It’s Go Time! … Game 4: Bruins at Rangers


As you’ve seen/heard by now, Brad Richards is a healthy scratch tonight, and is certainly done as a Ranger (unless they somehow come back in this series, maybe?) …

He will be bought out after the season, the Rangers paying him $24 million  over 14 years as a parting gift that will remove Richards’ salary from the diminishing salary cap.
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Bruins at Rangers.

Final game at MSG? Final game of the Rangers’ season?

Anton Stralman is out after being squished by Milan Lucic in the second period of Game 3. Roman Hamrlik will make his first appearance of the playoffs in Stralman’s place.

Arron Asham is also scratched, not sure if he’s healthy. Micheal Haley and Kris Newbury are in for Richards and Asham. Chris Kreider will also play, despite an injury he suffered in Game 3.


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  1. Anything said against him is viewed as having an agenda against him. Yet no one has any problem having an agenda towards Richards for example. Richards couldve easily avoided the media today and several times this year. Media has to guess what mood the coach woke up in every day. Quite the leader.

  2. Marc Savard’s tweet is as out there as Hull’s.

    Tortorella should get fired right after the game he has ruined all of his players confidence #Richardswillget80pointsnextyear #ByeByeTorts

  3. Good evening all! I don’t know what to hope for or think…..nutter butters!

  4. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on





    Lets gog gog og gog og go gogog!!!!

  5. Come on, Lyova, you can do better than just say “everyone”. It’s been near wall-to-wall criticism of Tortorella on here for a good while and even those who don’t hate his guts fall well short of saying he can do no wrong, so I really don’t know what your point is.

  6. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    All this crying going on around here is just hard tough RANGERS loveeeee!!!!

    WE are certainly passionate!!!!

  7. BroadwayBlueshirt11 on

    This all reminds me of the Arod pinch hit garbage in the playoffs last year…

  8. Carp

    Is the buy out just your opinion? No shot at redemption next year?

    It feels like the hockey world is on the cliff today btween torts firing and Richie benching…

    Did savard play for torts when he was with ny?

  9. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    RANGERS IN 7 !!!!

    HELL YEAH!!!!!

    Win this one for Torts!!!! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAA!!

    I just want to win. Period!!!!!

  10. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    This will not be Richards last game , were gonna need him in game 7!!!!

  11. LGR!

    No Horseteeth

    Haley and Newbury in…..they need to make Bruins feel them

  12. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    LW – odd though that Hull and Savard, two impressive former players, went public so quickly.

  13. As Savard is still technically a non-retired, paid employee of the Bruins, does the league take kindly to public pronouncements a that another team’s coach should be fired?

    Not saying it is a big deal, but the league tends to be a bit sensitive about stuff like that.

  14. No Pierre “Personally Offended by the Rangers PP” tonight! obviously he was our jinx so far this series, so this is nothing but good news so far! Also really liking the kreider, brassard, nash line. Lets Go Rangers!!

  15. I have to put up with Brian Engblom’s rambling all night long? NO WAY! The Mute button will be quite busy.

  16. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “it may be true Hull is not dumber than me, but I’m sorry, even I take a back seat to Engblom”

  17. Why don’t any of you understand that the reason the crowd is quiet is because we’re all sitting on this blog instead of being at the game?

  18. King with no Ring on

    It was desperate of Torts to play McIlrath instead of Hamrlik today. He is trying to pull out all the stops to extend this series. Oh…

  19. Let’s pass to McDonagh who’s covered on the wing instead of the open man in the slot!

  20. are those shots considered oppurtunities? at this point i’ll take anything in the bruins end as a positive

  21. I’m gonna make this game memorable by parachuting into the center ice faceoff circle from the score board in 3……2…..1……lookout below

  22. SufferingSince79 on

    One consolation I have regarding a Richard’s buy out is knowing the Flyers will be paying captain moonbeam until 2020 and that in order to sign him they provided the Kings the means to win a Stanley Cup. Misery, meet company. Company, here’s my friend misery. Lets go Rangers!

  23. They keep on saying that they will go to the other game at 8. Will we in NY still have the game on?

  24. He said it was nice not have to shade his eyes from the glare of the lights off Pierre’s coconut

  25. what other channel are the rangers on? on time warner thats my only option. I am gonna lose it

  26. I am not impressed by either team so far…smells like both feel inevitability

  27. MDZ “afraid to make a play” again there as he turned it over trying to deke around a second Bruin in the neutral zone…

  28. Steve Ott ?@otterN9NE “@joegud: @otterN9NE @smallenfreuden What do you think of the benching of Brad Richards?” Absolutely ridic, he is a game changer!

