi is gonna keep looking in the stands trying to find the guy selling corn dogs…it’ll be another long, miserable night

  19. Uh, dude…get on the freakin’ treadmill while you’re brushing your horse teeth. Do some freakin laps while you’re waiting for faxes to come through.



  20. Put Girardi and McD back together as a D pair.

    Bench Richards in favor of Newbury, or at least leave him off the PP.

    Nash needs to do some heavy lifting “early” to set the tone.

    I wanna see Boyle cash in a couple of his chances tonight.

  21. Rob in Beantown on

    The thing I don’t get is, every single player on the Rangers’ roster is professional hockey player. That means presumably they’ve learned to play the game at the peewee, midget, junior/college, and minor pro level. During this time learning the game, shouldn’t they have learned what it takes to execute a successful power play? Sure the coaching staff is responsible too, but at some point shouldn’t the players be able to execute a PP the way they’ve been taught their whole lives? Do professional players really need that much “coaching” to do something that is pretty basic to the game? You watch the Rangers power play sometimes and it seems like the whole concept is something novel that they’ve never done it before. I just don’t understand how that can be possible. It’s like professional players actually regress at the PP when they play for the Rangers

  22. Stranger Nation on

    This just in:

    Brad Richards admits he has been struck by a very case of the *Green Flu*. This case is not as rare as some might think.
    The symptoms are as follows:
    – Aging hockey star signs with NY Rangers
    – GM opens the bank vault in hopes of cashing in on glory days
    – Aging star enjoys the night life and all the mixings in the ‘Naked City’
    – Year 1; Aging Star has a few moments of glory, building up hopes of past success
    – Year 2; Aging star on ice performance deteriorates at an alarming pace
    – Year 2; Coach continues to play him
    – Year 3 or 4; Eventually, aging star is asked to stay home and count his money

  23. I think a few things have occurred, Rob. First, the system has been changed numerous times this season. Right now they seem to be running something similar to the Czech National Team PP. That is possibly the single MOST complicated PP.

    Second, they do not have two defenseman on the Points with big shots. Therefore, they are limited in their approach. Further, The D-Man that usually plays the points, with Richards, are super, duper slow and can’t recover from a turnover.

    Third, the personnel has been all over the place trying to get it to work. With Richards and Del Zaster being the only constants (and being horrible).

    I think we saw some flashes of a PP that works when they tried a Corner Anchor PP and I think they had some success with that modified 2-1-2 with Stepan with his back to the net. Kind of a modified Overload/Umbrella style PP.

    I would like to see them play some Off-Side Wing, PP (which is essentially an Umbrella). Pass the puck and get shots on net with the 1, or preferably two, low guy(s) crashing the net for rebounds. Watch the Penguins for that one. (And yes, I know we don’t have that level of talent).

  24. _If Powe plays for Kreider, I am done with this team and coach_

    Dude. I was just about to post more or less that exact sentence.

  25. (Well, less dramatic because I won’t be done with the team unless they employ a guy like Tibbits again, but that would seriously turn me on Torts.)

  26. Basically, we are playing a PP style that requires quick passing, picks, give and gos and other SKILL plays. But most of our guys just can’t handle passes or can’t pass. So, we need to completely simplify as much as possible.

  27. Spot on Manny! Nice analysis of the Power Play. Tort’s needs to take Richards off the Power Play, he can’t skate or score on it anymore, 2-36.
    Rangers need a player that has a heavy shot, maybe Moore can grow into the spot. He has the speed to recover if there is a turn over.

  28. In the Grand sceme of things TODAY, and what happened in Oklahoma. It’s just a game. I hope “our” team wins. If not, it’s not the end of the world.

    You may or may not of heard of a song & story going around the internet of a kid named Zach Sobiech, he died of cancer at the age of 19. He wrote a song and named it Clouds.

    It’s worth a listen. If the Rangers would lose tonight, I don’t think it’s going to bother me as much TODAY.

    They will WIN!

  29. 1st half of PP: Hagelin-Boyle-MZA-Stepan-Moore

    (Logic: Hags to carry, Step to set up, MZA freelance, Boyle to muck low, Moore from the point … probably a counter attack risk but who cares at this point)

    2nd half of PP: Brassard-Kreider-Nash-Stralman-MDZ

    (Logic: Kreider to carry, Brassard to set up, Nash to finish, two D paired for the end of the shift, hopefully they can work out who goes low when and not get trapped.)

