Anton Stralman did not participate in the Rangers optional practice a day after being forced to leave Game 3 due to a crushing hit he received along the boards from Milan Lucic.
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record adds that it's not likely that he'll play in Game 4 and that Matt Gilroy or Roman Hamrlik are the likely replacements. No word if Marc Staal, who skated again today, is an option.
...with the Rangers offense struggling mightily, I think Torts has to go with Gilroy. Hell, not even should he be in the line-up, the Rangers head coach should give him a spot on the top power play unit. Can't get worse.
...big loss if Stralman can't go as he's been one of the most under-rated Rangers in the playoffs.
...as far as a possible Staal return, I'd be against it. Why even risk putting him in an uncomfortable situation now. Not worth it.
Meanwhile, Chris Kreider, who was forced to leave Game 3 as well after taking a stick to the face, was also absent from the optional.
...why is it that everyone else who either took a stick, hit or puck to the face returned to the game but Kreider? Hope the stick didn't clip his eye, which he seemed to be rubbing afterward.
In some good news on the injury front, the Rangers website reports that Ryane Clowe made a brief appearance on the ice at the very start of the Rangers workout. It was his first time on the ice since suffering an undisclosed injury during Game Five of the first round quarterfinal series in Washington.
After skating briefly, Clowe left the ice once drills began.
...obviously, there's absolutely no chance he plays tomorrow night.
Darroll Powe (concussion) also skated today and discussed being a part of the Flyers team who came back from an 0-3 series deficit to these Bruins in 2010 playoffs (via Bergen Record)...
“Obviously it was a memorable series. What I remember is just going in everyday and focusing on the game at hand. You obviously can’t win four games tomorrow night so we’ve got to focus just on the task at hand, which is coming out strong on our first shift. We go shift-by-shift and just chip away. You’ve got to try to win every shift. That’s how you’re going to get back in the series.
“You have to go in with that belief for sure. I mean, you win that one game and things start to change. After that you worry about the next game and you realize as you keep going your confidence builds and grows and you see the other side kind of going the other way. We can’t do it without a big next game.”
Powe says he has talked to some of his Rangers teammates about the comeback. Arron Asham was also on that Flyers team.
...listen, I'd love to believe that the Rangers could come back here, but their lack of effort last night has been really down on them today. Plus I feel the fact that the Bruins have not only blown a 3-0 lead but almost a 3-1 lead to the Maple Leafs last series will have them that much more focused on putting away the Rangers as quickly as they can.
Here's John Tortorella (via Blueshirts United)...
"For us to try and crawl back into this and win a game, I think we need to be more desperate. I think our team is working hard, but we're down 0-3. We have to find a way to get to another level."
...another level? I'm still waiting for them to get to the initial level in this series.
now i'm really depresed. Today without Clowe, Staal, and now Stralman. God help us. Plus, my home team just signed Hugh Jessiman for next season, oh man... Not looking good.
Brad Richards cannot be bought out next year if he is injured... we cannot afford to risk it, guarantee he is bought out this summer. Did not know about that technicality, but if the Rangers wait another year, that is a risk that could cost the team for 6 years.... it is not worth it on any level
I don't care what anybody says. You don't come out tomorrow and celebrate this team and being a NYR fan, then don't bother showing up next season. Don't get psyched out, Rangers have been closer than people think; I have faith in these guys. See you tomorrow.
It's clear that the Rangers are getting pushed around this series. Hags, Brassard, Zucc, Stepan, and even Cally are too small collectively. MDZ and Eminger are a liability. The most amazing stat is that even when the Bruins get no PP's, they turn the Rangers lack of success on their PP into momentum. Lundqvist can't do it alone, although he did put up a valiant effort last night. In the offseason, they need a banger and crease clearer as the #1 priority. How many goals have been screens from the point? Seems like since Beukeboom they haven't had a monster back there. Although they miss Staal, he wouldn't have been a difference maker. Dump Richards and see if you can pry Weber from the Preds (yes, I know he has a huge contract), but they need to get tougher and play with more snarl. This squad is relatively small but the trade-off usually is in goal scoring and talent; this team manages to be both small and lacking finishers.
"why is it that everyone else who either took a stick, hit or puck to the face returned to the game but Kreider?"
If you are insinuating that Kreider is a wuss, that is pretty unfair. How about Staal? I guess is a total girl.
Gilroy HAD an opportunity to redeem himself and took 2 bad penalties in less then 2 minutes of ice time last time he played. In a crucial game none the less. I would rather play down a D man.
DZ is -4 but i dont think he is the problem here. he has elevated his game to be a good on the puck defender. My only knock on him is he doesnt hit the net too often.