  29. Missed a TV timeout there with the lack of a stoppage in the last seven minutes. Tough carcillo, Mr Jacobs.

  30. Every pundit, analyst, writer, ex player with a voice jumping on the Torts sucks, Fire Torts, bandwagons.

  31. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Richards buyout.
    Sather making more millionaire retirees. He’s better than a pension plan.

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Re-watching this game, I’ll have to count how many TO, regardless what the stat sheet says, MDZ has tonight.

  33. Czechthemout!!! on

    So some decent things happened. The fourth line of the Bruins was neutralized. The new fourth line did some good things.

    Now for the bad. Torts has still not made an adjustment on how we come out of the zone. They still try to rim the puck around the boards even though it is clear to even a blind man that the Bruins have that covered. Yet, no adjustment made.
    The PP still has MDZ on it on one point, Stepan on the other point. Amazing!

  34. Hammer and Eminger in a decisive 2nd round playoff game tells you just how thin the talent level is in the NHL.

  35. boxcareddiehospodar on

    i may be too optimistic but it does not seem the bruins are taking many liberties against us tonight.

    next game sit either stephan or hagelin. they are both playing very tenative and just pass the puck to no one.

    bring up mashimnter

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The rangers passing to the bruins more than to each other. This game has a funeral-like feel to it.

  37. Norm Merton on

    Richards is behind the bench whispering to the guys, “You stink. Pass them the puck. Be soft on D. You stink. Heh, Heh.” And did you ever notice what big teeth he has? He’s the worst player off the ice. I can’t believe they let him in the press box. And he has big teeth, like a horse.

  38. Eddie, take your time, you’ll probably have all summer to re- watch this one.

  39. CTBlueshirt on

    Really don’t know why they decided to scratch 2nd leading scorer Asham

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Norm – you have to admit, dentures aren’t yet made for those choppers.

  41. yea that period was so intense somebodys gonna have to scrape up whats left or eric and stuey off the pavement

  42. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    There must be something going on in that room. This is as bad as they’ve played all year.

  43. boxcareddiehospodar on

    time for newbury or haley to drop the gloves and get the place going.

  44. The Ranger forwards need some of that Duluth underwear….need to “get a pair’

  45. Norm Merton on

    Yes, Richards’ teeth are indeed large. It’s important to note, when a once-great athlete hits the skids, that his teeth are oversized. Ha, ha, ha! They’re so big, they resemble the teeth that a horse has in its mouth. He’s like a horse! With the big teeth and all.

  46. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If there is a hockey god, we will see this go 7, then whatever, but first just some intensity and passion….

  47. Czechthemout!!! on


    I am not giving up despite the fact that they may have already done so. The Bruins have not done much yet either. It is interesting how uninspired they are today. Really should be ashamed of themselves.

  48. Rob in Beantown on

    Bruins won’t fight, I’m pretty sure Dorsett tried to start a fight during the first period

  49. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    We got them right where we want ’em ….

    Hank never lets in a goal, Rangers will win all the remaining games .Its that simple.

  50. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Bruins look as bad as we do thats for sure.

  51. CTBlueshirt on

    Did they not think the game was entertaining enough and just put on Grand Prix?

  52. Norm Merton on

    Hey, I just saw a shot of Richards upstairs. He’s down. Let’s go up there and kick him!

    In his horse teeth! Haw, haw, haw!

  53. Rob in Beantown on

    This is an elimination game and its tied after one period but its the least stressed I’ve been watching a Rangers game all season

  54. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Norm – there is nothing funny or unfunny about Richards’ teeth. They are just big. No worries. More importantly, the rangers gave the puck away at every turn.

  55. King with no Ring on

    If there was a stampede in the seats, would the other fans even notice while they are using their iphones?

  56. Rob, if they won’t fight, you make them fight by going after one of their young DMen.

  57. maybe we can sign jagr next season and bring dru back for a bit, snatch gomez away from the stanley cup winning sharks too. show these young spuds how to do it!

  58. bold prediction of the night: Rangers score 2 goals this period (knock on wood)

  59. Norm Merton on

    Yeah, Eddie, but they’re just so damn comically big, right? Seriously, how can you not laugh about those crazy-ass teeth, especially now that he’s been benched in an elimination game after an all-star career. And another thing, while he’s been struggling this year — because of his teeth, I think — he’s been making more money than me. He must be lazy and a bad person, again probably because of those teeth.

