Last week, I said that John Tortorella needed to change up the Rangers potpourri fourth line of Brad Richards, Chris Kreider and Arron Asham to a legit fourth line after they were completely owned by the Bruins trio of Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton in Game 1 of the series.
Well, it took the Rangers head coach three games, but he finally got it right when he assembled the physical trio of Michael Haley, Kris Newbury and Derek Dorsett to compete against the Bruins fourth line.
And it seemed to work, as Campbell, Paille and Thornton were held scoreless in Game 4 after combining for 2g, 4a and a +8 in the first three games.
Here's Haley on what made them effective (via Blueshirts United)...
“We want it to be physical. Newbs, Dorss and I have a smiliar game. That’s our bread and butter, and we want to establish that every chance we get.”
Henrik Lundqvist also acknowledged the spark they provided...
“They did a great job coming in. They did exactly what we hoped [the change] would do. I’m happy to see that.”
Howie Kussoy has more on the impact of the fourth line in the New York Post.
...from their first shift, the Rangers new fourth line was looking to hit anything that moved and mix it up with the Bruins fourth line, who were not challenged physically by the Rangers up until that point. They didn't get a ton of playing time, but when they did I felt they were making a positive impact on the game and gave the Blueshirts the spark they desperately needed.
...while the Bruins fourth line smartly backed away from any and all challenges in Game 4 as to not provide the home team with any morsel of momentum, I think you might see them accept some of those invitations tonight.
Here's Newbury post practice yesterday...
To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.
This article is so out of touch with the pulse of the NYR:
"Ron MacLean: Rangers' Brad Richards deserved better"
I think this could be our 4th line next year. 2 no names and one Sean Avery Brandon Prust hybrid. I like it. scrap Asham and have a fight to the death for the spots that aren't healthy scratches. send a message. the rangers are no longer a place to come and die. you wanna take it easy? there's 18 grinders in connetecutt that want your spot. http://youtu.be/VmJqPA5Vnj0
The older Ranger fans know what I mean when I say this lets hope Newberry is the new Bobby Sheehan & like Sheehan buries a couple.
@TheNYRBlog Call me crazy, but I am expecting a game 6.
Eric, I saw guys actually attempting to spark the team by hitting Bruins and starting fights. What else were you expecting from them? And fourth lines always take penalties because of their aggressiveness. Don't want to take that away.
Just wondering, if the Flyers buyout Briere, any chance the Rangers go after him, if they buyout Richards?
That would be a sweet second line... Briere-Stepan-Callahan, just want to hear your thoughts
Oh, and BTW, the 4th line was horrible the other day. Did you like the goalie interference Richards replacement had? They scored on that PP too. Don't know what you were watching.
We only won because of very unlikely, and costly mistakes from The Bruins. Look, I am no Boston fan, and I love my Rangers, but we just don't have the horses. If Staal was healthy, and Richards didn't disappear, things would be different. But they are not. Does anyone really think we could get past Pittsburgh anyway?
Should also note that Newbury had a couple of solid shots on goal last game and Dorsett in previous games has come up with a few solid chances himself. I wouldn't be surprised if that line put one in at some point.
@TheNYRBlog if rangers jump out to early lead it will be a a nasty fight filled game. if bruins take the lead they wont fight
Ur not I think Rangers win today. This is my last positive post. Gotta go negative it worked last game sooooooo gotta continue.
@Josh6 I wonder who will be looking to snap up Richards at a discount. These buy outs are interesting because they tend to be over paid players but not always completely washed up. They are still paid by heir old team so they don't need to make the money grab. Will be interesting.
@Josh6 "Too small" :p
@Josh6 Yeah, with all his concussions Briere would fit in quite nicely on the Rangers.
@EdwardRFiliks @TheNYRBlog I think we are in for a few fights before anyone hits the back of the net. Each team will be looking to set a physical tone from the opening faceoff. Get your popcorn ready this will be a great game!
I think Briere is done but if there are no better options & he is not blocking anyone's progress then he might be worth a year deal.