Game 4: Bruins at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Courtesy of the NYR:

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 4
Thursday, May 23 (7:00 p.m.) – Madison Square Garden
BOS leads 3-0

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: CNBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 3-0, following a 2-1 loss in Game 3 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The loss ended New York’s nine-game winning streak at home, dating back to Mar. 24 vs. Washington. The Rangers enter the contest with a 212-232-8 record all-time in 452 playoff contests (119-89-2 at home; 93-143-6 on the road). New York has posted a 40-32 record all-time in Game 4s.
Overall — 212-232-8
Home — 119-89-2
Away — 93-143-6
Goals for — 1,239
Goals against — 1,234
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 18-25-2 mark in 45 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)
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play opportunities (4:00) in Game 3, and are now 2-38 (5.3%) 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 did not yield a power play opportunity against in Game 3, marking the second time that has happened in these playoffs. The Rangers are now 17-21 (81.0%) in the playoffs. Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) in Game 3, and are now -1 in five four-on-four situations (10:25) in the playoffs. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): J. Boychuk (5/19 at BOS).
The Rangers are 4-6 all-time in Game 4 when trailing 3-0 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 six times in regulation over their last 24 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.
The Blueshirts lead the league with 219 blocked shots during the playoffs. Dan Girardi leads the team and ranks second in the league with 31 blocked shots, while Ryan McDonagh is tied for fourth in the NHL with 25 blocked shots. Ryan Callahan (21) and Brian Boyle (17) rank first and second among NHL forwards, respectively, in blocked shots.
Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 20 times, posting a 9-11 record with a 1.56 GAA, .953 Sv% and four SO in those games.
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.
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) — 58
Marc Staal (injured, 5/6) — 7
Darroll Powe
 (injured, 5/6) — 7
Ryane Clowe (injured, 5/10) — 5
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 36

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  1. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Everybody sleeping in this morning?

    Good morning boneheads.

    My dark horse tonight is Brassard. Kid hasn’t had the series like he did vs DC, but should have a good game tonight.

  2. I loathe Pittsburgh so much that a part of me will accept losing to Boston because it means not having to lose in the next round to those dirtballs.

  3. Hagerstown Md Rangers Fan on

    It would be incredible if the Rangers did what the orange crud did in 2010. Having said that it just ain’t happening. The Rangers are clearly overwhelmed by the Bruins at least starting from the midway point of every game. There just is not the depth to compete a full 60 minutes with the Bruins. That is the unfortunate reality. The question for tonight is will Torts make any adjustments to deal with the Bruins. So far the strategy has been leave it there Hank will get it. That will not work this time.

  4. Some very deep, thoughtful analysis of Rangers’ shortcomings last night by aneirin. If you haven’t seen it, go back and do that. He knows hockey. As many people do on this board. Excellent overview, would love to see him do it more often. Except the next one should be done a week or so after the end of this season, whenever it might be. Because it’s difficult to be fully objective one day after such a heartbreaking loss. If you believe that’s how they play day in, day out, then they shouldn’t even be competitive at the AHL level.

  5. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Ah….good morning boneheads!!


    1. Can’t believe this shortened season could end tonight

    2. Am afraid to go tonight. It was such a lousy experience to see your ‘heroes’ look so weak on Tuesday. It hurt. Don’t want that to happen again. Please.

    3. We are now in the same situation as Boston started this series. We are effectively down 3 defensemen. Let’s see the quality of OUR depth, OUR drafting, OUR GM. Let’s see what’s available in the system to cover. Boston’s ‘kids’ certainly played quite well.

    4. Heroes in history — Ghandi, Churchill, Susan B. Anthony, Washington, Churchill, and the Great Babe Ruth……that’s what Hank will have to do to win tonight. I thought he might have pulled that off on Tuesday, having shut them out for 2 periods when his team allowed odd-man rushes, breakaways, and a whole gamut of scoring opp’s!! Almost. Hard to believe he will need more……

    5. Bench your best friend, Torts, or realize it will likely get ugly if your team is losing going into the 3rd. He stinks! And your insistence on his use all year, without benching has created some of the malaise we see.

