Game 5: Rangers at Bruins tonight (5:30) … pre-game notes

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Courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at BOSTON BRUINS
2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 5

Saturday, May 25 (5:30 p.m.) – TD Garden
BOS leads 3-1

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (5:30 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 3-1, following a 4-3 overtime win in Game 4 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 213-232-8 record all-time in 453 playoff contests (120-89-2 at home; 93-143-6 on the road). New York has posted a 24-34 record all-time in Game 5s.
ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:
Overall — 213-232-8
Home — 120-89-2
Away — 93-143-6
Goals for — 1,243
Goals against — 1,237
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS —RANGERS vs. BRUINS
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 a 19-25-2 mark in 46 postseason contests.
RANGERS vs. BRUINS:
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%). 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)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BRUINS (Regular Season):
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
SPECIAL TEAMS:
Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (7:05) in Game 4, and are now 3-42 (7.1%) 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 surrendered two goals to the Bruins in four shorthanded situations (7:07) in Game 4, and are now 19-25 (76.0%) in the playoffs. Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 4, 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).
QUICK HITS:
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 25 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 NHL overall
CLOSE CALL
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. New York is 12-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.
BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts lead the league with 236 blocked shots during the playoffs. Dan Girardi leads the team and ranks second in the league with 35 blocked shots, while Ryan McDonagh is tied for third in the NHL with 28 blocked shots. Ryan Callahan (23) and Brian Boyle (17) rank first and second among NHL forwards, respectively, in blocked shots.
COOL UNDER PRESSURE
Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 21 times, posting a 10-11 record with a 1.61 GAA, .951 Sv% and four SO in those games.
CLOSING THE DOOR
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.
FINISHING THE JOB
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.
INJURIES:
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 59
Marc Staal (INJ, 5/6) — 8
Darroll Powe (INJ, 5/6) — 8
Ryane Clowe (INJ, 5/10) — 6
Anton Stralman (INJ, 5/21) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 41

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  1. amazes me how many ignorant “hockey people” have the nerve to say that Tortorella DISRESPECTED Brad Richards. Torts does a LOT that he could be called on…but it literally took a gun to his head for him to take Richards out.

    And to those saying the “relationship there is done”, what the hell is that supposed to mean. Richards should really be the one to apologize to John and say…I’m really sorry that I’ve put you in this position, thank you for giving me the benefit of the doubt until we’re suddenly 0-3 in the 2nd round.

    Again, there’s SO MUCH you can criticize John Tortorella for, but scratching Brad Richards when youre down 3-0 in the playoffs simply had to be done.

    The sad part is it’s really all just Canadian writers ripping Torts for disrespecting a Canadian guy.

    Richards should have started seeing pressbox time months ago, and John Tortorella defended Brad’s honor to a fault.

    I really doubt this “ruins their relationship”, whatever that may be. Richards knows he was given every opportunity possible to succeed under JT and he came up terribly.

  2. Hope it wasn’t quite literally a gun to his head. Unless that is how Haley managed to persuade his way into the line-up. Mario might have to write another letter.

  3. Admiral Akbar on

    After witnessing John Tortorella’s friendship with and thus loyalty to Brad Richards, these past two seasons, I would love to count John Tortorella as my friend.

    Torts gave his friend every chance to succeed this season, and poor Richards could not succeed.

    I feel terrible for Brad Richards, I was excited as hell when he came here. I think he’s a winner and has been a class act. He has been a great guy to look up to for the younger players.

    It is terrible that he had to be scratched, but that was the right call by John Tortorella.

    This was the big story in a strange, disappointing season — not just for the Rangers but for the NhL as a whole.

  4. Admiral Akbar on

    How did all this Brandon Prust garbage get back into the twitter role?

    I am not a Canadiens fan, and I do NOT want to download free hi res pictures of one of their players!

  5. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    good morning ya’ll.

    What a cold spring day!!

    See you all later during gametime!!

  6. Brads sad postseason scoring summary:

    B. Richards- 10 games, 1 lucky goal, 4 goals against.
    Not good at all.

    He has lots of talent. The first announcer who mentions him proves that they have no talent.

  7. nhl annonced game 6 monday at 7pm. i have tickets do the rangers have a ticket. lets go find a way

  8. Salty, I have toa gree with you on the CNADIAN GUYS. PUNDITS AND PLAYERS ALL IGNORANTLY THINKING THEY WERE DEFENFDING THER IR BUDDY bRAD BUT INSTEAD SHOWING THEIR TOTAL IGNORANCE.

