The New York Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins by the score of 2-1, tonight. The Bruins now lead the series 3-0. For a box score visit Yahoo! Sports.
...in a game that the Rangers had to have, it just wasn't enough. Not enough offense. Not enough defense. Not enough toughness. Not enough forecheck. Not enough passion. Not enough jam. Which is absolutely unacceptable in a contest of this magnitude.
...yeah great, Nash tries hard and gives a good effort. Whatever. He was brought in here to score and with eight minutes to go in the third period he had the game on his stick he couldn't deliver. And if that wasn't enough, the hockey gods gave him a chance to redeem himself with a golden opportunity to tie it late and he buried it right into Rask who didn't even have to move.
...i love Hank and he can stop the puck with the best of them, but he could be the worst puck handling goaltender in the history of the NHL. He is completely at fault for the Bruins first goal. Having said that, the Rangers don't even have the lead at that point without him.
...tough break for Kreider with the high stick, as he was real noticeable when Torts put him on a line with Brassard and Nash. Too bad Torts didn't think of that combination earlier in the playoffs.
...Zuccarello looking more like the guy who played for the Rangers the last two years instead of the one from the last two months.
...kudos to Dorsett for at least attempting to stir things up. Not sure I can remember a playoff series with less nastiness than this one.
...on that note, has Asham been a healthy scratch in this series? Boyle also. Don't think I've heard his name once during the broadcast of any games in this series.
...you mean, if you put a guy in front of the net, you can like score and stuff. No idea how the Rangers can see the Pyatt goal and not send a guy to the crease for the rest of the game.
...always fun to watch Stralman get squashed up against the glass like a bug by Lucic and absolutely no response. If he can't go in Game 4 could it be a return of Hamrtime? If so, the Rangers might as well just forfeit.
...in the words of Pierre McGuire, the Rangers power play is "UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!"
...in Game 3 of the Rangers Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Capitals last season, Brad Richards set up Gaborik's triple overtime winner while playing almost 40 minutes. Tonight pointless while playing just eight minutes. Seriously, what the eff happened to this guy?
...was hoping MSG would spook the young Bruins defensemen, instead it sounded like church inside MSG.
...did the NHL take high sticking out of the rule book before tonight's game?
...on a positive note, at least Girardi wasn't on the ice for five goals against.
...let's face it, the Bruins are just a better team. They're faster, tougher and deeper. And right now Torts and the Rangers have no answers.
...it was just two years ago that the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers, so at least there's that. Ah, who am I kidding, put a fork in this team, they're done.
Retartarella - One who doesn't have an effective power play scheme.
Rotate-arella- One who mixes and matches lines like a bag of chex mix
Hi everyone, it's my first post here though I have read the blog for some time. I didn't grow up playing hockey, and I actually learned the rules playing NHL '94 with my friends. My real interest developed during the '94 cup run, and it was so captivating that I became a consistent Ranger fan. I say all this because for the most part I can't comment on strategy. I don't readily see when players make mistakes or are out of position. I just don't view the game the same way a fan that has been steeped in the sport does.
I did, however, play basketball in college and have coached my children in various sports for over ten years. I CAN see desire or lack thereof. I CAN see fatigue. I CAN tell when a team has a sense of urgency and is ready to play. Last night I was as disappointed as I have been in a long time with this team, from the coaching staff on down. I could see it from the first minute spent by the Bruins in the Rangers zone in period one. They didn't have it. The worst part is, I think I would still be feeling this way if they had kept the lead and won 1-0.
Yes, from what I have seen the Bruins are the better team overall, but to come out last night like they did with so much on the line. It's just inexcusable, and makes me question the heart of the team - and that hurts way more than being bounced from the playoffs by a better team.
Just my two cents. Take it for what it is worth from this hockey noob.
Even thought it was merely stated as a side-note, I think it's PATHETIC how quiet the MSG crowd is during playoff games.
All the talk about how NY fans are the best, and most passionate in all of sports, well, if I was a person just getting into the sport of Hockey, and this playoff series was my first experience...watching two Original Six teams square off, I would be bored to tears.