    Off: Girardi//McDonagh (rest), Richards (speed, indecisive), Callahan (ineffective, maybe needs a breather, hard to argue he’s a PP asset right now), Pyatt (… right?)

  30. MisterD- Brassard can carry better than Kreider. They haven’t used Kreider’s shot at all this year- his release could be the most effective on this team.

  31. If Powe was to start, it’s just an obvious attempt to extend his impressive pointless streak.

  32. The Doctor: I like the personnel but you have 4 LH shots and 1 RH shot on the same unit. Overall, you only have two RH shots in that entire 10 man PP team. It’s definitely an issue and why you see way too many guys on our PP with their sticks facing the wall.

    I think you have to simplify this PP. Get your wingers on off sides on the ice (e.g. Nash(LH Shot) playing RW with Callahan (RH Shot) Playing LW). Then you can use a RH/LH shot guy to QB the thing from center ice (Stepan (RH), Brassard (LH) or Zucc (LH)). You then throw a big body near the Net (Boyle, LH) and a defenseman with speed to cover any mistakes (Moore, LH).

    This style personnel can play an Overload or an Umbrella ( off side wings) style PP.

  33. czechthemout!!! on


    But Kreider will be scratched tonight in favor of Powe So I would not count on him on the PP.

  34. czechthemout!!! on

    Over on sny, they are quoting Darren Dreager saying that if we lose to the Bruins , Tortd will or could be fired. Dreager is a legitimate source so something could be up if they lose. We will see. Hopefully they don’t lose.

  35. Manny, my PP is cycling rather than camping out in their designated spots waiting for Richards to hand the puck to an opposing D. The L/R thing would be a blur.

  36. Torts is *not* being fired. No way. No how. Not happening. Anyone that says that is just stupid.

  37. Darren Dreger reporting on TSN Radio that the Rangers could fire John Tortorella if the #NYR lose and do not advance this round. Thoughts?

    Dreger’s an idiot.

  38. The more I look at our teams Left Handed Heavy lineup the more the PP becomes an issue. We really don’t have many skilled players that are RH, aside from Stepan who is normally in a LH/RH spot on the PP.

    Definitely an issue.

  39. I wonder if there’s any Richards-Torts link here. He’s choosing to die with Richards, and if they die, they both die together.

  40. I am sorry, but I just do not believe that any player who has suffered 2 concussions in one season, particularly a shortened season, should be allowed back on the ice. It is inexcusable.

  41. Ben E. King: ‘Save the Last Dance for Me.’
    Napoleon: ‘Save the Last France for Me.’
    Bicycle Hall of Shame: ‘Save the Last Lance for Me.’
    Mariano Rivera: ‘Save Their Last Chance for Me.’
    Oracle at Delphi: ‘Save the Last Trance for Me.’
    Fat Guy: ‘Save the Last Pants Expanse for Me.’

  42. Hagelin changes direction and loses everyone. He has more speed than anyone on the ice.
    He will get some points.

    Last change today….. Chara will be less of a factor.

  43. Brassard, Zuccarello, Moore better be on the first power play. Stepan, Callahan,maybe………

    the top 5% of all hockey players on the planet, and we think we can play chess with them….. I love it.

  44. Rob in Beantown on

    Torts getting fired after making the ECF and ECSF in consecutive years is *not* happening. No way, no how.

  45. According to Darren Dreger, on TSN Radio, John Tortorella could lose his job as Rangers coach if the Rangers lose to the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs.

    Dreger’s exact words were:
    “With Tortorella you have that bombastic figure, he doesn’t enjoy dealing with the media or selling the game one bit. Thankfully for the New York Rangers they don’t have to sell the game, it’s like the Toronto Maple Leafs, you kick the doors open and you have a capacity crowd that makes tens of millions per year. In Tortorella there is a shelf life, all coaches have that, his expiration date is probably sooner than most because of how he approaches the media and his players. I didn’t like his comment on Carl Hagelin. He was blunt and honest that he stinks that that is why he doesn’t use him on the power play. That is a tough thing to say to a player who you are trying to get going, I know Milbury on NBC took issue with it, so good for him.”

    “So to answer your question, if the Rangers are to be eliminated in short order by the Boston Bruins, is there a chance John Tortorella could be replaced? Yes there is a chance, absolutely. No question about it. Glen Sather made the big trade, he moved Gaborik out, prior to that they acquired Rick Nash, they aren’t done yet building this team into a true Stanley Cup contender but is John Tortorella the right coach, that management group for sure will have that discussion at the end of the Rangers season, whenever that is.”