  9. step away from the bottle. I have been hittting the Caps lockand the “A” frequently after that stroke.

  10. Good morning, boneheads!

    Again, the whole issue is unnecessary exadurated by the media. And some ignorant fans. It is what it is.

    5:30 pm is an awkward start time, I guess NBC wants two games around prime time.

  11. iDoodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    They use the first game as a lead in for the primetime game to maximize their numbers on the primetime game

  12. RAngers fans…

    I am in Alaska., I am up at 8 AM. I have slept for 20 hours in preparation. really

  13. What an awful weekend, weather wise, my wife and I picked up to go upstate. Can’t use the boat, can’t fish. Well, more time with my little girl. Unfortunately, something tells me, also more time to go to Albany and explore a couple of shopping malls.

  14. I think they are trying for pressure Torts into playing Richards so the Rangers lose…another North of the Border tactic to get rid of those “big, bad New Yorkers”. I grew up nextdoor to a Habs fan…a little like rooting for the Mets and growing up next to a Yankee fan during their heyday. As all have noted on this board, Torts gave Richards every opportunity and bent over badckwards to accommodate him until forced into elimination by the Bruins. Richards opted out of playing for a KHL team or any other team during the lockout and missed Torts’ grueling pre-season training, I still believe he can turn it around in a full season next year, but I’ll be hooted off the rock for saying that, by others here…hey Papa Bear, what are you growling about on this subject?

  15. On a seldom-this-days hockey news, it looks like Pittsburgh has raised their play a notch. Not what I consider a good news for NHL. Running on all cylinders. All they needed, seemingly, is a little bit of steadiness in their goal. Vokoun provided just that. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with MAF and his 2 year, $5M per contract.

  16. Wildplaces- I agree with you. I believe Richards will bounce back. May not be a 80-90 point-per-season player, but he will be an impact player. I just don’t think it’ll be in NY. Before this season started it was obvious they’d have to by his contract out. I thought it’d be after 2013-2014 season. But after he was demoted to 4th line duties, it was a sign he’d be gone this summer.

  17. I love how the NBC jackwagon Keith Jones writes off the Rangers at the end of last night’s Pens-Sens game. Saying how Boston needs to close out
    the series on Saturday because the Pens will now be well-rested for the ECF. LGR!

  18. Paul in sunrise on

    I still think rangers look to swap BRich with a team that will be using an amnesty buyout themselves so BRich when bought out by the other team can be resigned by the rangers and same for the other player. Think there might be more than one or two deals in that vein.

    And yes I am in the camp that BRich will be better next year. But cannot afford to keep him under that salary cap number.

    Lets go rangers.

  19. I wonder how did Richards survive all those years in Dallas w/o Torts’ training camp?

  20. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    When Ruukka Task needs a win to close out a series, he is 2-8, GAA of 3.2, and Save% .883.

    That boy can be had. After today, he’ll be 2-9.

  21. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ljr – Keith jones also picked the caps in game 7 last series. Let him keep picking losers…

  22. If Richard’s issues are conditioning then he has issues causing issues, whether they be physical, personal, motivational etc. Makes no matter none…its unfortunate the move wasn’t made until an elimination game.

  23. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Paul in Sunrise @9:34, interesting comment. Wonder if teams would be allowed to do that.

    For $1m, I’d give him a chance for half a year. Sometimes it’s best to cut your losses and move on. This team is better with younger and bigger. We don’t need his ‘name’.

    And those Canadian morons, just clueless. To the DETRIMENT of team morale, Torts did EVERYTHING to get this guy going. EVERYTHING!!! When it was obvious that he was clearly hurting his team (what, into half the regular season??), I am sure it was to Torts, too. He benched Gabby, trades Gabby, increases Richards time to 25 minutes a game for a few, decreases to 15. Moves him with Gabby and Nash (could you want more talent to try to get this slow, long contract soaker to play better???), then with others. Essentially he was moved everywhere with everyone and he just plain sucked.

    Aside from being an offensive liability, he was used on the PP point. He was the gate keeper to countless turnovers and missed opportunities. A big reason they were one of the worst PP’s in the league. When he was moved down low, he shot it 15 fee wide, missed the net, was abysmal in connecting with passes. Slow and pressured.

