The New York Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins by the score of 4-3 in overtime, tonight. The Bruins lead the series 3-1. For a box score go to Yahoo! Sports.
...obviously coming back from 0-3 deficit is a near impossible task, but when you see what happened to Rask on the Hagelin goal, you have to wonder if there's a little magic going on here for the Rangers.
...it only took three games, one and a half periods and a Rask tumble, but the Rangers finally remembered how you have to play to win in the playoffs. While it was truly baffling to see the Rangers, again, begin the game with zero emotion, I loved the desperation in the third period and overtime.
...so wait, if you don't bury Kreider on the fourth line, he actually plays well? Amazing how that happens.
...i've been killing Nash for not scoring in the playoffs, but he was in full beast mode tonight. Easily his best game of the playoffs.
...they didn't play much, but I absolutely loved what the fourth line brought to the table tonight. Forechecking, hitting and basically making the Bruins fourth line look like little bitches as they backed down from every invitation to dance.
...who knew the answer to the Rangers power play woes was Brian Boyle?
...seriously, is there anything sweeter than watching Stepan pick Chara's pocket like that?
...wait, Hamrlik ended up with an assist and was a +1? I don't even remember him being on the ice once after that delay of game penalty.
...Callahan has had a very uncharacteristically low key series, but his seven hits tonight reminded us how important he is to this team.
...i guess Richads should get used to view from the press box. Although, with Zuccarello being as equally non-existent in this series, I wouldn't mind seeing the Rangers alternate captain taking the Hobbit's spot on the third line. Having said that, don't ever mess with success.
...Lundqvist hasn't been bad in the series, but man he's given up some bad goals. Guess I can't complain too much when the Rangers would be scheduling exit interviews tomorrow instead of boarding a flight to Boston without him.
...Sather should be named GM of the Century for somehow getting McDonagh for Gomez. If he could add some offense to his game instead of just crashing into opponent's goaltenders he'd be in the conversation with Leetch and Park for greatest Rangers defenseman.
...Hits - Rangers: 40, Bruins: 24. Not always about the team with the most skill folks, it's about the team who wants it most.
...thought Rask was shaky at best tonight, so as a Rangers fan you have to hope his confidence has been rattled and it carries over to Game 5.
...the Rangers march towards history continues Saturday in Boston at 5:30pm.
he'd be in the conversation with Leetch and Park for greatest Rangers defenseman.
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Kevin ... I would Zucc in over Richards but replace Zucc with Clowe in this series if he was able to play. Third line of Boyle, Pyatt and Clowe would grind their D.
Kevin the one point I would disagree on is Zucc has been solid and is still creating offensive chance, but playing with boiler and pylon doesn't allow for a lot of effectiveness - keep Ritchie in the press box!! LGR!!!
Sick and tired of all the negativity after a win that extended the Rangers' season for at least 1 more game. If they get knocked out at some point, then fine post all you want about their lack of whatever, or how Torts hates young kids and kittens and should be burned at the stake. Until then, enjoy the friggin' ride! We should all be pumped after last night's win!! And if you can't do that and just feel the need to constantly bash the team you "love" then please, "...seek life elsewhere." - Master Chief John Urgayle. LET'S GO EFFIN' RANGERS!!!!!!!
I'll take the win but you have to be honest about it. The Rangers were again severly outplayed and Rask handed them the game. The Hags and Stephan goals were gifts. I doubt that happens again. I' don't know why the hockey god everyone seems to think coach's the Rangers didn't use an offensive player like Krieder with offensive players before? And if the team was lacking toughness and getting nothing fron Richards and Asham why did it take for a elimination game for Newberry and Haley to get a shot. I mean if your getting nothing for 2 series why wait until your almost out of it to make changes? I don't cars if the Rangers come all the way back ( they won't) this coach really needs to be shown the door. It probably won't happen though.
What is going on w/ the garden? I get the silence fans as this team came up uninspired again. Hard to cheer for a team that was looking like they wanted to get ready for Memorial day weekend and not play hockey. But now we are hearing that the sound system (which was updated during the renovations) was suddenly having issues and that they were having a hard time w/ the coolant system for the ice (also updated during renovations). As if it isn't bad enough that high ticket sales are causing more Booshy quiet fans to replace the die hard blue collar fans! These last 2 playoff games have been so quiet when compared to the Isle fans at Nassau during their series w/ the Pens.
Where to start......who would of guessed that benching Richards instead of keeping him on the PP n 4th line while also bringing up Newbury and Haley would have such an impact and as mentioned I was shocked like everyone else that Kreider playing alongside Nash allows him to play amazing hockey. I guess what we learned tonight is that Torts can be flexible and adjust when the entire season is on the line. Lets just hope this isnt too little too late and lets hope he keeps this formula going
The Stepan goal may have been one of my favorites from the season. Wanted to scream at the announcers on NBC who kept saying "we've now seen two of the weirdest goals we've ever seen", putting it on a level with the Rask fail on goal #1, like it was a fluke - it wasn't weird, it was great! That was one hell of gusty, SMART move by Stepan and it paid off. Give the guy a little credit!