  46. Rob is correct. Not a single chance in hell that Torts gets fired.

    Last 8 Teams Standing. This is an ACCOMPLISHMENT. 22 Teams wish they were where we are.

  47. Dreger just showed his utter ignorance about the Rangers organization there. Wow….I thought he was better than that…

  48. Torts says changes tonight will have an impact….what changes?

    Staal back?

    Richards sits?

    Haley dresses?

    Newbury dresses?

  49. think we win tonight lose game 4 and go down in 5. just my hunch.

    anyone going want to meet up with me

  50. That gnome McGuire is nothing more than a hemorrhoid – always up everyone’s ash, always comes back, and no one is willing to talk about it. Tell him that when me and Musky are done with Oates, we’re gonna take his lunch money next.

  51. If Dreger knew anything about this story, he’d be doing a lot more than speculating. He’s just speculating in that story. Sather is not firing Tortorella after a 48-game season, following what the team did last year, with the way two of his top three players performed this season, and after getting to the second round.

    Not happening.

  52. And I’m not saying Dreger’s not plugged in. Just the opposite. He’s the best in the business. But his comments said nothing about sources telling him anything, or that he has any knowledge.

    Not happening.

  53. Torts has a busload of plausible excuses for this year, no matter what happens from here on out. Only way he gets axed is if he publicly disses Sather which is unlikely in the extreme. He already dissed Dolan and nada happened.

  54. Tortarella’s fate was sealed when Gaborik was traded. That bought Torts a few seasons. Maybe this one and next without any speculation that he will be canned.

  55. the person who created that ranger scale with out a doubt reads this blog. That has posters on this blog written all over it. The last one about drafting Dylan mcllrath over cam fowler is a obvious poster on this blog.

  56. Boston is certainly not unbeatable. The advantage they have, of course, is our anemic power play which enables them to play rougher than they ordinarily might and precludes us from instigation and retaliation.

  57. Stranger Nation on

    Torts won’t be fired…

    Players may throw him overboard, but he will not be fired.

  58. Stranger Nation on

    No-berries > Horse Teeth

    Kreider on PP unit 1 or 2

    Moore on PP Pt

    No GA Girardi on PP

    Asham for Pie-hat on 3rd line. He and Dorsett can put some pressure in O zone and net a goal or two. Guy does not get enough run IMHO

  59. Nothing that Pyatt can do that Ash can’t, except play Stork. Pyatt has hands of stone in offensive zone. Ash can rip it.

  60. Not sure if coach Weekes noticed, but the Rangers created more even-strength offense in Games 1 and 2 than they probably have in any consecutive games this year, including the two 4-3 wins over Washington.

  61. Carp your certainty about Torts seems to go beyond just the facts as you see them. Clearly you’ve heard things within the organization. Otherwise I don’t see how anyone could be so certain.

  62. OK. I did some work. Essentially the Rangers want to set up a Diamond Formation to get an overload and isolate players.

    Here’s the 1st PP unit:

    Stepan: RH (Center Ice)
    Girardi: RH (Left D)
    Brassard: LH (Right Point)
    Boyle: LH (at NET, Right)
    Nick Rash: LH (high slot)

    2nd Unit:

    Zucc: LH (Center Ice)
    Moore: LH (Right Side D)
    Kreider: LH (High Slot)
    Callahan: RH (at NET, Left)
    Stalman: RH (Left Point)

    This way the overload that the Rangers attempt to run will swap sides on each PP. The second unit actually has two defenders (noble concept).

  63. but if I were speculating, I’d ask this: Why would they trade Gaborik if they were firing the coach? and why wouldn’t the coach have been fired when it looked like the team would miss the playoffs?

    and I’d wonder, after the team came from behind against Washington — and showed no signs of quitting on him — why would you fire him?

    for treating the media like crap?

  64. That’s what I just said, Carp. Trading Gaborik sealed the deal for Torts hanging around for another two seasons (including this one).

  65. I see where back to the FIRE TORTS crap and when that isn’t the case than it’s, torts hates kreider, why is brian boyle playing, he is useless and on and on and on. Maybe, just maybe, is it possible the rangers are what they are and that’s a team who is in the middle of the pack talent wise in the eastern conference, just maybe, possible, could it be?

  66. ‘And they whirled and they twirled and they tangoed
    Singin’ and jingin’ the jango
    Floatin’ like the heavens above
    It looks like muskrat love.’