    But worst was his meltdown on defensive coveragel Whenever on the ice, Henrik was opened up to get blasted by opposition shots. Mr. Commotion is what I dubbed him.

    Sorry, to the Canadian press. You guys speak without watching. You speak without investigation. You speak incorrectly on this one.

    Torts did the right thing. Only, it was much later than it should have been. Torts was a good friend to the end. His team may have taken a big toll from it, however.

  24. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    We need a win boys. Tough up and bring it home!!!!

    LGR!!! LGR!!! LLGR!!!!!!

  25. Czechthemout!!! on

    If the idiot Canadian hockey people are so up in arms aboot a clearly deserved scratch, why dont they prod one of their Canuck teams to call Sather and perhaps trade us a top prospect like McD and a number 1 draft pick, eh? Maybe we can throw in MDZ and get a second round pick as well, eh? MdZ is a good Canadian boy too.

  26. Actually, all of you are spot on. I thought I was the only offended by the non NY media’s reaction.

  27. Czechthemout!!! on

    Hey, maybe we can trade Bad Brad to the beloved Leafs for JVR or Phil Kessel eh?

  28. Czechthemout!!! on

    How aboot Bad Brad to the Canucks for Ryan Kessler eh? Kessler is an arrogant American. Plus they need some offense and Kessler is more of a Torts type player . What aboot it, eh?

  29. Czechthemout!!! on

    How aboot Bad Brad and MDZ, two beloved Canadian boys for Kessler the arrogant American ad Alex Edler the soft Swede eh?

  30. Wildplaces….since you asked

    Torts loyalty to Richards is admirable and understandable, but as Coach and leader, it is also flawed. Yes, they went through the wars together and Richards was his guy in Tampa. I’ve heard Torts say in the past that he felt Richards got the shaft big time when Tampa dumped him after he signed a big contract. But the reality is, Torts is wrong for letting that affect his judgment about the utility of the player on this team. The nobility of his loyalty aside, Torts decision to continue to trot out Richards ( no pun intended) in critical situations ultimately jeopardized team success.

    Richards is where he belongs, on the sidelines and IMO, he and his quasi supporters ( or are they really more Torts haters?) have no legitimate beef with that decision. As we have been screaming for weeks now, Torts finally acted as the leader and coach of everyone. He made a decision in the interests of the greater good of the team. Unfortunately, it may be too late to have an impact or make a difference in the outcome.

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I can’t believe Richards got scratched eh? Maybe torts should go and scratch himself, eh!

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ole ole ole ole ole ole ole. What time do the habs, sens, jets, leafs, and nucks play next, eh?

  33. Czechthemout!!! on

    Da Canuck media is aboot supporting Boston tonight because bad Brad got Scratched, EH?

  34. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Czech – abowt your last post eh? Let’s have a cold one and sit in the woods eh? And watch snow melt, eh? Maybe go shoot some elk, eh?

  35. You guys worry too much about what the media thinks. Folk them. We know the deal. We don’t need no stink-in pundits.

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Canada teams eh? Ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole. I hope they play Richards, eh? He deserves to play eh? It’s abowt winning eh?

  37. Czechthemout!!! on

    Pierre Mcguire will speak to Tory Krug’s microphone before the game aboot his shot, EH?

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Czech – I am ice fishing and hunting moose as I type this eh? Them overin the states have to buy food in stores. Not here. Hang on eh? I see a moose *bang bang* effin eh, I missed, eh?

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My hands are frozen eh? Been ice fishing almost a week, eh and not caught anything, eh? I guess this puddle must be bone dry eh? Need to shoot an elk, eh?

    Brad Richards is good player, eh? Should be in the lineup eh? Who is this lil fella torts anyway? Does he speak for the organ-eye-zation, eh?

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole

    Think I’ll have another Bradour… Best beer ever, eh?

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Craig Button is a good hockey man eh? If he says Richards should play – he must be right – I forget – but how many cups did he win eh? When he was GM? I think it was almost one, eh?

    But almost only counts when you are shooting elk, eh?

  42. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I will forget the time I locked myself owt of my house all winter. I was frozen solid, eh? That taught me a lesson, tho, eh? It taught me when I get locked owt, to have a spare set inside the house, eh?

  43. Jack Klompus on

    What’d you find about those on those Canadian teams Carpy? That’s the type of investigative journalism I come here for!