Rangers fans should be ASHAMED of themselves. You would think this was a pre-season AHL game with that crowd. Look at ANY other NHL playoff series, and you will se REAL fans in the stands. Most other teams fans wear matching team colors, and wave towels and scream and cheer the entire game...not Ranger fans.
Granted, the Rangers don't give their fans much to be excited about for sure, but if you are going to fill an arena for a playoff game, make the most of it. Remember last year the chants going back and forth with Washington "We are louder". It's true...Ranger fans suck anymore.
I've said it all year. Torts and his system hasn't worked with this lineup and WILL NOT work with this lineup. All you loyal Torts guys need to let it go and understand that if this organization is truly going to continue to grow into a true contender, the system has to change to utilize the tools that it has on it's roster.. Just because he brought us to the ECF last year is not enough reason to give him a pass. Torts has done some good things here and for that he deserves credit but we should look at him as a stepping stone in the big picture.
He's stubborn to a fault and is the first to admit that he will not change his plan of attack, even after been out coached and out played by a much deeper, skilled team. Take a step back and look at his system. It's broken, and his refusal to adapt all year is why we are down 3 games.
His PP is broke.
His offensive strategy is broke.
His assistant coach is broke.
His line shuffling is broke.
His always dump and chase and grind it deep system is broke.
His defense-first approach is broke.
His ability to utilize an entire team is broke.
His ability to instill confidence in his players is broke.
His ability to nurture and utilize young talent is broke.
His judgement on player minutes is broke.
His Pressers are broke.
His respect for his own players is broke.
His respect for some of the icons in this organization (Sam) is broke.
This list goes on and on.
This dude is stuck in his ways and will never change. Hank deserves better. The team deserves better. We deserve better.
If you guys want him to stick around so we can squeeze into the playoffs by the skin of our teeth again to play this kind of hockey we aren't going to see the Cup for a very long time.. and don't give me the shortened season, no training camp bullshit, every team was in the same boat.
Torts is the common denominator here. End of story. Time for change.
A lot of talk here about "letting Hank go to a contender"...that's just absurd! Are the Rangers a charity organization that just want to see their players have happy careers, even if it means winning elsewhere.
That being said, while I never dreamed it to be possible in the past, given Hank's obvious frustration with the lack of support, for the first time I could actually see him bolt to another team IF the Rangers don't get their act together in the scoring department. He's clearly getting tired of losing when he gets his team to OT or giving up 2 goals and still losing. I still don't think it will happen, but it should be a concern for Sather and a catalyst to address the scoring deficiencies.
What is starting to scare me are the guys making the insane amounts of money on this team are not producing. And in the new NHL that really screws us. We can no longer bury bad contracts in the AHL and we have one more buyout. Brad Richard's contract looks terrible at this point. And while Nash is producing currently (playoffs excluded) his contract actually increases as he ages and his production most likely slows with that aging. With the salary cap dropping next year, we may have trouble resigning the players we need to resign to stay competitive. After what I saw this year, we need to bring back physicality and maybe add another goal scorer. Who am I kidding what we need to do is put our damn money in hiring a competent assistant coach to run the powerplay!
This is a team with too many players sick of Torterella's act. That's one of the reasons they've been out "everything."
Its insane to me on a team with two incredible leaders and competitors in Callahan and Hank that this team can come out flat and play with no heart. With leaders like that on a team guys are supposed to over perform not under perform. The only thing I can think of is that there is a divide in the locker room. Its not the system failing this team. its not management not getting enough talent, it is simply guys not giving enough effort and not having enough heart. That is bad for any team but it is unacceptable for the New York Rangers.
Kevin, Your post is as honest and accurate post you have written this season. I agree with you on everything . There is one more thing I'd like to add. If the Rangers to ever have a chance of winning the cup, The entire coaching staff must be fired emmidiately after the last game which will be most likely on Thursday.
Oh,and one more thing. Buy out Richards and trade Nash for Gaborik.
Anyone catch how during the timeout, Torts and Sullivan were writing notes - TO EACH OTHER? Not even talking to the players. Can anyone dispute the fact that the Rangers have been out coached in this series?