  67. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Like The Doors (in honor of Ray Manzarek), the PP needs to Break on Through.

  68. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Like Pink Floyd, the PP has been Comfortably Numb. Like Zeppelin, there’s been a Communication Breakdown.

  69. when is sather going to learn that you can’t buy a championship. I understand there is allot of pressure from Dolan to make the playoffs so Dolan can make his money and because of that the rangers are never drafting in the top 5 but next year ranger fans are going to see a team who is always very good, not drafting high but yet seems to draft very good players and that team is the Detroit Red wings. It’s all about drafting and developing but as long as Dolan is the owner nothing will change.

  70. Carp I continue to see ownership/management as the bigger picture problem and still think on balance, even with the dismal PP, Torts gets a lot out of this very average group.

    Even so, if it wasn’t for your insider info, I’d think Torts could be at risk because whether it’s employees or professional athletes, a confrontational and sometimes harsh approach can work for some time but it has a limited shelf life. Nothing to do with media.

  71. Gee tommy, I find it tough to start pointing fingers at anyone. The team is in the second round of the playoffs, final 8 teams out of 30, this series is not nearly done yet, they may lose but it will go 6 or 7. Last year they were 2 wins away from the SCF. This year, in the East, the only team that I think is truly far above the Rangers in talent is the Pens. beyond that I think the teams are pretty evenly balanced. And truth be told, going forward as the Cap system becomes more restrictive, the talent levels on teams will even out even more, and so there will be a huge emphasis on coaching, and who can get the most out of what they have.

  72. Power play “units” are for the birds or for teams who have several above average offensive players who play on different lines at even strength. And the Rangers have neither birds or above average offensive players who play on different lines at even strength.


    (The only exception I would consider, putting Brassard on the point.)

  73. Carp: I don’t see Torts going either, but do you think there could be a bridge burned if he’s told Richards is getting the amnesty? I know he’s moved him to the 4th and been critical, but you always hear about HIS GUYS. Or is that just fan role-assigning and Torts will understand the business and move on?

  74. Great Managers/Coaches succeed in making less than top- flight teams into contenders. Good Managers/Coaches succeed in making top- flight teams consistent.

  75. Playing lines may have the added benefit of keeping Richards off the PP.

    Playing Brassard on the point may have the added benefit of keeping Delzotto off the point, if Torts wakes up and puts Moore on the point.

  76. Norm Merton on

    “[the Gaborik trade] bought Torts a few seasons”? If memory serves, Tortorella claimed at least partial credit for that move. [“I was involved in the discussions with it,”] He can’t use Gaborik’s absence as an excuse, if one is needed, which it shouldn’t be. He should be allowed to continue with the Bluejackets East experiment at least a little while longer if the Rangers crash out, which they have not yet done. 3 and 4 were won by other than Lundqvist last round. Need to see that again.

  77. peter,
    you may be correct in your assumption but we will see how it plays out. You do understand next year Columbus and the red wings will be in our division which will make it even harder to make the playoffs.

  78. Stranger Nation on

    Pavel looked pretty talented last night on the 3rd goal

    that was a wicked wrister!! (almost better than Wolski’s)

    that was some nasty hitting last night in the Hawks/Wings game

    Hawks going down? What will Mr. and Mrs. Folkyourself do?

  79. IF Glenn Healy said that about Datsyuk, is there any doubt that Healy is in line to become the next Ranger Director of Amateur Scouting? :)

  80. peter, also the window is closing, next year the rangers have to resign stepan, hagelin and Mcdonough, also the following year Callahan, Girardi and lundqvist will be free agents so it’s not just other teams losing talented players because of a restricted salary cap.

  81. Honestly, Stranger, I can’t wait until the ‘Hawks are out of it so that bandwagon, annoying crap is removed from our beloved Rangers site. Why would any Rangers fan root for the ‘Hawks? I could see rooting for a ridiculous underdog when your team is out….but the stupid ‘Hawks? Blech.

  82. Mister, I’m sure Tortorella knows Richards is going to be bought out … same as he was with Drury.

  83. the thing about this year’s version of the NYR is that they seem to play best when their backs are against the wall, almost like desperation breeds motivation and performance. when NYR needed to win to stay in the playoff race, they played good hockey. when NYR were down 0-2 and then 3-2 against the Craps, they played good hockey. they are playing with fire, absolutely. but i give them the benefit of the doubt and I gotta believe they get back in this series tonight. and the power play is due right?

