Found May 22, 2013 on
Blue Seat Blogs:
New York Rangers
Can the Rangers duplicate what the Flyers did to the Bruins in 2010?
Only three teams in Stanley Cup Playoff history have climbed back from a 3-0 deficit to win their series. That’s the tall task that now faces the Rangers after they fell to the Bruins on home ice in Game Three, the team’s first loss at Madison Square Garden since March 24th. Things are looking awfully bleak and it certainly seems unlikely that New York will become the fourth team on that list.
Boston has been doing a lot of things well and has played much better than many expected. The Bruins’ defense has given the offensively challenged Rangers no time or room to operate, Torey Krug has added a new dimension to Boston’s attack, and the Bruins’ fourth line has abused New York in all three games.
And not much has been going right for the Blueshirts. The Rangers have had a difficult time generating offense at even strength and have been abominable on the power play (again). The team’s stars – Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Dan Girardi, specifically – have struggled mightily. And key injuries to Ryane Clowe and Marc Staal have crippled New York’s ability to get traffic in front and contend with Boston’s depth.
So how can the Rangers still save their season?
At this point, it will take a miracle, especially with another key defender, Anton Stralman, possibly lost for the series. But all John Tortorella can do is show his club highlights of the Flyers’ comeback against the Bruins in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals and advise them to take Game Four one shift at a time.
The Rangers must get bodies in front of Tuukka Rask and get shots from the point and they must find a way to keep Boston from doing the same to Henrik Lundqvist. They also need their stars to step up and they have to find a way to cash in on some power play opportunities. The Blueshirts haven’t given us much reason to believe that any of those things are likely, but they’ll need to change that if they hope to play beyond Thursday.
BEST OF MAXIM
COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The Rangers are facing a steep climb to get back into this series, but it all starts with one game. As Kevin said yesterday, one shift at a time. If you win each shift, you’ll win the game, and that should be the priority for the Rangers. The biggest news is that Brad Richards is a healthy scratch and Anton Stralman is out tonight with an undisclosed...
Struggling Rangers center Brad Richards said he will be a healthy scratch when New York faces elimination in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Richards, a star player earning $12 million this season, stayed on the ice with the extras Thursday during the morning skate. He then confirmed that Rangers coach John Tortorella had called to tell him he would be sitting...
While it's really not all that surprising considering his performance and lack of ice time in the playoffs, I'm still in shock to read that Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 tonight.
According to Katie Strang at ESPN.com, John Tortorella called Richards at home this morning to break the news to him.
Richards admitted he was surprised and disappointed...
From ESPN InsiderAs soon as the news broke that forward Brad Richards was pegged to be a healthy scratch for Game 4, talk of pending compliance buyout resumed with fresh energy. And not without reasonable justification. If the 33-year-old center isn't going to be part of the New York Rangers' long-term plans, he very well may be bought out this summer. Carrying an annual...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It was hardly earth-shattering stuff, nothing like saying a player “stinks” on the power play, for instance, but John Tortorella sure had it right before the playoffs started when the Rangers’ coach talked about legacies being made in the postseason and not in the regular-season.
Ten games into the playoffs following last night’s...
While there has been wild speculation that John Tortorella could be fired if the Rangers are swept or lose in a short series to the Bruins, Jeff Klein at the New York Times says that scenario doesn't seem likely...
"There have been no indications from the Rangers’ organization that Tortorella’s job is in jeopardy, as there were in the weeks leading to the firing...
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella announced that Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch for tonight's Game 4 against the Boston Bruins.
The Rangers will also play defenseman Roman Hamrlik in place of the injured Anton Stralman.
Richards has been struggling throughout the playoffs and has been playing on the fourth line. Richards played a postseason-low 8:10 in Game...
Coming home to MSG after dropping the first two games in Boston, the Rangers knew they would have to win at least one of the next two games to have any chance of progressing in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the Rangers failed to take that essential first step Tuesday night as the Boston [...]
Powe and Staal skating at this AMs #NYR optional at MSG
— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) May 21, 2013
The two also did bag skates with the taxi players after practice, but neither will play in Game 3 tonight. Ryane Clowe did not skate, so the line-up will remain the same as Game 2.
Here's Powe on his recovery from his second concussion this season (via Bergen Record...
I'd like to take you back to last June for a moment. In an interview with Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Mark Messier divulged his thoughts on a what he believed the Rangers needed to do that offseason in order to win a Stanley Cup.
"...teams that win the Stanley Cup get stronger as series move on, so for us this year the big thing is to add depth so we don’t...
(credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEW YORK-- With the New York Rangers down in an 0-3 hole, nothing seems to be going right for them. They are frustrated, and the man between the pipes Henrik Lundqvist thinks that maybe luck is not on his team’s side. Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com reported that the goaltender states the Boston Bruins have gotten “lucky” on multiple...
Darren Dreger at TSN made some waves on the radio today when he said this about John Tortorella's future with the Rangers should his team be eliminated quickly by the Bruins...
"If the New York Rangers were to be eliminated in short order by the Boston Bruins, is there a chance John Tortorella is replaced? Yes there is a chance, absolutely. No question about it. Glen...
I have been doing a bi-weekly feature on the former college hockey players, that are currently playing in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here's two former college hockey players that had an impact in tonight's game, between the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. First goal, Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored his third goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff...
The New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up starting at 7:30 p.m. The Bruins lead the series 2-0. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
Rangers Game Notes
TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN Radio (970 FM), XM 92
Live Stream (Don't click on ads in stream, may download virus):
8 a.m. ET: The Bruins will be in a familiar position when the puck drops for Game 4 at Madison Square Garden, and they can call on examples of both the right way and the wrong way to handle the situation.
The B’s will take on the Rangers on Thursday night, and they’ll have a chance to end the Rangers’ season. Boston enters Game 4 holding the 3-0 series lead after the 2-1 win...