  44. Great quote from Teddy Roosevelt last night about the Penguins: “I hope they don’t bill us for the clinic.”

  45. Czechthemout!!! on

    Hey, how aboot this. Lets trade Pierre McGuire, a wanna be Canadian,eh? For Sean Avery , a self hating Canadian. EH?

  46. Darren Dreger ?@DarrenDreger 10m
    Hockey Canada federations vote in favor of removing bodychecking from Pee Wee hockey, coast to coast in Canada.

    PANSIFICATION.

  47. Czechthemout!!! on

    Ex3 can do some ice fishing there before he checks oot the games and afterwards can go oot and catch him some dinner, EH?

  48. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hockey is our sport eh? Them there in the states dont know nuthin, eh?

    I need to change my muffler on my big gas guzzling truck eh? Hang on, first I have to start her up and get it hot, eh?

  49. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hey, anyone goin to the Rush concert tonight, eh? Now those boys can rock ouwt, eh?

  50. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Can’t believe game 5 and no brad, eh? That’s like christmas dinner without squirrel, eh?

  51. McLean said that about his teams performance? Torts would be crucified for that, but I like it.

  52. Norm Merton on

    Richards is a proven good-to-great NHL’er with nothing to prove. He’s been in a horrendous slump, and Tortorella benched him in response to the effectiveness of the Bruins 4th line and the relative ineffectiveness of the Richards-Kreider-Asham experiment. Back to wall, Tortorella chose to try to shut down an opponent’s fourth line, an embarrassing but necessary admission that he could no longer choose to attack it. That left Richards no role but the PP, where all he has done is to get the puck in the zone and help move it, most effectively when placed on the edge of the umbrella. But he did nothing as far as the final pass or shot was concerned and became expendable there as well. The PP looked a little better last game, but more to do with McD’s inclusion than Richards exclusion, IMO. Some Boston media is having some fun with the idea of Richards being the 13th forward option or that Tortorella thinks Newbury’s a better hockey player, but that’s just willfully obnoxious homer stuff — it’s Torts’ 4th line tactic. The only spot for Richards now is in for Zook, and that would be undeserved. I’d gamble on Richards’ pedigree, that his game or part of it might come back to him — more likely than Newbury suddenly figuring it out — but keeping him on the bench is much the safer bet.

    That said, the current line-up needs to start the game today playing about twice as hard and as well as they did in the last game. Rask and Chara are not likely to be as charitable today, and a 2-0 deficit will not be overcome in Boston. I hope they don’t try to out-grind them on the boards, to try to beat them at their own game, and that “skate”, “pass” and “shoot” are the words of the day, not “jam”.

  53. eddie eddie eddie on

    Norm – how art thou wrong? let me count the ways. But, I would get carpal tunnel syndrome if I addressed even one of your points as it would take me days to type it…

  54. Norm Merton on

    Oh, Eddie, Eddie, Eddie, don’t be lazy, lazy, lazy. I’m keen to hear your zany ideas!

  55. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Norm – 1) torts chose to “not attack the 4th line” because Richards tripped over the blue line, fumbled the puck like it was a hot tater, or passed it to a Bruin whenever he tried to makes play.

    2) Brad had the 2nd most ice time pp cumulative ice time. And whether he played the point, in which case he couldn’t keep the simplest pass in the zone, or down low where he would just give the puck away or shoot wide by 10 feet – he was atrocious.

    3) he didn’t back check, can’t throw a check, can’t complete a pass, or even stand up without falling down.

    Norm, this isn’t 2004. It’s 2013 and your love of all things Brad is touching…. But your love alone is not enough reason to play him….I’m playing an IM from Serbia right now, otherwise, I’d type more…

  56. Foregt aboot it boys….just relish that Bradley is not playing and that gives us a shot to win and play again another day,

  57. ThisYearsModel on

    I am a proponent of the impossible………a new coach next year. With that being said, nobody had more chances than Brad Richards this season. Nobody. Torts cannot be blamed for picking on Richards. These clowns like MacLean and Button are trolling for headlines and hits. It is easy for them to trash a US based team with an American coach picking on the poor, nice Canadian boy. There were signs of the deterioration in Richards’ game last year, and he came on in the playoffs. This year…..a lot of nothing. I would really like to know why. Physical? Mental? Rift on the team? It has to something more than a guy who suddenly became incapable of playing.