  84. Tommy I agree it will get harder to make the playoffs, it wasn’t exactly easy this year, and while there is a window, there are no guarantees. The last 2 years the team has won 3 playoff rounds. If my memory serves correctly, that’s one more than they won in the previous 14 years combined. They are considered a contender, and most feel that this particular team has been negatively impacted by the lockout more than most. Also dont forget they are without one of their top players in Staal, a guy whose presence on D would make a tremendous difference.

    Also if the GM needs to go then why do all these guys need to be re-signed? Shouldn’t we let them walk?

  85. Stranger Nation on

    Lets hope via Manzarek that this is not
    ‘The End’
    “When the Music’s Over’

    We definitely need ‘An American Prayer’ to know this not ‘The End’ but just some ‘Strange Days’ where ‘People are Strange’. Maybe Torts just needs to tell Richards ‘You’re Lost Little Girl and you cannot ‘Light My Fire’ so end this ‘Soft Parade’ and to begin ‘Waiting for the Sun’ at the golf course in June.

    Richards says he is just wants to ‘Take it as it comes’ as he works through his ‘Roadhouse Blues’ up on the hill with ‘Maggie McGill’ and don’t blame me for your ‘Ship of Fools’, blame Slats.

  86. @AGrossRecord

    Chris Kreider funny on playoff improvement from 2012: “Well, so far, I haven’t passed the puck directly to Alex Ovechkin for a one-timer.”

  87. If Torts knows Richards is gone, why does he continue to deploy the player on the Power Play?

    Because he also knows that he will not be fired, regardless of results and he is hoping Richards may somehow save himself from the $48M abyss he is about to “fall” in with a strong showing on the PP.

  88. _Mister, I’m sure Tortorella knows Richards is going to be bought out … same as he was with Drury._

    [Mister D smiles]

  89. Stranger Nation on

    Nanny – agree on NO Chicago love in NYR land. Do admit to enjoying watching the Red Wings play hockey. Can’t wait to see them in person next season.

  90. Because Richards is the only Forward that can gain the zone on the PP. He doesn’t think fast enough and spends way too much time trying to draw the defender out but I don’t think it would be that bad if Richards carried it in and set up down low.

  91. “Also if the GM needs to go then why do all these guys need to be re-signed? Shouldn’t we let them walk?”

    not sure what you mean by the comment above. I don’t think a new GM has anything to do with letting players walk. It’s all about drafting and developing, it really isn’t rocket science where talking about here. Sather appears to be good most of the time when he makes trades but his free agent signings are 95% of the time is brutal.

  92. Mike “little whistle” Francesa says Pierre and Milbury are ‘fed up’ with Tortorella. Pierre at 3 PM.

  93. Stranger Nation on

    Nanny – Richie is NOT the only forward to gain zone.

    Step, Nash, Nash, Brass, Zucc can all gain zone. The problem is they are on the same unit as MDZ who makes the WORST decisions with puck getting into zone or Richards who tries in vain to gain zone by himself with about a 30% success rate.

  94. somebody should tell pierre and milbury where fed up with them, tell them to hit the road.

  95. oh, you can also include fatso big mouth francessa along with pierre and milbury.

  96. Zucc, I love but he tends to pull up way too soon and trap himself in the “corner” on the blue line. Nash can carry it in. That’s fine, but he’s not a center and he’s not a point, we need him in the high slot. Stepan is fine. Let him do whatever he wants. Brassard is hit or miss, I think. But yea, I’m fine with him. But I think Richards is the best at it. He just then becomes a totally inept clown.

  97. Manny, Richards is the only player who gains the zone on the PP? Maybe last year.

    With his hideous passing and errant shots, he sure surrenders possession enough.

    If I’m Claude Julien, I’m snickering to myself every-time I see Richards on the PP and I’m bent over with laughter when I see him ” manning” the point with Delzotto.

  98. If I’m Claude Julien I would laugh every single time my team took a penalty. It’s just funny to watch ANY Rangers on the PP.

  99. I don’t get how NBC hires guys like Milbury and Jones. Who the fugg are they? All I know aboot Milbury is he fugged up the Islanders, and beat a fan with a shoe. All I know aboot Jones is Tikkanen tried to kiss him in 1994.

    Who are these people? Get some respectable former NHL players.

    Then you have that Michael Jackson wannabe, Pierre McPenis. Hate him!

  100. PERSONNEL ALERT, let’s see so far the personnel mavens on the blog have disposed of Richards with DelZotto coming up fast on the outside.