While the odds are against it, I have to believe there's a good chance Torts loses his job. Sather just doesn't have many other options to improve the team and change the dynamic. Beyond Del Zotto and Zucs, it's hard to imagine anyone on the roster getting traded in the off season.
And Glen saw the same series as the rest of us, heard Torts call out his players publicly, and watched the PP become a league-wide joke, and watched him fail to match lines against the 4th line in the 3rd.
We all know Torts has got to go. I think there's at least a 40% chance Glen wakes up to it.
one thing that i don't understand from a coaching perspective........with the score tied 1-1 and the rangers being severely outplayed at every aspect of the game the Bruins send on their fourth line. This line has controlled play pretty much every time on the ice. They control play by getting to every loose puck and winning every battle in the corners. Playing at home the Rangers have last change and can match up against the Bruins. Torts ends up putting a front line of Dorsett, Zuccarelo and Brassard. Dorsett i can deal with but how do you put out Zucc and Brassard, two of our smallest guys to go against those horses? I just dont understand the reasoning behind that. Well we all know what happened.......
this team doesn't want it. Their lack of passion and fight transcended into a silent garden w/ many people wondering what happened to our Eastern Conference finalist team of yesteryear. On offense we continue to make blind passes, force shots into defense men, take low quality shots (god forbid we shoot top shelf when we can put it right into the goalie pads), and the powerplay? Well i've bitched enough about that joke of a unit. I am absolutely terrified right now about how bad this team is playing without any concern, urgency or passion. I felt okay w/ last years elimination after a great season n a hard playoffs....plenty to be optimistic about. This team??? Where to start: I think tomorrow might well be Richards last time playing in the garden for this team.....could be torts' too. Hank is hurt which is why this team can't squeak out ugly wins vs the bruins and you have to start to wonder about him. How much more abuse is he willing to take for this team (he has suffered n played through some type of injury for the last 3 years at the end of the season) without winning a cup. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and at his window for a cup is starting to close. I'm praying he doesnt get the itch to look elsewhere for a chance. Scary times right now.
When the opposing teams 4th line produces more offense than your first line...well that's just one of a few issues we are dealing with this series.
Richards for Prust looks like a good off--season trade if the Habs are dumb enough to take his lack of anything and outrageous salary.
I know this is gonna get some hate, but I think the coaching staff needs to go. It worked with the team last year because that team was pure grit. We need more goals and our style of play doesn't lend itself to that. At the very least Sully needs to go.
Agreed. It looks like men against little boys scrambling in their own end trying to just get the puck out of their zone. Terrible.
I am so depressed today. At the end of last season I had so much hope for this team, but everything that made them great last year - the toughness, the passion, the dedication, the mutual support - seems gone. I don't understand what happened.
Poor Hank... he works so hard and still ends up with dropping stats. He deserves a better team than this.
Last night there were multiple times when all I could think was "when did these guys forget how to play hockey?" Its like they had absolutely no clue what to do with the Bruins, with the puck, or with each other, and I don't understand how that can happen. This is not the same team that beat the Caps. They're better than this.
Or at least, they should be. Maybe they're really not and they just get lucky. I dunno.
I hate to say it, but I just want this to be over.
How is it possible that the Rangers night in and night out seem to play without any skill? They don't pass. They don't skate. You can see such a huge disparity not just in the Bruins, but any other play off team (and most non-playoff teams) where players routinely are able to make stick to stick passes and skate through the neutral zone. The Rangers obviously have at least some skill players. So what is the issue? Is it the "system"?
I will forever be an optimist so as far-fetched as this sounds .. Looking for the Rangers to take the next 4 and advance. Gotta believe. What else can I say? Oh yeah .... Sullivan has to go or hire a PP coach, Torts needs to buy a mirror and look in it, every Rangers player should personally apologize to Hank and the following players need to go for next year: Richards, MDZ, Zuccarello, Eminger, Boyle, Asham and Pyatt. This team needs to get faster and harder to play against.