  60. i dont get it… why can’t they keep that game on the channel it was on and just start Detroit game on the other channel?

  61. I said all year the rangers should buy out Richards after this season even though some thought after next season. I’m happy to see the rangers management have come to there senses. One more bum and salary off the books.

  62. King with no Ring on

    The Rangers can not afford to fall behind in this game. They have played well to this point.

  63. funny how people on this blog killed Dubinsky because he was making to much money and my argument was Nash isn’t a super star and didn’t make Columbus better and won’t make the rangers better but is getting paid like a super star at 7.8 million. I give it to the middle of next season Nash will be the new whipping boy.

  64. SufferingSince79 on

    Sad how Nash came to NY to play with more skilled players and have chance to win. No Gabby. No Richards. Same team. Higher cost of living. No winning. Ugh…great goal. Here we go.

  65. Czechthemout!!! on

    Boy, if they backed in any more on that goal, they would be in the seats with the fans.

  66. FlaRanger
    Richards will be working in Drury’s place folding pizza boxes

    The ownership of that pizza place has an annual combined cap hit of $13.8 million per fiscal season.

  67. “Sad how Nash came to NY to play with more skilled players and have chance to win.”

    agreed….would have been nice if he helped

  68. TommyG, obviously ignoring my MisterSoftie posts Re: Nash. He’s already on my WBM.

  69. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck got a $24 million buyout payment?

  70. TommyG I always said that! Nash is a good player, not a superstar. I watched him for two years as a graduate student in Ohio. His contract is terrible too! He will be making a ton and I think he is post peak.

  71. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Put me in coach…i’m ready to play!!!

  72. Carp, that’s so obvious! :)

    These “fans” at MSG don’t deserve a final salute….I’m really really pissed

  73. Norm Merton on

    Ha, ha, ha, Woodchuck!! That’s funny, I get it. You’re saying that the benched Richards’ outsize teeth resemble the teeth that a woodchuck has! So that in that way he is comparable to a woodchuck!! Only that probably a woodchuck is better on the Power Play. Richards is a WOODCHUCK!!

  74. boxcareddiehospodar on

    nice matador play by stephan on the goal Ola

    at least newberry is trying and not intimdated!! more than hagelin and stephan

  75. carp, so would I, if you remember, I really didn’t want Nash. If people can go back at the time in those post you will see I was against it because great players make player around them better, not the other way around and now we have a 7.8 million dollar contract that won’t be worth the player, like Richards, like drury, like redden, like gomez, see a pattern here. Wake the fugg up dolan and clean house and for god sake hire competent management.

  76. I might prefer to buy out Nash & Rehab Horse Teeth. Sorry Norm for the HT comment.

  77. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    shots from the point.

    Game over, season over.

    Gonna be an interesting offseason.

  78. King with no Ring on

    Torrey Krug with another stellar shot. As Zotto heads out of the penalty box, Krug heads to the Conference Finals. Respect.

  79. Tory Krug = Doug Harvey + Bobby Orr + Ray Bourque + Al MacInnis + Paul Coffey

  80. somebody told me they saw on channel 12 news that torts was getting fired as soon as season is over. The jury is out.

  81. I like the Mr Softie moniker…well deserved

    Krug…3rd goal of series…we wish we had players with 3 goals all playoffs

  82. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    There’s the one we needed!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!

  83. Norm Merton on

    Papa Bear, no need to apologize — you understand perfectly the ethos of this blog.

  84. That shot was the slowest moving puck to ever cross a goal line in NHL history.

  85. Olga Folkyerself on

    Bure, Lindros, Holik, Kovalov 3, Messier 2, Ozolinsh, Naslund, Zherdev, Redden, Drury, Gomez, Brashear, Gaborik, Richards, Nash?

    Thanks, Glen, a perfect record. Who’s next?

  86. Carp, didn’t say it was a good hockey source but it is owned by dolan, so take it for what it’s worth.

  87. Admiral Akbar on

    That was the best few minutes of Ranger hockey this series.

    At least go down fighting!