    Then we have Girardi whose hero’s mantle seems to be tarnished on the cusp.

    Krieder has disappointed, Moore has hit the wall and Nash is being reduced to non savior status!

    But of course the experts expend most of their scorn on the coach. Will he be fired, should he be fired, decisions, decisions!

    While not one single comment asks the most obvious question, who is the architect of this team?

    Why, because he is deemed to be insulated from any responsibility and unfireable? With one of the reasons being the media has abdicated it’s duty to expose this clown for his record of unachievement,why?

    Wake up ye experts this roster has performed as well as could be expected and if this organization is to actually compete at a playoff level annually , Sappy and sycophants must go!

    If this hasbeen living in the past had an ounce of decency he would admit his own failures and theft of services!

    But the media should be asking the hard questions regardless of whether they believe it falls on Junior’s large ears!

  101. Carp: Re your assertion that Nash is not playing hurt, is your certainty of that as strong as your certainty about Tortorella?

  102. May as well position Richie behind the net and play 4 on 4 with more open ice.

  103. Richards doesn’t skate fast enough anymore to keep up with the other players. So on the rare occasion when he may gain the zone, it’s to the detriment of the team because everyone else is standing still at the blue line waiting for him to catch-up.

  104. This team with a healthy Staal, Clowe, and Sauer and with a 6 million dollar substitute for Richards can be formidable. What’s with all the ‘sky is falling?’

  105. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Must musky game!!!

    I have to ask this question, is there any announcer other than ranger/msg ones?

    You guys complain more about announcers, it’s ridiculous!!

    Is there any announcer you like?

  106. Manny
    I like Phil Rizzuto.
    May 21st, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    specially when he was 3 sheets to the win in the booth after drinking allot of wine :-).

  107. There is this one great story about Phil Rizzuto where he was in the booth attempting to see how long he could go without mentioning the game before George came storming in to yell at him. Hysterical.

  108. Scooter: ‘Holy Cow! Just received news that Pope Paul VI passed away. That kind of puts a damper even on a Yankee win.”

  109. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I honestly have no idea who Phil rizutto is but I’m guessing with the Yankees mention he is some baseball guy.

    Which would also explain why I have no idea who he is.

  110. _Who are these people? Get some respectable former NHL players._

    They’re PERSONALITIES! Being noticed trumps being smart and its just the worst thing in the world.

  111. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Thanks, still means bumpkus to me, just not a baseball fan/guy whatsoever.

    I’d rather watch paint dry, way more entertaining to me!

  112. More than any other name, “Phil Rizzuto” makes me think of my grandmother.

  113. Great discussion, Thanks for the insightful and relevant posts today gents. LGR!! That Wings game last night was a beauty, lots of message sending going on late in the third, true playoff hockey and I love it.

  114. Stranger Nation on

    Ty Cobb named Phil Rizzuto and Stan Musial as “two of the few modern ball players who could hold their own among old timers.”
    Yankees manager Casey Stengel had famously dismissed Rizzuto during that Brooklyn Dodgers tryout in 1935 when Stengel was managing that team, advising him to *”go get a shoeshine box.”*

  115. McGuire has praised Tortorella’s work plenty before now, but I got the impression in the last game, with the hastily-ended bench interview and a couple of things he said during the game, that he basically doesn’t like Tortorella.

    Milbury just rants about whatever fits his narrative du jour.

  116. Stranger Nation on

    Wicky – would you rather watch paint dry or Richards skate?

    Which is faster?

  117. Pierre threw a little dig at Torts after that interview saying, “Callahan makes Torterella a better coach”

    Sort of like how Lemieux & Jagr made him a better assistant coach?

    Fuggin despise Pierre! Every thing aboot him. I hate NBC for force feeding us that floppy little schlong of a human.

  118. pierre at 3pm and micheletti at 4 pm with francessa.


    please no double ot tonght for two reasons\
    1. my stomach couldnt handle it
    2. I have to be up at 4am and leave for airport at 5am for a day trip tom on private jet that my company owns to indiana with some clients and meetings with all the big wigs in my company. prob get back to long island at 1130 and have 4 hours of sleep assuming no ot.

  119. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Going to the game tonight. Have no idea what to think. But know they will win!!!

  120. czechthemout!!! on

    So it looks like Hags is pushing back against those dumb and ignorant Torts comments in the NY Times.