  58. Norm Merton on

    Goodness, Eddie, are your knuckles aching? And I’d love to add, “Well argued”, but saying Richards Sucks, three times, is a mere recitation of this blog’s membership motto. Sorry, but all you get for that post is a gold medal for group-think. Surprised it took you so long.

  59. eddie eddie eddie on

    norm – he sucks…im playing chess…..and i dont multi-task well….

    do you even watch the games?

    He really sucks

  60. Norm Merton on

    Eddie, when I watch the game, I notice what’s actually going on out there, rather than looking for black-and-white characterizations of players so I can enjoy piling on in the schoolyard. Sure, I have noticed Richards’ slump, and who hasn’t? But I also note his good plays when he makes them, unlike anyone else on this blog save Carp. Is it a reasonable decision to bench him? Absolutely. Is it something the coaches need to stick with no matter what, when they watch the game tapes? Not if they’re real coaches.

  61. Norm, while I don’t disagree, I think he’s now done here … because of the coming buyout. can’t have him get hurt.

  62. I bet everybody around here is really nervous about their precious Blackhawks possibly being eliminated tonight…

  63. eddie eddie eddie on

    norm – for every “good” play he makes, me makes 20 that are bad…..he butt belongs on the bench….this is the time for players to get ice time based on merit…and brad is where he should be…..upstairs watching…

  64. Norm Merton on

    The buy-out business is completely different, and in a perfect world where all that matters is winning each game, Richards (or Miller or Powe or anyone else) has to be a consideration if they’re lucky enough to win again. The safe move, though, is to keep sitting him.

  65. eddie eddie eddie on

    norm – have you ever counted how many times Brad simply falls down in a game? or is unable to keep the puck in at the point, or just gives it away at the slightest hint of pressure? He sucks. Au Revoir Brad

  66. E3…you may be too worldly for this blog…you speak multiple languages and play chess!

  67. eddie eddie eddie on

    FLAranger – i just dropped a pawn…..and my position is tenable at best…

  68. Manny, I actually pissed at myself that I picked the hawks in 6 even though I know that the redwings and there organization have a track record of a winning franchise. I should have known better and I actually told a friend before the playoffs started that either the pens or the hawks were going to get picked off by like a dope I picked the hawks and pens in the Stanely cup.

  69. eddie eddie eddie on

    Fla – i speak english, canadian, pig latin, bits of french, german, spanish, and japanese…

  70. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    BUYOUT makes good $en$e.. $till a boatload of Ca$h but doe$ free $ome cap roomand ro$ter $pot.

  71. You could be the most interesting man in the world when the current one dies.

  72. eddie eddie eddie on

    i sell water to the ocean

    the sun worships me

    when i walk, my feet dont touch the ground

    stay thirsty my friends…

  73. The Most Interesting Man…”Find that thing that you don’t do well….and then don’t do that thing!

  74. eddie eddie eddie on

    my position is much better….a result of an error…i was busted…but now have life….can i draw?

  75. These clowns are going to get obliterated tonight.

    and now I will watch the Bundesliga … I mean, Champions League Final.

  76. eddie eddie eddie on

    let me animate, seal your fate, go on a date, dont be late, checkmate, mr. slate, never hate, mr. tate…..on bewitched, never snitched, agnes moorhead, is dead, pencils are lead, spoon fed, jethro and jed…

    boyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  77. Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers fighting over Tebow and Richards.

  78. eddie eddie eddie on

    ranger goal, his first of the playoffs, and first as a NY Ranger…#28…Kris Newbury…..

  79. Norm Merton on

    Lollipop for Papa Bear, first teeth joke of the day, and a good one! Let the games begin. Brad Richards has above-average length to his teeth, and given that he has been benched, it is appropriate that we maximize the number and variety of ways of noting that his extra-big teeth make him look different than other people whose teeth are not as large as his.

  80. 4 get the goals from line 4. . Thornton will come calling tonight early in the game. Haley or Newberry need to engage.

  81. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Norm, are you serious? Have you been watching Richards play ALL year? Are you for real?

  82. eddie eddie eddie on

    You wont believe me, but I just saw Richards’ teeth when i looked out my window…

  83. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    E3, your defense of Tort’s benching of Richards is indefensible, according to the Canadian National Media.