    6. I really don’t want the season to end. I will miss Carp’s reviews and the great analysis and camaraderie that goes on here!! Biggest reason to say:


  6. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    What really blows me away about the lack of understanding of drafting and putting a team together (let’s not discuss, once again, the skill needs on ‘d’ like accurate point shot, and crease clearing ‘d’) is one word: SIZE.

    Sure, you can have a few little fella’s on your team. But half of your top 6? Why did Montreal lose? Are our little guys getting pasted by the bigger, stronger, meaner, tougher Bruins? Look, our best line, despite it’s skill level, has been Boyle’s line, arguably. Why? you tell me. They can handle it.

    I love Cally, Step, Hags. They’re neutralized by Boston’s size. Paging Step (don’t get me wrong, I love the kid. Just love him. But the going gets real tough like this and he’s nonexistent for large spells).

    Richards? Zucc’s? MDZ? These are smallish players and when the going gets real tough, second round, their lack of physical stature decreases their ability.

    So, when I hear we have ‘savior’s’ like Fast(H) coming up, soaking wet at 170? Let’s be serious. This isn’t 1980’s, when Gretz could survive.

    Size matters. And in game 3, more than any other skill deficit (and there were a number of blaring issues, including coaching), our team size and lack of real mean spirit showed all over the ice.

  7. It’s do or die tonight. I’m scared already. Let’s Go Rangers!! Have fun tonight Eric and ilb!

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Even big guys, like Pyatt (uncalled slash in 3rd), Nash (repeated tugs, holding, slashes), and especially Boyle (a huge 2 hander uncalled during the last minute of play by Chara right in front of the B’s net–Man, if I was Boyle, I’d never go there again) are getting slaughtered. I guarantee, to a man, our boys know they have been in a series.

    Do the Bruins???????

  9. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    What makes our defense hard to play against???? What makes other teams fear standing in front of the net?

    (I am trying not to laugh. I am trying not to cry)

  10. Matty, just mute the television and try to pay attention to something else. If the Rangers are ahead, be surprised. Be joyous. But don’t be over hopeful.

  11. The fact that one day Mcllrath will be up here, Matty. Then he will make people pay.

  12. Don’t be scared Boneheads. Today we are all “eric.” Expect the worst, hope for the best.

    The chances of the Rangers actually winning four in a row are really, really slim. So expect them to lose one of the next four. Don’t be sad when it happens. Don’t be embarrassed. Just start practicing line combos for next season and feel free to include any UFA’s you please.

  13. BickelsPickle on

    My brother-in-law frequently flies for his job. He had some business up in Montreal and was flying back down to NY when long and behold – PRUST is sitting in first class. Long story short, they’re waiting for baggage claim and his super hot girlfriend says something to Pruster in French and he loses his thought. Apparently he only claimed a bag of golf clubs.

  14. Cross Check Charlie on

    It’s all over, but the shouting. However, I don’t think the shouting starts tonight. The Rangers win this game to avoid the sweep.

  15. Snuff McGruff on

    Notice how calm Torts was? Thats the sound of a man talking at his own funeral. If he thought they had a chance, he wouldn’t say a word…

  16. Gary Bettman on

    This is not a “must-win,” as I have exercised the “Best of 9,” clause to help out my beloved media rich Rangers…

    You can expect more of the same when it comes to calls, or non calls…but the rest is on you…9 game series, and the refs in your pocket is the best I can do…

    Good Luck

  17. Any chance that after we lose, Sather comes out with a briefcase of cash for Brad Richards, and we can do the buy-out right there on the ice during the stick salute?

  18. When the 2012-3 version of the franchise of “average” is relegated to the history books how will it’s disgraceful record’s of 73 &1 and 13 & none be viewed by both the media and fans?

    Using percentages to assess blame for the dismal records of this franchise how will the blame be distributed by those same media and fans?

    Perhaps the writer will create a poll or the posters might do it.

    In any case I believe it would serve a worthy purpose if only to see if both parties understand why and how we always seem to be average.