    To sum up, Hags ” definatly doesn’t think he stinks on the PP” and is surprised to hear those comments from Torts because as I’ve been saying, Hags has spent so little time on it that you can’t come to such a conclusion.

  121. Jon Paul G. on

    Pierre Maguire is a true professional. His excellent analysis will likely result in a general manager’s job in the near future.

  122. I don’t know a huge amount about Francesa, but would I be right in thinking his only option if Pierre starts shouting about junior hockey programs in Sasquatchawan would be to bullcarcillo his way through the interview?

  123. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Richards skate, sooo….

    Richards skating>paint drying>anything baseball

  124. Hank hasn’t given up 5 goals in 152 games. And in those 152, he gave up 4 only 13 times.

    Krug was a point per game player in College and put up 45 points in the AHL over a 65 game season. Kid is 5’9″

  125. Yes, LW.

    All you need to know is that two seasons ago he asked Joe Mich. this question: “Who’s the best player in the NHL?”

  126. _Krug was a point per game player in College and put up 45 points in the AHL over a 65 game season. Kid is 5’9”_


  127. Also….


  128. pierre

    hank weakspot 5 hole. how about IF he has one weakspot high glove because he drops down too quick

  129. Wonder if Richards were a coach if he would play himself on the PP if he didn’t know that himself was himself?

  130. Pierre would make an excellent new gimp in the sub-basement of my redneck gun shop

  131. Rob in Beantown on

    Pierre said that? I disagree 5-hole is Lundqvist’s weakness. He’s pretty strong all along the bottom of the net

  132. Pierre McGuire is half French, half Irish. He likes to drink and write poetry while being taxed to death.

  133. I’m gonna tie up Pierre this summer so my dogs think he’s a fire hydrant. Fire in the hole! What kind of girly name is pierre, anyway? It’s PETER in the USA, you cockroach!

  134. Next Halloween I’m gonna dress as Pierre, by stretching a condom over my head

  135. Hank’s a butterfly goaltender. By definition he is vulnerable top shelf. Also, his stick work is putrid.

  136. I think if you are talking about beating him low, then yes, he is weaker between the legs than to the sides.

    But unquestionably his glove is his weakness. And it’s not that it’s bad. It’s just not as amazing as the rest of him.

  137. Hank’s elemental stick-work forces him to cover a lot of pucks, setting up local face-offs. He snags a lot of wide shots, too. That said, that’s his style and inclination, and I’m happy with it.

  138. CoosCoos, you actually believe that watching baseball is like watching paint dry?

    Gee that’s the way I feel about watching expert golfers hit shots with amazing proficiency that the majority of viewers who rarely break 100 honestly, kvell over!

    Did that prep school have a baseball team and were you possibly consigned to RF? ;)

  139. King with no Ring on

    Lundqvist’s weakness is his below fifty percent win percentage in the playoffs.

  140. Two comments.

    Is Nash’s assumed absence the preordained excuse for another loss?

    Or might this be a betting game and an attendance deal for a longer series set up?

    Second comment, would it be possible for Torts whom I like to occasionally answer the mostly goofy questions from the media and say, no comment…………..or simply expel a string of his favorite expletives?

  141. Lundqvist is a little weaker 5 hole because when he moves laterally his stick doesn’t guard the hole as well.

    I mean, being more vulnerable to the 5 hole while moving laterally is true of every goaltender, but I would say the decrease for him is more pronounced since he is so strong there otherwise.

  142. There once was a goalie named Martin
    Who was constantly belching and farting
    He covered the crease
    While his snacking increased
    And increasingly grew too obese.

  143. Doodie & Coos, excellent analysis of Henrik’s style and lone weak area.

    Much better than Manny’s continued attempts at banal bantering for which he gets a failing grade!

  144. One thing I wish Henrik would attempt is deflecting cross-crease passes away with his stick, especially now that the NYR defensemen don’t seem keen on helping him out in those situations.

  145. Coos, I’m beginning to think your Brodeur fantasies may be more than hockey related, after all he is a HOF goalie.

    Could it be you are a wee bit jealous of his other conquests? ;)

  146. Llatona: Good call. I really don’t trust his stick work that much because when I see him try to use his stick he usually loses his stick.

    But that’s just my crappy analysis.

  147. I’m hoping that without a specific location for him to ultimately not get the puck to he’ll be more successful, Manny.

  148. That could work, Llatona. Maybe you should go relieve Benoit Allaire of his coaching duties! I trust you.

  149. There once was a center from Pitt
    Who complained every time he was hit
    The fans were in awe
    As he drank through a straw
    But continued to play with some grit.