Stralman has quietly been one of our best players. Too bad. Time to bring in McIlrath - what do they have to lose. Really? New hungry blood could add a spark
I have to write that I was extremely disappointed after last game of the garden. No attitude no will and no glow in the Rangers. I saw 4 of 5 players to tear copiously and Restan thought they were on badstrande and flirting with girls. Now the match 4 and now even my compatriot Strålman gone and there is a further setback. Unfortunately, I think my countryman Henrik Lundqvist is the Rangers last chance to take any match from Boston. In my opinion, Torts will go if it gets example 0-4 in match series.Greatings from Sweden
No matter what happens, I'd love to see Clowe offered a contract this Summer. Maybe something small (2 years) because he's such a risk. I'm still not completely convinced it's a concussion and if it is, he might have just come back too early from the first. He's a warrior, he'd do whatever he could to get back on the ice. Put him, and sign Clarkson as a free agent, and BOOM, you get that blue collar mentality back just like that
I didn't realize that. Makes it a whole different deal. Yeah u got to buy him out then cause u can't have that cap hit hanging over ur head.
@JoeNYR Richards has no trade value. None. Nada. Zilch. He's slow, small, and turnover prone. They either have to buy him out or hope he turns it around.
@coolandluke The only way the Rangers could even think about Weber is first dump Richards, then be prepared to trade Krieder, Miller and Mcilrath or some combo of the three.. He will not come cheap, I'd rather keep all 3 and develop my own.
@Dminches I think you're taking what he said completely out of context.
@Easy_Kreider LOVE THE NAME
@Betweentheworlds McIlrath is already back home so you won't be seeing him until September.
Please don't sign any of the Devils. Look at the history of all the Devils we signed. Driver, Holik, Gomez to name a fiew. They all turned out to be a big bust.
@GiveGartneraCup Clarkson wont sign here, looking for a huge contract, will probably go to TOR
@ThrSage Medvescak Zagreb. (Logo is on my avatar) We will play KHL next season. But also i'm a huge fan of the New York Rangers :D
@scrangersfan Gomez is a 4 letter word around here
@scrangersfan AGREE& That goes double for me!!!!!
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Clarkson would be huge if he comes over
@ThrSage Was there any truth to the rumor that Keenan lost the locker room and that Mess took over much of the coaching responsibilities? ///yeah, i heard about all these stories and then some. nut job!!!!
Yeah he said the something similar about Leetch never being a winning player. Keenan said that about Amonte AFTER Amonte had back to back 30-Goal seasons b4 Keenan got there. I worked at the Garden in 94-95 & got to know the players well & Amonte was traumatized by Keenan....LOL. Keenan wanted him traded & Smith wouldn't do it so he verbally beat Amonte all year it got so bad Messier had to ask Keenan to back off. Keenan was such an idiot & so impulsive he wanted to trade Leetch for Chelios & tried to go over Smiths head to Gutkowski to get it done. Carpinello wrote a great book about that season. He tells a story about how much Keenan hated Gartner. Thought he was soft. He taunted Gartner in Montreol one night by asking him"Did u ever get the shit beat out of u in Montreol cause u play like a pussy when u play here" Keenan was a great coach but he is crazy for real. Look at his eyes sometime he looks vacant.
@ThrSage and Tony Amonte - Keenan said he'd never make it in this league - brilliant!
Always thought Gartner got a raw deal by being tradrd b4 we won the Cup. Keenan hated him thought he was soft & wanted him traded. He didn't see the value in Gartner. We could have used him vs Devs. He always played well vs Devs cause his speed used to break the Devs trap. Gartner was a good guy very classy & a great player. Keenan was a dumb ass for not seeing his value.
@ThrSage Aren't the players told to block the puck with their face? That's Torts' system.
I have never seen a team get hit in the face w-pucks as this team. Staal Moore MDZ have all got hit in the face w-pucks. Throw in Mcd's 2-face plants & Stralman, Powe & Clowe concussions & it's become & epidemic!!!!!
@ThrSage You mean the official injury of the New York Rangers/
@Dminches Actually, unless Kreider took a stick to the eye, then yes I am calling him a wuss. Why would he not have been able to return from a cut to the forehead?
Chara got stitched up and was right back in there. Hagelin took a puck to the mouth and didn't miss a shift. Again, unless I hear that he had a vision problem there's really no excuse.
My point is u can develop guys like him or at least you should. Yes guys like him are easy to find. Clowe attention? We got him for 2-rd draft choices that's not much. Plus Clarkson is not worth 5-m.
@ThrSage @SpazzBrown @GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Fighting/big/hard-nosed wingers who score 25-30 goals a year are a dime a dozen? Look how much attention Clowe got at the deadline and he hadn't scored yet. Bottom line, we need to scare opponents again. Big Wingers create space for the skill players. Olesky was running around taking shots at our players until Clowe got back in the lineup and first shift, got right in his face and asked him to go. Instill fear, and teams beat themselves.