  19. Hahaha Mick! Instead of the “Blueshirts Off Our Back,” they can call it the “Monkey Off Our Back” ceremony.

  20. Bleacher Report is suggesting scratching Richards in favor of Newbury. Discuss.

  21. Question, if Richards were playing at an acceptable level raise your hands if you think the Rangers would be the better team on the ice and have the ability to win this series?

    Second question, when the Rangers came back and beat the Caps, how many “experts” were still for firing the coach?

  22. Cross Check Charlie on

    Manny – Cross Check Charlie is suggesting to stop reading Bleacher Report.

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I dreamt we were playing the Bs in game 7. My dreams always come true.

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Barry Melrose will be our next coach. His hair will be the assistant and run the PP.

  25. Bleacher Report Manny, you actually want to discuss an opinion by the Bleacher Report?

    For that great scorer, terrific set up man and career minor leaguer?

    Is there anyone on this roster besides the all time whipping boy doing the job?

    Is a Newbury going to receive more the 5 minutes ice time?

    Manny, you remind me of the song “Searching for love in all the wrong places”.

    In your case it’s searching for answers in all the wrong places!

  26. Hey Eddie. I’m surprised your score prediction isn’t a negative number for the Bruins.

  27. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Reporter to ranger team – “what’s wrong with torts’ PP?”

    Team – “he stinks at it. He’s tried but he just stinks. We think his brain isn’t quick enough”

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – game 6, back home, rangers win zero to (-1). Brassard scores the GW un-goal

  29. Great prediction, eddie. What happened to that intern we had that used to fact check for us?

  30. Rob in Beantown on

    Man, at this point I just don’t want to get swept. Getting swept in the semifinals is *embarrassing*. It’s one thing to get swept in the first round when some teams are just outclassed, but getting swept in this round is sad.

  31. Carpy? What happened? Not much from you these days. No chats? Think Rangers will fight but go down tonight. No Strahlman and not much left in the tank. Rangers went down the same way last year. Ran out of gas. Need more depth in addition to more scoring. The best teams play 4 lines and get production from 4 lines and they have not been able to do that in the playoffs either year.

  32. “Manny Milbury Nonsense” perfect, I wish I’d said it sooner!

    Were it not for your empathy for all living creatures I might say you’re simply a cheerleading, skirt wearing pom pom shaking guy with too much time on his hands.

    But you are sort of likeable in a neuro impaired way!

  33. If we get a power play, just skate back in the D-Zone and fire it into the stands…4-4 action…

    Rangers in 7!

  34. czechthemout!!! on


    While size does matter to some extent, it is mit the end all and be all. Yiu don’t have to be 6″4 to be a tough player. Look at Marchand. Look at Datsyk. Fast is about the same size as he was early in his career.

    I will also remind you that the Leafs, not exacly a big team, almost beat Boston.

  35. Brooks said in today’s Post that the Rangers are taking too much abuse from the Bruins and suggests that Asham and Dorsett respond.

    Does this factor in the reality of non concurrent penalties would have the Rangers who have no PP and a greatly fatigued D losing by 5-6 goals a game instead of seeming to be competitive by losing 2-1?

    Doesn’t he realize that perceptions not reality are what drive the MSG suits and most fans?

  36. Win the opening draw on the power play, and just bend down and pick up the puck…skate over to the box with it…..

    4 on 4 for a 1:58…

  37. Rob in Beantown on

    At least the Rangers haven’t allowed any SHGs on the PP. So it’s two minutes where even if they don’t score, the Bruins probably won’t either.

  38. Czech, but they do have Phaneuf, faster forwards and more than enough grit in both areas.

    The only D we have who can actually bring tough is in the minors , and he can’t play hockey!

    This roster is essentially a finesse one and for that style you must have speed, scoring and genuine offensive talent to offset size.

    We don’t!

  39. If the Leafs had goaltending they could have been dangerous. Kadri is legit. Kessel is legit. Lupul is legit. Phaneuf is legit. Etc….