  88. Olga, Boogaard, Halpern, Rupp, Asham, earlier … Gusarov, Karpa, Malahkov … it’s never ending.

  89. I wish Dolan would spend more time realizing sather needs to go than where his band will play next.

  90. TommyG, Rangers need Torts to lead them through next years transition phase.

  91. Julien insults 4thline of Rangers not worth fighting with them…not worth the tradeoff

  92. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Maybe Nash can take longer to shoot next time. Unlikely, but maybe it’s possible.

  93. SufferingSince79 on

    I’m not dead.
    Ere, he says he’s not dead.
    Yes he is.
    I’m not.
    He isn’t.
    Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill.
    I’m getting better.
    No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.

  94. Papa Bear
    TommyG, Rangers need Torts to lead them through next years transition phase.

    yea, something the rangers are good at every few years. I’m starting to think sather has a dart board in his office with one side showing who to draft, one side who to sign via free agency and one side who to trade. While sitting in his chair smoking a stogy he flings the darts at the board and where it lands he makes his decision.

  95. Admiral Akbar on

    Sather = great at trades

    Sather = ok drafts/player development

    Sather = absolutely awful at free agents

  96. Oh yea, the “Player Transaction Dart Board” .. Sometimes he gets lucky.

  97. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    And the only dart in Sather’s office is stuck into the side of his head…

  98. How does Sather have a job? I mean really? He over pays for everyone! The Garden, despite the age of the teams playing there, really does not have many championship banners hanging for the rafters. This city deserves better.

  99. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Sather = ok drafts/player development?

    I beg to differ. Want me to start another list?

  100. Five percent on the power play. Come on, that means it could still be worse!

  101. ThisYearsModel on

    Been following the Rangers since 1968. Have seen every season but one end like this. Shows what a fluke last year was.

  102. Admiral Akbar on

    Slatsko –

    High level busts by Slats, but he did well with guys like Callahan, Staal, Girardi, Dublowsky, AA, etc.

  103. Never mind…..found it…are you kidding me…the game moves channels ….! Hartnell!!!!!!!!

  104. Norm Merton on

    Re. Krug the punk. Do the Rangers have any goalscoring punk defensemen in the system?

  105. What? MDZ is a top 4 defensemen Stemmer. Maybe you didn’t get the memo? It’s been circulating here all year. :)

  106. Admiral Akbar on

    Sather orchestrated the No Gomez trade,which is genius.

    Also did well with people like Prust, Sjostrom, etc.

  107. Czechthemout!!! on

    So we had a nice spurt of play late in the second but did not score after that nutty goal by Hags. Usually these things work like this. Rangers come out and put on some heat on the Bruins the first five or so minutes, dont score ( what else is new) and then the Bruins score two or three more and final score is 4-1 Bruins.

  108. King with no Ring on

    I am interested to learn in the postgame if Lundqvist attributes that magnificent Krug goal to a lucky bounce.

  109. did i just hear right? the 2 dummies on cnbc just said”its a slippery slope for the bruins ONLY up 2-1″

  110. I don’t know about anybody else but I’ve seen enough of rangers hockey this year, trust me, it’s better that the bruins put the rangers and there fans out of misery. Why would you want the rangers to play one more game, especially in Boston. There is no need for it, really.

  111. Embarrassing listening to Roenick describe lack of effort in a playoff game

  112. Eddie. Never give up hope with the Rangers. One year again we might be rewarded for staying loyal to the end.

  113. Admiral Akbar on


    I direct my frustration at this fellow Krug who has decimated the Rangers in this playoffs. He is playing really well in this short series. Lets see what happens next serason (refer to Kreider).

    Rangers are supposed to have Del Zotto. But that hasn’t worked out well. McIrath is a project. So, nobody in the system can score as a defenseman. Forgive me for my frustration.

  114. TommyG, with each extra game, Torts has another opportunity to step on it and commit a major infraction with the media or the league, which may help lead to his termination.

  115. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Draft picks 1st & Second rounders- Dylan McIlrath Christian Thomas Michael Del Zotto Evgeny Grachev, Alexei Cherepanov, Ethan Werek Antoine Lafleur Bob Sanguinetti,Artem Anisimov Al Montoya Lauri Korpikoski Hugh Jessiman Ivan Baranka Nigel Dawes Lee Falardeau Dan BlackburnFedor Tyutin Garth Murray

    And when he does find a decent player, he trades them off or releases them outright.

  116. King with no Ring on

    Zotto is a 4 on this team. On many other teams, he is lucky to be a 6.