  84. wont be blogging during game today. going to dads house to watch. his internet connection is from the stoneage. 530 faceoff in my house with a 2 year old is brutal. if i want piece and quiet need to go elsewhere

  85. Torts revealed himself to be Ultra Brite and very Sensodyne in Scope re: his eulogy to Rich.

  86. Norm Merton on

    Matty, thanks, I had almost forgotten you were with Eddie in the mindless repetition of Richards Sucks. You have everyone on your side, so look over each shoulder, smile, and let it rip: Rich-Ards Sucks! Rich-Ards Sucks! Rich-Ards Sucks! It’s what being a fan is all about.

  87. aii i ask for today with 10 mins to go in 3rd period we still be in the game meaning no worse then a goal down.

  88. Torts: “I love you, Richie”

    Richards: “Thanks, coach. Hey coach, you think I can play tonight?”

  89. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Guys, last night’s blog, from about 5-7 pm should be published. I starting reading it at about 11:30 and was laughing so loud my wife threw her pillow at me and told me to get out!!

    Uncontrollable!! Thanks!!!

  90. eddie eddie eddie on

    Norm – Brad is bad, dont be sad, never mad, only glad, he has money, dont be funny, eggs are runny, whose your honey?…is it 19, a beauty queen, heaven’s dream, that’s obscene, meat is lean….no fat, that be that, score a hat…trick….

    boyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  91. Normie, nowhere does it say that by being a fan you are obligated to root for a player making $12M who is lazy, incompetent, clueless, and taking a roster spot of someone who may be able to contribute in a positive way.

  92. eddie eddie eddie on

    there are tooth reasons why Brad should sit:

    1) he sucks
    2) he really sucks

  93. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Norm, not at all. But if you go to the games, as I do (do you even watch? how long have you been watching?) it has been obvious the guy had no clue from the midpoint of the season. His lack of discipline on defense led to countless goals and odd-man rushes. Open men in front of the net. His lack of speed has been more obvious this year than in the past. And, what he was brought here for was to add to the offense. Remember, he gets paid $6m a year (plus those ridiculous bonuses) for the next 40. And after one year his game has slipped into oblivion.

    Those of us that noticed how much he was hurting the team are not alone. The last game he played on his last and once again futile PP, he was jeered and boo-ed.

    I think Torts did the right thing by benching him, Pathetic as he is, to have your 17000 home fans boo-ing you during the game the team you are paid to and supposed to be leading, is not good for one’s emotions.

    He may be a nice guy. He got an off the charts deal. He wasn’t prepared for the season and he deserves what he gets.

  94. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Richards went from first line, to second, to third, to fourth, and he sucked at all of them. Quickest demise since Drury. or Holik. or Driver.

    You name ’em, we’ve had ’em.

  95. eddie eddie eddie on

    JR – “norm – all these bloggers are stupider than Engblom, Richards doesnt deserve the benching as a result. show me someone who isnt what they are supposed to be…especially during the game…..I played the game”

  96. eddie eddie eddie on

    funny thing is tho…. if richards’ chompers were on holik’s head, they would look like chickletts

  97. eddie eddie eddie on

    is that a grove of white birch trees?….oh never mind, brad just smiled….

  98. eddie eddie eddie on

    three things you never want to see…

    1. A great white shark as you swim in the ocean
    2. a hungry lion on the prowl and it notices you..
    3. Brad coming at you, mouth wide open, eyes closed….

  99. Norm Merton on

    Thanks, Matty, for those sweeping and inaccurate observations about the Rangers’ third-leading scorer in the regular season. Yes, it’s fun to say he’s cost us countless goals, he can’t stand up, and he gives the puck away every time he’s under pressure, but it’s just not true. He has had a poor year by his standards, and an even worse playoffs, especially following his relegation to the 4th line. He deserves to be benched, and he needs to be considered to play if the Rangers get ridiculously lucky again today, though not if they play a strong game and win.

  100. Richie almost getting as much air time as our early season favorite, Wang.

  101. And down the stretch they come, Richie and Wang, neck and neck, it ‘s gonna be a close one.

  102. eddie eddie eddie on

    brad’s mouthpiece, as a flotational device, could have saved every body on the titanic

  103. Norm Merton on

    Papa! Lazy, incompetent and clueless? Just because you know nobody will object to such drivel in this feeding frenzy doesn’t make it right to throw it out there. Make a tooth joke — more your speed.

  104. Joey Kocur to Richards: “I sure could use that big middle tooth. You sure you need it?”

  105. eddie eddie eddie on

    JR – “norm – dont let these stupidest people agree with them. What torts has done is an adomination”

  106. You See Norm. When I try to have serious back and forth and express my opinion, you become nasty and hurtful. I’m very disapointed.