  40. czechthemout!!! on

    No. The Leafs have a coach who instills the notion into them that they must all go to the net. Every single Leafs forward goes hard to the net. I watched at least 4 games in that series and to a man, their forwards repeatedly crashed the net. It is what Carlyle preaches and his players do it.

    Toughness is as much a state of mind as it is size. Nash is huge but I would not call him a tough player. Avery was small but he certainly was a tough player. So is Dorsett. So was Fleury.

  41. Hamrlik was first off, Rob. Apparently McBust expects *45 Minutes* and Del Zaster around *28*. Those are Ryan Suter numbers.

  42. @KatieStrangESPN 25s

    #NYR Brad Richards staying on ice late with the scratches. So is Asham.

  43. Rob in Beantown on

    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN
    #NYR Brad Richards staying on ice late with the scratches. So is Asham.

    I understand Richards but why scratch Asham?

  44. czechthemout!!! on


    No argument from me. My point is that next yeae, we have some tough tenacious players available to us in JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, and Jasper Fast. I have watched all three play and can tell you that all of them havemore toughness to their game than half the players on our roster. Especially Miller and Lindberg.

  45. i want richards scratched just in case he was to suffer injury and we couldnt buy him out. listn we arent winning series so scratch ricahards tonite and make sure we could amnesty him.

    our luck we lose tonight richy gets hurt seriously and we cant buy him out. thats the ultimate horror show for tonight

  46. Rob in Beantown on

    Yeah, we have no problem understanding why our $12 million center is getting scratched in an elimination game, but ASHAM???

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “the rangers can quagmire all they want but external fluctuation is realizable until”


    as the season went on most of us realized this was a flawed group who coudlnt win a championship and we barely just snuck into the playoffs.

  49. That has to mean Clowe and Powe aim to play though…..

    That has to be a bad choice for Clowe. Why risk it?

  50. Rob in Beantown on

    Asham hits the net. I know Powe has some value on the PK but offensively he’s a downgrade

  51. czechthemout!!! on

    I don’t wamt to see them lose tonight! They owe the fans this game for their dismal effort on Tuesday. Show some damn heart and push back!

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

    I love it when Mike Millbury is talking down to Torts and his coaching.

    Mike, you got amnesia?????????????

  53. czechthemout!!! on

    If Clowe is allowed to play, this organization is a disgrace! Two concusions in two weeks! Just awful.

  54. @stevezipay

    Hamrlik in on D tonight. Looks like fourth line might be Powe Richards Asham. Kreider alone at other end of ice as practice winds down

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

    Guys, what is being said about who’s out, who’s in for tonight???????

  56. @stevezipay

    Newbury and Haley were in room early. Odd. Richards, Asham still on with Powe shooting at Talbot

  57. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m hearing Richards a scratch from some people and not a scratch from others. Basically twitter has no idea

  58. Stranger Nation on

    No-berries over Richards – for the love of God, yes!!!

    Haley over Ass-ham? Only if he throws down with Thorton Wilder.

    Maybe ‘Tortles the toughie’ was not happy Ass-ham didn’t go after Billy Bob Thorton after he challenged Tony Dorsett.

  59. Rob in Beantown on

    Andrew Gross ?@AGrossRecord 2m
    Richards says Torts called him this morning at home with the news he would be a healthy scratch.

  60. Stranger Nation on

    A healthy scratch in Game 4 down 0-3.

    After 58 games this season, Torts finally press-boxes the anchor.

    What took ya??????? This is the problem when Coach plays Asst. GM

    In a related story, the mood in the locker room has just brightened.

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

    Thanks, Manny.

    Yea, sorry. My job is not a desk job. Just get back here every now and then, so I greatly appreciate your updates!!!

  62. First power play Tuesday night. Rangers win face-off. Richards gets puck at point. Panics without anyone near him. Is unable to execute a pass to Zuke that comes anywhere even close to being near Z’s blade. All you need to know.

  63. Richards is skating with the scratches, and just received a 50% deposit on his buy-out.

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

    Well, to be fair, it must be awful hard for Torts to scratch Richards.