  117. Admiral Akbar on


    Yeah, McD is probably the ONLY player on the nyr outside of Lundqvist who has distinguished himself this series.

  118. Don’t you just feel filthy when a Milbury or a JR says something and you agree with them? Even if it’s like “the puck is made of rubber.” It’s a terrible feeling.

  119. With all the issues that plague this team, there are still dimwits — who have pretensions to a certain savviness — convinced HL is the problem.

    A mind is indeed a terrible thing to waste.

  120. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    The rangers have a preseason roster out there tonight and play like it too

  121. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Bure, Lindros, Holik, Kovalov 3, Messier 2, Ozolinsh, Naslund, Zherdev, Redden, Drury, Gomez, Brashear, Gaborik, Richards, Nash? -OLGA

    Are you a moron? You giving women a bad name. Seriously are you a puck bunny dumb blond? All these players are olympic nation team hockey players. You bash them , you look the fool.

  122. the rangers don’t really have a true #1 defensemen or a #1 winger or center, it’s mediocrity at it’s best.

  123. No Body Cares network. Kick them when they are down. It hurts to be the butt of jokes! Is this what Icelander fans feel like?

  124. Uncle Glennie can be blamed for a lot of those picks but I think Cherepanov was a little outside his control.

  125. Obviously Czech, you have not been reading my Delzotto posts this season. That was major league (S)

  126. Czechthemout!!! on

    Just want to say in case I forget later about how much fun it is to come here and debate with all you guys! The ones who agree with my point of you and the ones who don’t. We all want the same outcome even though we may disagree on how to get there.

    This maybe the last period of the season boys so I just wanted to say that!

  127. Admiral Akbar on

    Brasher and Gomez were the worst of that bunch.

    Hon mention to Zherdev and Redden, and richards

  128. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Lets say his drafting is poor overall, but even a blind Sather finds his nuts once in awhile.

  129. “The broadcast crew has been pretty good tonight.”


    They were told to fluff the Rangers as much as possible to keep hope alive/keep people watching.

    All I want is a very dirty hit on #63, #17, and #37 because I hate his frere jacques face.

  130. Whoa, way to get sexist. Those players sure didn’t work out when they came to the Rangers, regardless of their level before that.

  131. Del Zotto penalty was a joke ….not that NBC replayed it….they can call that on every shift…both teams

  132. next year with Columbus and the red wings in the rangers division and other teams in the eastern conference getting better, the rangers will be fighting for dear life for the eight spot for sure and most likely the rangers won’t make the playoffs.

  133. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Ok , true enuff Pitbull but show a brain , Have those players were on alot of gms wishlists.


    lets gog og gog go goggo!!!!

  134. Let’s all follow Richards home and surround his building and make horse noises all night long. (Norm is the doorman, watch out!)

  135. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Greggie, greggie, greggie. Do I REALLY have to explain it to you? Those players were good. I didn’t say they weren’t.
    They did not fulfill their bloated contracts when Sather overpaid for them. None of the played well for NY. They were all past their prime or damaged goods.

    Pay attention to the conversation or go sit at the kids table.

  136. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    @Just want to say in case I forget later about how much fun it is to come here and debate with all you guys! The ones who agree with my point of you and the ones who don’t. We all want the same outcome even though we may disagree on how to get there.

    This maybe the last period of the season boys so I just wanted to say that!@

    This. A thousand times this.

  137. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



  138. Rask either feeling sorry for us or Mr. Jacobs wants another game in Boston for the revenue.

  139. Norm Merton on

    Weird — Chara’s long reach hurt him there, all that room on the inside. Brilliant poach by Stepan.

  140. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    what a goal by stepan. Just victimized one of the 10 best defensemen in the league. made him look like a total chump.

  141. “Captain ties it. Err, Stepan ties it. Errr, I am to be taken seriously!”

  142. Norm Merton on

    Need the trifecta now — how about one off the back glass onto Rask’s helmet and into the net.

  143. definitely fun to see the boys get back into this one and give us one more exciting/sickening finish…

    let’s go boys!

  144. Admiral Akbar on

    Please kill this, boys!

    Nothing like a penalty against to kill momentum.

  145. I mean…I have seen a lot of goalies bowled over in these playoffs. Guess the puck wasn’t in the crease?

  146. Nash smart. Knows he’s ineffective on PP, tries to take Chara to box with him.

  147. Norm Merton on

    Give Tortorella credit for the discipline he got out of his players this year. It’s been a while since we were reminded how weak the PK is, and how important it’s been to stay out of the box…

    Damn it — power play.