I LOVE the NYR...I have since 1972. But when it comes down to it this is entertainment. I have a family, surfing, rock-climbing, mountain biking and a lot of other things vying for my time, just like everyone else. I tuned out of the horrible Ranger years of the last (almost) two decades, until last year they showed me that at least they played with passion. Win, or lose, THAT was entertaining to watch. They will have a very short window to show me that they are worth my valuable time, or they will lose me (and others like me) again. Life is WAY too short to spend any amount of time at all CHOOSING to park your ass on a couch and be frustrated watching OTHER people do something fun, but without passion, or effort. THAT is not a good return on investment. So Sather....it's up to you....I am not THAT guy, the one who just gives you time and money. I am mot THAT fan. I am the fan you actually have to earn....and there are millions like me. Balls in your court...or, should I say the puck is in your net...b/c it is.
*step upon soapbox*
Bottom line. This team stinks.
There I said it.
I'm not going to pussyfoot around and say that "they're trying hard" or they "still can do it". No. This team is done and preparing to shuffle their feet on the 1st hole at Bethpage Black. There are so many reasons to their sad state of affairs (I'm not even going to mention the PP).
1. Richard$ will most likely suit up for the last time as a NYR. His tale of woe is so similar to other stars that have made their way through the hallowed streets of Broadway. His beefy salary seemed great at the time, but he's a shell of his former self. He looks lost out there, and his benching in the 3rd period is evident that the NYR brass are done with him. I'm sure he'll end up on another team and finish out his career just fine, but his time on Broadway is done.
2. This team desperately misses Mark Staal. Girardi and McD, while they are a replicant and Tough-Mudder poster boy respectively, cannot hold this defense together. I'm sorry, but del Zaster has zero defensive skill and it's come to the point that everytime he handles the puck, or someone bears down on him I'm just waiting for him to do something awful. Like Richard$ he's has flashes of brilliance, but seriously... the guy cannot play defense. Someone please, please, please work with him over the off-season and teach him the simple basics of playing defense. Perhaps not pinching in all the time? Perhaps not getting caught out of position 84% of the time? Perhaps learning how to block a shot and not roll around like a pig in his sty? Anything would do. I could see a Richard$/del Zaster trade package being mulled over right now during off season.
3. The big concern this season was how this team lost their grit. They threw a Band-Aid on that gaping wound with the acquisition of Clowe and Dorsett. Remember when Clowe had like 6 points in his first game? He's been an injury-prone failure with this team and I don't see the Rangers keeping him.
4. The lack of scoring has been an issue (weren't they supposed to fix this?). Nash has looked like that fish at the end of the Faith No More "Epic" video. If you haven't seen it go watch it and you'll get it. Quite simply, no scoring, no goals, no wins.
5. I feel absolutely horrible for Hank. If I were him, I would lambaste the entire team and pretty much make each of them babysit for his child over the summer. They have not helped him out at all. In this series or in the last series.
To Kevin Delury; "not enough jam", thats Torterrella speaking, please spare us...dont my fellow Ranger fans get it? This team has a borderline minor league lineup...Boyle, Delzotto, Zuccharello, Sauer, Wheres the depth?....I know you get excited because Hagelin can skate fast but I dont see much talent other than that....
The bigger, faster, tougher team is winning this series. The better coached team is winning this series a team with a game plan with creativity and execution of that game plan. Too bad it isn't the Rangers. The Rangers have a bunch of young players on the horizon, the organization needs to change their style of play of these kids who have been offensive players and have speed can't be wasted in a system that promotes grinding and shot blocking. Yes you do need grinders and shot blockers but not an entire roster of them. Just look at the Bruins, they may not get past the next round but doesn't every Rangers fan wish the team could roll 4 lines like they do? We roll 2 1/2 for the season! Every Brunis line has been effective of pinning the Rangers in their own zone for long stretchs at a time. The Rangers get a burst here and there but then the Bruins take over again. With the game on the line in the 3rd period last night the Bruins completely took over.
Bigger, faster, stronger, better coached and a solid game plan won, it wasn't the Rangers
@LosRangeros Retro-arella - who takes coaching strategy back to the stone age...