    Not only is it the endearing friendship and respect, but it means he (Torts) made a HUGE mistake in recommending he be brought here and locked up for the next 72 years.

  65. Look at the picture up there ^ where 3 of our boys are “crashing” the net for a lose puck. That picture just about says it all about our play this series.

  66. It’s the right call, but I have to admit I feel bad for Richards. I don’t feel nearly the hate I had for Redden, Gomez and Drury at the end of their time.

  67. @stevezipay

    Rangers shakeup: Richards scratched, sounds like Asham, Kreider as well. Clowe, Haley, Newbury were off ice early

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

    So, Tuesday night was likely Richards’ last game in NY.

    Thanks for the goal last year in game 5!! Not too sure what else.

    Joins the likes of Drury, Gomez, Redden, Holik, all overpaid, long contract FA wastes.

    I hope the front office is taking notes and learning from their mistakes.

  69. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Wow , just wow on potential scratches/line changes.

    I have not seen fast or Lindberg ever play, but I have a hard time believing they are “tough” players from what I have read (admittingly it isn’t a lot).

    Could you guys in the know on these guys give me a similar current NHL player they remind you of please?

  70. torts on the call to the thief……”Well Ritchie, yeah your gonna be a healthy scratch. But try and look at the bright side……at least you have your health.”

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

    I hope Kreider was not scratched if he was ready. He played fairly well last game. Hope he’s ok.

  72. Stranger Nation on

    I feel bad for us, the fans, who (with some exceptions) have asked for this to happen all season when even Helen Keller could have recognized the guy was done.

    There are 48 million reason$ not to feel bad for Richards, especially if you have season tickets and partially subsidized this mess or as MSG-TV viewers are forced to watch inane commercials.

    Somebody left the gate open? Well that gate has just closed behing Richards.

  73. Stranger Nation on

    Like that 4th line – Clowe/No-berries/Haley

    Time to start getting dirty with these fuggers!

  74. Believe me I don’t feel that bad for him! I just feel bad that he lost it so quickly and then became a mental case. I think the effort was still there which I can’t say for the other 3 losers from the past

  75. Rob in Beantown on

    Sometimes the comment moderation keeps you from saying dumb things. Carp, don’t bother approving my comment from a few minutes ago. It was stupid anyway.

  76. I don’t see how Clowe can risk playing tough. And either Thornton or Lucic will handle Haley easily. But anything is better than the way Dorsett peed his pants when Thornton challenged him.

  77. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I do not want clowe to play tonight! The guy is an absolute stud and will be for us for 3 or 4 more years.

    He needs to sit the rest of the playoffs regardless.

    Someone from the organization needs to step in and assure him his future status with the rangers is fine regardless if he plays another playoff game or not.

  78. Stranger Nation on

    Do NOT like Kreider being scratched and Pie-hat in line-up. Oh, I forgot, he is not ready according to Torts and others. But Richards is ready, Powe is ready, Pie-hat is ready because the play the ‘right’ way. My arse…

    The Coach determines personnel in games.

    The Coach should be held accountable for this mess.

  79. Any word on Kreider injury?. Did he suffer damage to his eye? His being scratched is not a good sign.

  80. Asham scored a couple of big goals in these playoffs and does not deserve to be benched

  81. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If brich is scratched, guess we know which year his buyout will be!!

  82. Stranger Nation on

    Matteau – agree with you on Asham. Guilt by association with Richards on his line? Don’t get it.

  83. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Still curious about the asham scratch.

    I can pretty much assure you that dorsett didn’t pee his pants or was afraid to go with Thornton.

    Dorsett is fearless and will fight anyone. Just look at his fight card at hockey fights.

  84. I told you guys the buyout decision had been made. the question, then, is why was he even allowed to play as long as he did?

  85. So which 28-32 year old 2nd liner are we getting in return for Kreider this offseason?

  86. Kreider can only be scratched because he’s hurt in his eye. Why in the world would Clowe play(e)? Does Tort hate Asham? What’s going on!? PANIC !!!!

  87. There have to be some good stories about the conversations that happened between Sather and Tortorella regarding Richards this year.