  148. what a concept, the blogs #1 whipping boy scores a PP goal, can’t make this stuff up, hilarious.

  149. We all have to buy lotto tickets now! We just witnessed an endangered species. The rangers PPG!

  150. Gord Miller on TSN: “That’s Boyle’s first PPG in over three years. January 2011.”

    Suppose it felt like three years…

  151. Bruins really want to shut the door. Gotta love their effort. About as much as I hate their bandwagon fans.


  152. Carp, please propose a server upgrade to the powers that be over the offseason.

  153. Admiral Akbar on

    Here’s that power play again!

    (Mr. Jacobs may get more home game revenue??)

  154. “That was a really long shift for Jagr, he was pushing 14 seconds…”

  155. CTBlueshirt on

    The deadly Rangers PP that’s 100% in third periods of elimination games this series is about to take the ice.

  156. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    FEELS good here at the kids tableeee!!!!

    TOO many emotions over here…Im FREAKIN out and in and out….Rangers UP RANGERS DOWN RANGERS UP…whewwwww

  157. Norm Merton on

    Brassard’s gonna kill himself for not scoring there, but he has taken this PP by the throat. Best it’s looked all year.

  158. As the son of Tony from AZ says…..sorry all…Jesus Tits!!! Or JT as we all say….

  159. Admiral Akbar on

    Win a face off…. Bodies to the net…. Shot on goal… Deflection…….

  160. great, lets stretch out the misery a little more, why not, ranger fans are use to it by now.

  161. Norm Merton on

    Tough OT coming up — win it and all you’ve done is prolong the agony. Lose it… stinger. I say prolong the agony.

  162. Krug this.. Krug that.. didn’t know skating the puck out of the zone was such an amazing feat. And the announcers fail to mention all the screw-ups he’s had.

  163. Rick Nash gliding around reminds me of Jagr’s last few games As a Ranger. He must be so frustrated on the inside but to the rest of us looks like he just can’t hack it. Hope he is hurt and not a bust!

  164. Czechthemout!!! on


    Amazing right? Right back to first period mode on the breakout! Skate it out through the damn middle already. As I said before, a blind man can see that the Bruins have our vaunted breakout figured out.

  165. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Ok there will be a game 5 Saturday, Hank can’t be this BAD..

  166. Czechthemout!!! on

    Krug is ten times the player MDZ is. He is what we all thought MDZ would be. All the mistakes? Funny!

  167. I love (most of) you all, but this is one of those times I wish I was not a hockey fan

  168. Cnbc will probably cut to their regular programming in the middle of overtime! No respect

  169. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Kreider not looking terrible. Anyone like what Hamrlik did or would Gilroy have been better?

  170. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    John Giannone – bruins have made dman changes while possessing the puck in the rangers zone 3 times in the last 2 games.

  171. King with no Ring on


    When did Torts say hartnell? Hartnell is not on either team.

  172. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Don Lagreca just made a Martin Brodeur reference. Marty was 3-11 after first 14 OT playoff games. #15 was game 6 vs Dallas to win it.

  173. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



    Lets do this!!!

  174. Admiral Akbar on

    OT ice starting to tilt in B’s favor…

    Not portending well for Rangers

  175. Admiral Akbar on

    Holy Carcillo!!!!

    Game over! Sweep Avoided!!!

    Miserable Season Continues!!

    Undefeated without Richards in lineup!!!!

  176. Norm Merton on

    Next time we hear the Nash-never-scores business, let’s not forget that pass. God, what a hockey play by both guys — no grind, no grit, just hard skating, hard stop, hard pass, great goal.

  177. boxcareddiehospodar on

    and kreider was not good enough to play the entire year.

    The only lineup change should be strahlman for hamrlik and clowe for zuccs

  178. Admiral Akbar on

    Too bad Richards wasn’t sat down earlier…

    Great work by Kreider. Great play by Nash.

    Way to hang in there in OT, Hank. Your boys rewarded you!

  179. The atmosphere at the Garden in the final period + overtime was loud.

    You called it, Admiral & King. Kreider was flying all night.

  180. NBC apologizes for Tortorella’s language but not for rushing to jump from the game coverage.

  181. Admiral Akbar on

    This Bruins team won the Cup in 2011.

    This Bruins team also lost to Caps in first round 2012.