@fin_fang_foom Great job jumping in the comments section. Appreciate the insight.
@johnpnj Fans feed off the players. If they come out passionless and flat this is how the crowd will respond. We failed to give our fans anything to get excited about and that is why the building was quiet. We lost this game before it even began. Having said that our fans still need to provide a spark - miserable game all around
@Iron Mike well said i agree wholeheartedly.
@Iron Mike His refusal to consistently roll 4 lines is broke
@Iron Mike I've said it all year too friend - though the one thing I would add is that his system is good, but it needs to allow for modifications and adjustments. You cannot be static in a game that is alive and changing with every passing moment. Torts is a smart coach on paper but is clueless in the real world (see my comments below)
@gravey94 Agreed - build a team from the goalie out - one that can score as well as play gritty. Don't just surrender our King!
@scrangersfan You lost me on the last line there
@erichan Unfortunately, if Hank isn't a 100% healthy n standing on his head this team would not have beaten the Caps. His shoulder is a bigger issue than he is admitting and his game is being effected. But you are right, what difference does it make if posts 35+ saves if our allstar offense can't score
@KevinDeLury @fin_fang_foom Even when they got the 1st goal I could not get excited because I knew they were going to lose. They had "loser" in their eyes and looked like they were skating in mud (and actually the ice conditions were only one step above that). Boston has not impressed me, other than their ability to wear us down. If we had a coach that actually believed in strategy we could match these guys but to play a grinding dump and board-battle game against a team that is better suited for it is just unfathomable. I can't complain about our physical effort as far as hitting and battling goes, and at times we outplayed them the 1st 2 games (or at least broke even) but we are not as big and strong and we simply looked tired and defeated coming into last game. I'd expect and hope them to play with urgency and passion but maybe they were too tired and beaten down. It was the poorest effort of a season filled with poor efforts.
I agree. His system works with the right lineup i.e. last year's team, a team of gritty grinders who not only embody that style of hockey but embrace and believe in it. It simply doesn't work with this team and my biggest beef with Torts is forcing the same system on a team with a much different make and skillset. There are alot of things I admire about Torts but his ability to adapt and play to his team's strengths will never be one if them. I'd love to be proved wrong but sadly I'm not sure that's realistic. Doesn't seem like our team is buying it anymore.
What I meant was that I think Gaborik would have done more then Nash in the playoffs. Also being a wise ass.
@scrangersfan I have been a critic of Torts this year but would actually give him another year with a condition that he either brings in a different assistant coach or a third assistant coach to run the PP. What I meant by buying a mirror is that he needs to evaluate himself and his system and adapt it to the talent and skill he has. Great coaches do not force a system on players. Great coaches devise systems that cater to his players strengths while at the same time incorporating a sound, fundamental defensive style. This is what Torts needs to do. I would like to see what he can do with some of the kids the Rangers have coming up. I like that he's brought in the philosophy of building up the system. If he cannot do either of these two, then show him the door. It is beyond comprehension how an NHL team can have a power play look SO bad. I'm sick of hearing it's the players. Bullshit .... fact is the PP has sucked since before he was coach and still after he was named to coach. It's the scheme .. Plain and simple. Don't tell me the players are not running the PP like the coaching staff is telling them to. If they aren't then there are bigger issues here such as players tuning out the coaches. By no means am I saying or implying this is the case. I am simply stating that these players are running the PP the way this coaching staff has coached them to and it has been an annual disgrace!
@Iron Mike 1 more game to prove us wrong - your comments are exactly what I've been saying all season as well.
@Iron Mike and I do agree Torts will not adapt and I wish we could roll 4 lines alla boston ---please stop calling is the merlot line! just plain old stupid and when a line gets more minutes than your other 3 lines its not a 4th line anymore --stupid press!
@Iron Mike come on Mike not just you but were we all not just singing his praises after game 7 in wash. --lets just face the facts here--injuries killed us--depleted D-slumping richards -nash etc--and hey Boston is just a better team right now. Minus Hank no one was ready for this series.