  88. Sean Avery has agreed to rub Richards feet and talk about Torts during the 2nd period.

  89. I think the ledge itself is on the ledge, ORR. The ledge may have actually jumped taking everyone on the ledge down with it.

  90. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t think there is any more ledge. Once you accept defeat you achieve a kind of inner peace.

  91. Regarding the lineup changes for tonight, reminds me of the the 91 season.

    April 14, 1991.. Elimination game against the Caps. Rangers lost series 4-2. Last game of series, Roger Neilson made significant changes to his veteran lineup by inserting 4 rookies who were recalled from the minors and hadn’t yet played in the series.

    “Coach Roger Neilson used four rookie skaters — Steven Rice, Tony Amonte, Corey Millen and Doug Weight. Another rookie, goalie Mike Richter, made the start but was on the bench after Washington scored on three of its first four shots.”. Joe Lapointe, of the NY Times

    At least back then, the rookies where all pretty good prospects and not journeymen minor leaguers like tonight’s additions. The future looked brighter back then – not so much now. Where are our significant prospects????

  92. It just hit me. The Capitals are *not* going to sign Ribeiro. Instead they will give Richards a 2-3 year contract for $3M per.

  93. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Is Clowe dressing? I agree with Wicky – not smart. His noodle needs to heal.

  94. _Haley and Newberries are coming in. SO great to be a Rangers fan, isn’t it._

    I’ve preemptively sent a Bruins fan friend a text apologizing for whatever cheap parting-shot injury Haley inflicts.

  95. _The future looked brighter back then – not so much now. Where are our significant prospects????_

    I imagine in a different world, one with more foresight and less reliance on experience trumping all, we could be looking at Kreider, Miller and myabe McIlrath injecting a little life tonight.

  96. Boston Bonehead on

    Well. This is interesting news. Hopefully this scratching didnt come one game too late…

  97. Don’t feel at all bad for Richards. He obviously showed up at camp in horrible shape and proceeded to give us the laziest hockey you could ask for. Blind passes, missed passes, horrified giveaways when he thought he might get hit.

    Good bye

    But I hold special hatred for Gomez and Drury more than him

    Gomez thought he was auditioning for Dangerfields any time a camera was on him. Never seen a guy so happy to lose.

    And Chris Drury – two things. 1- “I’m not gonna let this ruin my Christmas”. 2- “Be sure to buy my pizza”

  98. Rob, as a long time fan, believe me, this team (ownership, management, coaches and players) isn’t worth a trip to the ledge. However, I wouldn’t mind seeing at least half of them escorted to the ledge, blindfolded.

  99. Stranger Nation on

    If you watched Haley this season, at no point did he resort to the type of play that is being suggested. some of us did not understand whey he was not playing more or even sent down.
    The guy skated hard, charged the net and took the body when ever possible. In fact, he only had a couple of scraps
    Now he are going to denigrate the guy because he doesn’t hold up the ‘blue’ class and tradition.
    Enough of that carcillo.
    Its about time he is up there.

  100. Eddie, what’s the matter with Clowes noodle? I thought he had a upper body injury?

  101. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Did Sather tell torts to scratch Richards? If so, ch ch ch changes are a brewing

  102. I understand protecting Richie from injury for buyout sake but I think Torts may be doing it to save Richie from the shame of being booed into embarrassment if he went over the boards tonight. Maybe.

  103. Wicky I’m very familiar with Dorsett’s card and history. He’s a good middleweight, occasionally but rarely fights a bona fide heavy. He is more Avery than Prust. Which is not a bad thing, just thought he should have answered the bell against Thornton, win or lose, after chasing Marchand around. Made him look silly, entire Boston bench laughing at him and Thornton skated by him with some taunts and a big grin after he scored.

  104. In the ‘game within the game” it was not a good showing for Dorsett. Dave Maloney pointed it out in the post game as well.

  105. czechthemout!!! on

    I agree with Dreger. Richards will sign with someone next year, get awsy from wall hockey and score 60-70 points. This will prove once again that Torts has no clue.

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