via Paul Cuthbert at Hockey This Week.
After last night's demoralizing 2-1 loss to the Bruins, which put the Rangers in the unenviable position to come back from a 3-0 series hole, Brian Boyle tried to remain positive (via ESPN.com)...
"We’ve got more hockey to play. We’re not done by any means."
...ummm Brian, yes you are.
...i can take a loss knowing the Rangers put forth their best effort. No shame in losing to a talented Bruins team, but the lack of emotion and heart with the season literally on the line was beyond disappointing.
...i've defended Torts a whole bunch on this blog, but for the Rangers to come out as flat as they did is inexcusable and falls directly at the feet of the Rangers head coach. Torts is a coach who's always gotten his players to dig down deep in the big spots, but it's just not happening in this series.
Here's post game video from last night...
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You can check a guys face into the boards. Its not a headshot, its not boarding, its not anything punishable...whatever.
I live in DC & take Amtrak yo many ranger games. I missed last night; I have ticket for game 6 - boy that was not too smart; luckily they take refunds.
It ain't over yet. Sometimes when you have a "nothing to lose" mentality you loosen up and all the sudden play better as a team. This team is good enough to beat B 4 in a row and it could happen. I may also get hit by lightning today but point is it ain't over till it's over.
Where were the Blueshirt Faithful at MSG last night??? The Garden was SILENT, even in the beginning of the game. I could not believe how quiet it was!!! I don't know what the reason was, but the best I could think was that the "real" fans cannot afford the second-round ticket prices and MSG was instead, filled with stuffed-shirt corporate types that were handed a ticket to the game. That's sad!!!
This team does not respect nor respond to Torts. After Torts called them out in the Buffalo loss earlier in the year -they went on a tailspin & got walloped in the next few games. Torts calls out Hags & the team revolts. They only respond to HANK, he plays a brilliant Game 6 vs the caps & the team scores 5 goals in Game 7.
Has there ever been a goalie coach??Hank for coach!
AM I the only one who thinks Boyle is done in NY? The guy has been more invisible and worthless than The Bankrupt Invisible Man
So with Kreider and Stralman going down last night does that mean Gilroy and Bickel get in the lineup Thu night? If I was going to tomorrow's game I would ask for a refund. This is by far one of the most disappointing Rangers teams in recent history.
Pretty tired of all the pessimism I'm hearing. We can't win if the faithful have no faith. It looks bad but I support our team, maybe if you are going to throw in the towel before the last buzzer you should quit your blog too
That Brian Boyle meme is hilarious.
It is hard feeling bad for a guy making more than 6 million dollars a year, but, I do feel bad for Lundqvist, he's gotta feel perplexed at how inept his team has been. In my opinion, the blame squarely falls on Torts, if for nothing else, other than the ridiculously bad power play. There is no reason for a team with Richards, Nash, Callahan is this horrible on the man advantage. The team seems to lack the jump, especially in the third, Torts' reluctance to roll 4 lines (whether justified or not) is crippling the team.
If the Rangers get swept, I just wanna see Lundqvist grab the puck, skate it down, and throw it in to the other net.
Boyle is a good skilled player. Yes he doesn't use his size like we want him to but he will defend his players and give his body once ina while. We need a guy tjat will drop the gloves like Graves and Buke did for players and we miss that from Prust. Boyle is right though, till that handshake line is formed at center ice this season is NOT over! Believe in Blue
Funny thought here, but EA sports did have us winning this round in 7 games, so first off try to imagine that.... But that is not the funniest part.... They then have us sweeping who we play in the next round.... that is how you know what they were saying is completely illogical
when people say Boyle has been useless, don't watch every game, that guy plays with heart more than anyone except for cally. we need a miracle on ice. look it can be done. but will it??
Not a Boyle fan, pretty soft for a guy his size, but has been one of the better players in the playoffs.
I really don't think it's lack of effort or heart. It's skill. Bruins have more of it all the way through their line up. They're bigger, faster, better at forechecking, passing and face-offs. We have some better individual players, but they just have a better team, the vast majority of whom have played together as a unit for some time and, you know, won a Stanley Cup. I love (most of) our guys, but they just can't keep up with a team like the Bruins when they're on their game (which they have been after being scared by Toronto in the first round).
The only thing right i thought Torts did last night, was even when we were down to 10 forwards because Kreider and Hagelin went to the locker room, he kept Richards benched because he is the worst player on the team, and quite honestly in the NHL
you guys are kidding right? Boyle is one of the few players who actually plays with heart. he gives it all every shift. if we lose him we're going to miss him bad. just like we miss Prust. ok i agree he isn't as skilled as other players. But in no way would I ever give up Boyle.
@PsychJukebox I can only imagine what the Rangers would've been like if they had managed to pick up Lucic in the 2nd round of that draft..
Oh, it's over.
Don't wish you ill at all, but at this point I think the odds are better that you get struck by lightning... I'd be more than happy to eat crow though!
@ShreddyMercury Co-sign. Boyle sucks, softest big man in the league. His nickname should be 2-ply, charmin, or pop tart cause he is soft in the middle.
@ShreddyMercury The Brian Boyle situation is a very interesting one. On one hand he's pretty solid in the faceoff circle, and when he actually wants to skate he is effective; however, I think he needs to be on a line with faster players. Boyle with Prust and Fedotenko was an effective line for example. Sucks we lost those 2 in the off season.
@ShreddyMercury Boyle is a valuable 3rd/4th line grinder with fantastic size and, most importantly, talent in the faceoff circle. Not only that, but, since he, Pyatt and Dorsett got together, his line has been the Rangers' most consistent in this series.
While I doubt you are the only one who thinks he is done in NY, I do disagree with you.
@ATCRyan Hamrlik time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@ATCRyan We have Clowe, Staal, Kreider, Stralman all are injured.... with those 4 in the lineup all series I really feel we are better than 0-3 here
@Josh6 If the Rangers win this round, they will absolutely sweep their way to the Cup.
@rangermom Keep up this rational thinking and your going to get yourself banned from this blog.
@rangermom I hear what you're saying. But they should have been flying from the drop of the puck and the first minute and a half they were pinned in their zone. No jump to their step at all.
Krieder and Stralman have basically played the whole series so it really comes down to Clowe and Staal and I still think Rangers would be down 3-0 if we had them. Maybe the Rangers don't give up 5 goals in game 2 with Staal but the real problem has been the offense. Clowe might have made a difference but its not like theyd be averaging 4 goals a game just because Clowe was in the lineup
@KevinDeLury @rangermom Well, when the other team is faster and better at forechecking than your team is, it looks like we have no jump and we get stuck in their end for hours at a time. But yes, I agree that, in addition to the skills thing, the Bruins are clearly on a mission and have the fire and the killer instinct that we lack. Better coaching and more skill/depth is the answer (easier said than done).