    This Bruins team also choked a 3-0 lead in games to Flyers (Jokinen Shootout Loss) despite leading 3-0 in Game 7.

    This Bruins team CAN BE HAD.

    They are just as capable of choking as they are capable of winning. This is still a winnable series. Shift by shift, period by period, game by game.



  182. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Rangers win and Chicago is losing…nice night so far!!!!!

  183. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Add Your Comment ..NO !!! Add Your Comment please …NOWAY!!!!

    Add Your Comment , ok fine!!


  184. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Darren Pang ( TSN, former garbage goalie , ugly mug looks like Hamilton figure skater ) IS A DORK!!!!!!

    DARREN PANG SAID , stick a fork in us cuz we are done before the game!!!!! HE MUST BE TWEEETED !!! SOMEONE PLEAAAASE TWEET HIM please.

  185. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    TWEEET HIM!!!!!





  186. Add your game 5 !!!!! I actually was enjoying this tonight. Sort of like a convict enjoying a big meal before….

  187. The game is slowed down in Nash’s head, the thing that separates the very good from the good. This game is too fast for Richie. Will Torts have the gonads to sit him again? Ham and Eggs, #40, 44 glaring multi- car pile up waiting to happen. The swift BC kid played Okay, not great, but the goal should restore confidence, make him feel more a part of this group. That speaks to good prospective.

  188. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hank has won many games in Boston in his career. The B’s will rue this day come next Wednesday.

  189. another game = another chance to give marchand a permanent seat next to marc savaard.

  190. I’m with Eddie – ruuka won’t be up to the TASK on Saturday ! LGR!!!!!! Holiday weekend of baked Boston beantowners!!

  191. Hammer played more positional defense in his limited time than #44, who, though I like him for his tenacity and grit, scares me half to death each time he goes over the boards. I was scared half to death numerous times tonight, so I must be completely dead and dreaming that I’m posting.

  192. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard continues to lead the team in scoring. He will have a big game Saturday. I believe we can win this series.

  193. The question, coos, is whether he’ll have the nads to put Richards back in. Not that he deserves it, but will T. consider a chastened star’s response to being scratched or go with the ineffective Haley and Newbury again? Either way is a gamble.

  194. Will Richie be given another chance to go for a 100% long-term Cap-busting disability pension?

  195. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Get an early lead in the first period in game 5 would be ideal. Coming back from 2-0 in game 4 – amazing resolve.

  196. Coos, what if he slips on the way up to the press box and breaks his leg. can he still be bought out or are we back in LT Cap Busting Pension area again?

  197. If Kreider can be a legit LW on a line with Nash it fundamentally changes the prospects for this team, including whether to look at next year as contending or transitioning.

  198. IMO, if it’s up to Torts he will put Richards back in the lineup. I think that Sather had finally seen enough and had him sit. Torts probably went along because he knew that Richards would get booed like crazy. If he plays again and gets hurt it will set this franchise back tremendously.

  199. Rask joins long list of those who hate Kreider. He’s right behind Torts, just ahead of Richards in the I hate Kreider line.

  200. Newbury took a costly and stupid penalty and won zero faceoffs. I did think he made some good plays here and there, but overall I’d say it’s a pretty big risk having him out there, as it is with Richards. No easy answer.

  201. Admiral Akbar on

    Ex3 – we are vibin’ about Newberry.

    Richie sits.

    Now watch him play for Toronto or Islanders.

  202. Really wish JT Miller’s wrist was doing better. Would have liked to see him get some playoff minutes.

  203. Richards can’t dress for Game 5….if decision has already been made to use the buyout…you can’t risk injury and be stuck with him and his cap hit

  204. Torts speaking: “Brad Richards is a hell of a hockey player!”

    No, he’s not any more. He used to be. I appreciate the loyalty, but it has been way too misguided.

  205. Eddie, I admire your optimism and your view of the Rangers’ resolve. But they were dead in the water at 2-0 when Rask turned the game on its head. They did at least accept the gifts, though, and show some pluck after that. And that OT goal is right up there.

  206. Norm Newberry hits and will take a hit to move the puck. . He’s certainly not perfect but he played better than -horseteeth- Richards

  207. 2-0 Wings. Cleary into the empty net.

    He’s always someone I’ve envisioned being an NYR.

  208. i was one of the few that said Detroit will beat Chicago. Looks like it’ll happen. Proud team. Proud coach.