Glad they didn't get swept, but still think their chances of getting out of this round are virtually nil with Saturday's game back in Boston. And honestly, as nice as it would be to see them move on, I don't believe they deserve it. If they can't come out in every single game of the playoffs and play with the kind of grit they did at the end of last night's game, they shouldn't be there at all. I love the Rangers but they have a lot of work to do to get back to where they were last year, and I don't want to see them advance by luck or "magic". I want to see them EARN their place.
The Stepan goal may have been one of my favorites from the season. Wanted to scream at the announcers on NBC who kept saying "that was one of the weirdest goals I've ever seen" right alongside the Rask fail on goal #1, like it was a fluke - it wasn't weird, it was great! That was one hell of gusty, SMART move by Stepan and it paid off. Give the guy a little credit!
Glad they didn't get swept, but still think their chances of getting out of this round are virtually nil with Saturday's game back in Boston. And honestly, as nice as it would be to see them move on, I don't believe they deserve it. If they can't come out in every single game of the playoffs and play with the kind of grit they did at the end of last night's game, they shouldn't be there at all. I love the Rangers but they have a lot of work to do to get back to where they were last year, and honestly I don't want to see the better team fall for their sake. I want to see them EARN their place.
Doesn't the fact they started flat fall on Tortorella for not starting the 4th line to start the game? Wasn't the sole purpose of putting Haley, Newbury and Dorsett together to change the "jam" level and spark his team? I consider it a fail for him not starting the game with them to set the tempo and pace...and get the crowd into it.
How about brassard trying to drop the gloves with Marchand. While it might not have been the smartest idea at the time I LOVE the passion that he shows. Hope the passion that team carriers over Saturday and we keep this thing going
1) Moore is showing his "rookie mistakes" in this series, especially this past game. Trying to make plays with the puck is well and good, but know when to dump it...you're a defenseman. That being said, he's made some nifty first moves and I'm excited about his future.
2) Kreider is so much better with Nash and Brassard. Outside of his goal, he seemed to be learning as the game went on. Knowing where to be positioned, when to help and when not to, etc.
3) The energy alone of the new 4th line is beautiful to me. They intimidated whoever they were on the ice against and while they didn't forecheck for long periods of time they were all over the Bruins and kept them rattled.
4) The most telling sign that this team gains confidence is when players are carrying the puck over the blue line and making offensive moves. All it takes is one little move and it can create some havoc in their offensive zone. I saw Zucc, Brassard, Stepan, Cally and even Nash do this quite a few times in the 3rd. When I see non-stop dump and chases I get really worried.
5) It may be 1 in a million, but there's still a chance. LGR!
One thing being missed in all the analysis is on Kreiders goal.....A RANGER PLAYER FINALLY WENT TO THE NET!!!!!!!
Rangers did not play hungry or well most of the game. Stunning lack of effort early in an elimination game that says it all about this team and this coach's ability to motivate them.
That said, Rask looked real shaky -- need to get a bunch of pucks on net early in game 5.
i think MCD is playing really well the past few games offensively. he's rushing the puck and shooting a lot more. zucc is playing no where as close to how bad richy has been playing i still see parts of the game where zucc does very well.
Great win keeps us alive to fight again. Win Saturday and maybe the Bruins start thinking about 2010 again and grip that stick a little tighter. One at a time. Look at what the Redwings are doing to the Hawks, i have never seen Toews so frustrated. If we can win Sat, I think its a series again. #NYRBelieve
I don't see it happening. The Bruins should be able to will their way to one win before the Rangers can string together another three. If the Rangers can collectively find their offense it could get very interesting, but the offense is hidden pretty damn well.
Does anyone know where I can hear Kenny Albert's call of the goals? I love re-listening to the rangers announcer's calls of the goals from the game. Especially when I have to listen to the NBCsports unbiased announcers
Glad to see them avoid the sweep but definitely not entertaining any thoughts of them stealing the series. B's barely showed up tonight and we still needed OT to pull off the win. Would be total Ranger style to win on Saturday though - suck everyone right back in and then lose in heart-breaking fashion in game 6. Masochists - every one of us!
Need to disagree with your Richards in for Zuccarello point though @KevinDeLury. I'm actually dumbfounded that you'd even suggest it. Zuc may not be putting up points but he's given 1000% effort. Up in Chara's face (with a step stool) regularly and just giving it his all every shift. Richards looks like he gave up on the season in March. Disgraceful. Right now I'd trade Richards for a Malik, Poti, Rozsival package (and soon to be Del Zotto....). Zuc is at least trying to spark the team with his play, not drag them down with his uselessness.