  107. Norm Merton on

    Oh, poor Papa. I call you on your classless, “lazy, incompetent and clueless”, and now your feelings are hurt? Take it if you’re going to dish it out. You have abnormally big teeth, Bear.

  108. eddie eddie eddie on

    JR – “Torts needs to acclimate himself to how to win game 5. If he thinks that its best for the team to saturate under the proportion of what could be the final nail in the coffin, then the purpose of the estimatory is to get to a game 6″

  109. eddie eddie eddie on

    norm – honestly, if you woke up in the middle of the night and brad was inches away from your face…teeth fully extended, exposed, and ready to to chomp…..please tell me how you wouldnt have a heart attack on the spot?

  110. eddie eddie eddie on

    Brad’s next cavity will cause a run on the silver market akin to the Hunt brothers circa late 70’s

  111. Norm, you can’t be a serious Ranger fan if you want Richards in the line-up. And, my dentist says my teeth are a perfect size.

  112. It’s kind of funny because many players that log heavy minutes, and tough minutes, are referred to as a “horse.” But with Brad, it’s not a compliment.

  113. eddie eddie eddie on

    JR – “you cannot overexpose the influence someone like a brad richards has on the room. There are leaders and there are leaders. Both types can lead”

  114. Zuccs has been given short shrift here today. Tortellini should put him on the Pasta Play.

  115. eddie eddie eddie on

    JR – “i cannot get how Engblom has a job. He must be stupider than all humans combined. I once asked him a question, and he didnt even know the answer”

  116. eddie eddie eddie on

    JR – “the key for the rangers will be how fastidious they play. By coming out and scoring either the first or second goal, the bruins will know what’s going on”

  117. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Richards hat trick at the end of the regular season made Hagelin’s goal last game look Gretzky-esque!!

  118. Easy with the short jokes Coos. We don’t want to upset Normie more than we already have. Better keep it on the track .

  119. JR: “Zucarella is unkempt and a total embellishment to the NHL. Doesn’t he even own a comb?

  120. Norm Merton on

    Papa, I promised some snotty put-downs yesterday after the toothfest, and I have made good. Pompous moralizing now over, I will answer your questions. I think the Rangers, on the strength of their last game, need to gamble to win this game, that they have no chance other than a Lundqvist miracle to beat the Bruins at their own grinding game, that they need all the skill they have at their disposal. I would have gambled on Richards rather than Newbury, but it is entirely reasonable for Tortorella not to have taken that risk. Richards is not a bad player, he’s just a once-great player who makes — ooh, Bayern just scored — occasional good plays that players like Newbury don’t even know about.

    As to my bona fides, my first Ranger game was on a school night, when a teacher took me and friend to see the triple-OT Stemmer game vs. the Hawks. I thought that’s the way Rangers hockey would always be, so, yeah, I got it bad.

  121. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Richard’s hat trick at season’s end was the worst hat trick ever. Norm, given the second assists he was given and the brutality of his ‘I was in the right place at the right time playing crap teams with AHL goalies’, he was, indeed, BY STATISTIC, our 3rd leading scorer.

    What is your point, son?

  122. eddie eddie eddie on

    Gary Bettman – “and now for the presentation……here is the car seat and the Stanley Cup”

  123. eddie eddie eddie on

    Norm – that was a great game…listened to it on radio……did you stay till the end?

  124. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Well, then, you have been around Norm. Hard to believe more logic didn’t sink in, unless you were only half watching this season. As on who watched every game and, sadly, watched some again taped, it was beyond obvious Richards should have been benched long, long ago.

    That being said, I agree that we need Hank to win it for us today. I believe the Bruins will throw the kitchen sink at us. We have not been able to control the front of either net. I don’t know how Hank can keep the floodgates from opening.

    He is, however, the best goalie alive…and we do have…..THE HAMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  125. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    If the Bruins lose today, look for a game 7 in 4 days. You heard it here.

  126. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Kenny Albert: “And Richards shoots, ….He MISSED the net to the left side (again) by 3 feet…….it caroms off the boards, …hits Dan Ellis’ skate…and…..IT”S IN….That’s a goal!!!!! Brad Richards with….uh…..a little help from his friends….and the Rangers have scored”.

    Yes, Norm, 3rd leading scorer. Yes, $6M and multiple bonuses.

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