  209. Wings playing like a legit Cup Contender. And to think, this was suppose to be a year of -rebuilding- transition.

  210. Any lineup changes for Game 5? Richards back in? Clowe? Stralman > Hamrlik (who was *not* bad)?

  211. Newbury did his best with what he’s got, and I love it that he got a look after such a good year in Hartford. I just don’t think he’s good enough to compete at this level, but I hope he takes a hit to score a goal if he’s in the next game. I’d go with the pedigree, though — if there’s a response from Richards, there’s a greater upside.

  212. Let’s face it, Tortorella’s lip lock on #19 cost this team dearly, 5 on 5 and power play for a long, long time. If Sather made the decision, good for him.

  213. I think Newbury should get a REAL look as a 4th line Center for us next season. We finally have a 4th line with our backs against the wall. I’m fine with the one we have now. Haley-Newbury-Dorsett. Bring it.

  214. Hawks 3-1 down to the #7 seed after two straight first round exits, Toews goalless in nine games, Kane basically benched late in the third.

    Obviously comparing apples and oranges, but it does show that these things happen to other teams too.

  215. I love that after almost getting swept we are in the same boat that the President’s Trophy winning ‘Hawks are in.

  216. Double joy – toothless Chicago sucked big time and can start preparing to pack…

  217. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Orr – perhaps so…. Ranger’s first 2 goals were out first good bounces this series.

  218. If Richards ever gets in front of the net, it’s his own net and he stands before it zombie-like and flatfooted while big opponents bang away at Henrik’s pads. How many times do we have to see it?

  219. @NYDNRangers 18s
    Torts says it’s his decision, blame shouldn’t fall on Richards, tells media: “Kiss my (***) if you want to run something different.”

    How can anyone now love this guy?

  220. Very impressive. That’s all I can say- thought we had little to no chance tonite , especially without Strahlman- I stand corrected. By the way, no question that Chara is hurting big time- if you get a chance rewatch the game and just watch him. It’d be a kick to somehow win saturday and watch the beads of sweat form on Claude Julien’s head.

  221. Torts telling the Press in salty language what they can write and can’t write. Talks about Richie like he was Lou Gehrig.

  222. Norm, the 2nd round of the SCP’s is no place for sentimentality. Richards must sit again in game 5.

  223. I think, not using Ash is a mistake. So far he was the best in ratio “scores/TOI” tough enough an with a good shot.

  224. I appreciate the nobility and toughness of a veteran pro like Newbury. But, the guy is due for a bad penalty almost every game. Better than Richards? …not sure anyone would say that or thinks that.

    Call me crazy (I was in attendance tonight) but sounds like fans look for reasons to blame Tortorella, even during wins.

  225. OMG Epic Typo by me! I love Tort.

    @NYDNRangers 18s
    Torts says it’s his decision, blame shouldn’t fall on Richards, tells media: “Kiss my (***) if you want to run something different.”

    How could anyone *NOT* love this guy!?

  226. Carp: Gehrig and Jack Kerouac both had football scholarships and played for Columbia. How’s that for worthless, but interesting trivia?

  227. Sentimentality? Good Lord, I just want to see the Rangers win, and trying to out-grind Boston will never work. Rangers won with open-ice goals tonight, and I think Richards gives them a better shot at those. I’ve never met the guy, as I suspect is the case for most people here, so it pisses me off when everyone goes all third-grade and kicks a proven player when he’s down. There’s not a soul left on this blog, including its moderator, who is able to notice any more when Richards makes a good play. I’d say it’s likely he has some more good hockey in him before he’s officially done, more NHL minutes ahead of him than Newbury, and perhaps the Rangers can take advantage.

  228. This organist in LA sounds pretty good. Recognized some Pat Benatar and some Doors over the television..

  229. What’s come over the Rangers? Movement on the power play; Snarl on the 4th line; An OT win. The rebirth of THE KREIDER! All resulting from the benching of Richards!! (s)


  230. Carp tells the Press “don’t try to coach,” but he thinks he can tell them how to write. He’s becoming more and more brazen with everyone and, like Caesar surrounded, he will one day look for his pal Brutus and Brutus, too, will be holding the knife. It is the destiny of despots. On the other hand, LGR!

  231. Norm I’m with you on not getting personal and kicking someone when they’re down, especially with the horse comments, but seriously hockey-wise how can you possibly see Richards making any contribution and being anything other than a liability. I mean do you watch him, I don’t think it’s possible to exaggerate how bad he is.

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