  150. There once was a Devil with flaws.
    On ice he was good,
    Did all that he could
    But his problems were with
    His in-laws.

  151. There once was a Ranger who stunk
    He just skated around in a funk
    The coach called him out
    But Hags didn’t pout
    And assumed that the coach was a drunk.

  152. Eddie Johnston
    Glen Hanlon (Head Coach AHL, WHL, Asst. Coach NHL)
    Andy Moog (Asst. Coach)
    Ron Low
    Gerry Cheevers
    Emile Francis (Father of NHL coach and NHL coach)
    Roger Crozier (Interim GM)

    Any more?

  153. There once was a goalie named Smith,
    Kind of an Islander myth
    Caring nothing of sins,
    He hacked at the shins
    And disposed of defensemen forthwith.

  154. King with no Ring on

    There is no skills competition to help boost Lundqvist’s playoff win percentage.

  155. There once was a Bruin named Orr
    Whom no one considered a bore
    He soared down the ice
    Between all the mice
    And would then single-handedly score.
    Now, who can forget number 4?

  156. With so little faith left in me, I Promise: if Rangers manage to turn over and win this series, I personally will buy and deliver Borsalinos directly from Piazza del Popolo in Rome, for every member of this team.

  157. That’s a HUGE financial commitment, 4ever. I will donate my two Borsalinos to your cause though.

  158. The Rangers goalie is 5-0 in his last five Game 3 appearances, with the Rangers going on to win three of those series.

    Per Puck Daddy

  159. King with no Ring on

    There is a Ranger dubbed King
    He has not yet won a ring
    His teammates receive blame
    As he blows each game
    While he continues his epic failing.

  160. Coos, nice stuff.

    I prefer “True Grit” to “some grit” in the Crosby limerick though :)

  161. There once was a Ranger named Bickel
    Who had the top brass in a pickle
    He couldn’t defend
    On the wing, couldn’t fend
    But had a right hand like a Brickle.

  162. Manny – Just tryin’ to jibberish a bit (as you advised) ‘fore the puck drop. :)

  163. Once I met Clowe on a flight
    Yakked at him into the night
    Asked about Sanguinetti, that elbow was petty
    I asked after the long flight
    If his head was alright
    And he answered as if by on cue:
    “My headaches is mostly from you.”

  164. Powe was questioning Hank
    About how much he had in the bank
    As Powe paid the bar bill.
    Henrik said, “a few mill,”
    Then Powe lit a Winston,
    said, “My buddies at Princeton –
    Are making a lot more than you.”

  165. Love you’re Hags ode Cooscoos. You’re the Man. At the Garden having dinner. Should win. The wife’s been 6-0 this year.
    If we get swept do you think Mr Personality will keep his job???

  166. Applause for the limmerickist!

    You really should do a book of your best. Very entertaining, were the Rangers only as well!

  167. Henrik’s biggest weakness is and always has been that because he plays so deep in his net, he is prone to more goals from deflections than anyone else.

    The deeper you play in your net, the less of an angle you have on the shooter which makes deflections much harder to stop.

  168. So long as Tort takes that bum in goal with him and Sather replaces him with a proven winner like Cam Ward or Michael Leighton, I’ll be happy.

  169. ok then wtf is the difference between being swept and losing the series or not being swept but still lose the series?!

  170. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    When your on the PP think like Emmet Smith, Gretzky, MJ , not like Torts erasable board.

  171. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    The ledge has been hosed down and the pigeons are cooped.

  172. _ok then wtf is the difference between being swept and losing the series or not being swept but still lose the series?!_

    Between one and three wins?

  173. For one of the few times in the last two years, I don’t blame anybody who climbs out onto the ledge if they lose tonight.

  174. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    CCCP, Carp doesn’t speak Stoli, not until after the 1st period.

    Carp , I owe you a three course walter’s lunch , LMAO

  175. ok… Torts will (most likely) get fired if they lose this series by being swept. Torts will not get fired if they lose this series but not by being swept.

    *What Is The Difference Between Being Swept And Losing The Series OR Still Losing The Series But Not By A Sweep?!*

  176. The difference is he’s not being fired unless he refuses to coach Game 4 or he moons the Garden crowd or he punches Dolan.

    *Simple enough?*

  177. iDoodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Shots from the point, as I said. But either way, dreadful play by Lundqvist.

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