Forget about the Rangers being down 3-0 before. Series is 3-1 now, I would hope most of you remember that Bruins were on the verge of coughing up a 3-1 lead to the Leafs. Take it one game at a time, anything is possible. #NYRbelieve. Lets fucking go, history can be made.
Have to say being at the game on Tuesday I sold my tix tonight---they sold quick too which I was very surprised still glad I did not go my ulcer has been acting up and for a period and half I would have lost a pint of blood --ugly at best but hey I know its a dream but man if you can win this next one and bring it back to MSG its very doable. Lets put it this way too this next game is MUST WIN for Boston--if they don't you have to think they really start thinking of that Philly series.
I loved not hearing about how we have no answer for the Bruins 4the line. The answer is to play an actual 4th line against them who won't be pushed around and may even do some pushing around of their own. Wish Torts saw that sooner rather than putting Richards on a line he has no business playing on.
Also was thrilled to see Kreider start playing a complete game and snag that huge OT goal. He has been working up to it from the 4th line and now has shown that perhaps he belongs in the NHL after all. Hope he gets a few more post season games to show it and am oficially excited about him again.
The rangers have made it easy for rask with their quality and quantity of shots, they finally tested him today and he didnt come through, they have to be encouraged by his performance
Great goal Kried - even better setup by the beast. Let the Wookie win!
Dumb luck and or ugly garbage goals win in the playoffs get off Torts back hes a winner and he made the Rangers competitive again. In my book if he gets to the finals and or the SC, stuff it hes our coach. In my opinion next year he has 35 games to prove himself. He definitely has a short leash along with Richards next year but i believe that with a full training camp and season both can make a big difference.
Rask was shaking last game too - but without a single scoring chance you'd never know it. The Rangers won because they started to play more uptempo during the 2nd half of the game. They've been hitting all series and losing but by being crisper and faster they spent less time battling in the boards, which was working to the Bs advantage, wearing the Rangers down and we were able to even out the play. Getting their motors running and using pass and skill instead of dump and chase every play made a difference. these are exactly the things I said they needed to do or that they'd lose in 4. Kudos to Torts for finally changing things around and letting them play.
Keith hits the nail on the head! For the most part it's not the players but definitely a coaching problem. For instance when a PP goes bad for a few games, perhaps it poor player execution. When a PP is bad for a long stretch of time or in the Rangers case multiple seasons, it's most definitely a coaching failure. Torterella and Sullivan both need to head over to the unemployment office. For the sake of the Rangers young players (the future) the sooner these xxx lines go the better. Tonight, fittingly, Kreider scores the game winner.
I will never criticize a Ranger player, especially McD for crashing into a goalie. We are the biggest supporters of a team who have no desire to play in front of the net; at all. If it takes taking a penalty crashing hard into the goalie, sign me up.
@JMK8363 I disagree, I like Zucc playing with Pyatt and Boyle. Their big bodies open up a lot of space for Zucc to work with, he had 3-4 excellent chances last night that Boyle/Pyatt just didn't capitalize on.
@calithirteen If he was flexible he would have made moves long before they wee the verge of elimination He is as rigid and arrogant as ever.
@LanceGold1 Couldn't agree more.
@Chris24 Moore is our second best puck carrier behind Staal. I can't for the life of me understand why he's still not on the PP. Kreid-Brass-Nash should be our first line for the next 5 years, that line is downright terrifying. I freaking loved that 4th line last night, except Newbury played like shit, oh well. We might not win the series, but I've got a new hope.
@ThrSage Amazing! And they actually fed the puck inside on the power play!
@Paulie_NYR94 MAN I hate this kid but dam I keep trying to say he is overrated but he;s not, sux
A friend & I were discussing how the Bruins minor league team had blown a 3-0 lead & he said "we'll that's cause they lost Bobby Orr aka Shrug...lol.
@greggray24 I love Kreider but if he doesn't know the Team aspect of the game what use is he in a long term season. Don't get me wrong he's perfect for the Playoffs when all he has to do is play but we need him long term.
@Muggs62 It was sarcasm bro! I wouldnt be surprised to see Richards back on the power play for game 5
@SpazzBrown @greggray24 If you get Kreider more playing time with two skill players like Brassard and Nash, he will pick up the team aspect much quicker. Having him on a 4th line with Asham and Powe does NOTHING to help him learn. As the game went on, especially in the 3rd, I noticed him starting to get to the right positions along the boards/open ice which helped that line's forecheck tremendously.
@Chris24 @SpazzBrown @greggray24 Agree with this. I thought he was play a much better team game last night. The one thing I think he got from the 4th line was some improved timing for hits (was painful watching him miss people) and a better understanding of his defensive role. Nothing for Offense and it can (and has) been argued that the 4th line Torts put together with Kreider, Richards, and Ash was part of why we lost the first three games (not having a real 4th line that is). Anyway, I was just saying that I am hoping that Kreider has turned the corner.