Found May 20, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The Eastern Conference Final began last Monday night. The war of words commenced Sunday. John Tortorella ripped Devils coach Pete DeBoer's "head-hunting, plain and simple" comment about Brandon Prust's elbow to the back of Anton Volchenkov's head in the second period of the New York Rangers' 3-0 win in Game 3 at the Prudential Center Saturday afternoon. Game 4 is Monday night at The Rock. The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. They do not know if Prust will be in the lineup. Prust had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Sunday morning. "Prust has played probably 300-plus games without any hearing. He's probably one of the most honest players," Tortorella said. "I don't know what I'm going to [do] with the lineup. I don't think he should be suspended. So I really haven't gone that far because I don't think he should be." Prust said he was "able to talk quite a bit and just explain kind of where I w...

Options to replace Prust tonight

Whether you agree with the suspension or not, Brandon Prust will not be playing in tonight’s Game 4 against the Devils. With the opportunity to build a two game lead, the Rangers will be without one of their warriors and top penalty killers. It’s a blow, but not a blow that can’t be overcome. Unlike with Carl Hagelin, the Rangers have a few options readily available to replace...

Prust to Have Disciplinary Hearing with League

The National Hockey League, as advised by VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan, will be conducting a disciplinary hearing with New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust this morning. That hearing will be in response to Prust's elbow to the back of the head of New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, which went unnoticed by the officials early in the second period of Saturday...

Rangers Brandon Prust Suspended for Game 4

New York Rangers left-winger Brandon Prust has been suspended by the NHL for elbowing Anton Volchenkov in the head in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. Brandon Shanahan the league's Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations does not take hits to the head lightly so his decision to suspend Prust was not surprising. This is Prust...

Prust suspended for Game 4

The New York Rangers forward Bandon Prust is going to be suspended for his elbow on Anton Volchenkov during yesterday's game. I predicted that this play would warrant a suspension from the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety yesterday. The NHL has set a precedence if you hit someone where the head is the principle point of contact you will be suspended, it no longer...

Brandon Prust Suspended One Game

Almost 1 1/2 hours ago reports surfaced Prust was getting suspended for one game. As of this moment, still nothing official from Brendan Shanahan but I am sure the reports are accurate. If the video becomes available, I will post it when I return from a little neighborhood party.

(Video) Brandon Prust Elbows Anton Volchenkov

How many games do you think that Rangers forward Brandon Prust be suspended for this dirty elbow on New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov? There was no penalty called on the play but from vantage point on the coach, this appears to be a chicken wing elbow by Prust on Volchenkov and a violation of rule 48 - as I interpret this from reading the rules - to quote Brendan...

Barry Melrose Rocks interviews John Tortorella

With the hockey playoffs on going, and BMR's coverage admittedly faltering a bit, I decided we needed a big get. And I got one! I got an interview with New York Rangers' coach John Tortarella before tonight's game! The full transcrips are below:BMR: Coach, it seems as though you get stressed out during the post season. Would you say that the post season is more challenging...

Coaches argue during Rangers-Devils game

Rangers tough guy (and one time New Jersey Devils' hero) Mike Rupp (6'5", 230 lbs) punches Marty Brodeur in the pec/shoulder/facemask after running and jumping into Devils defenseman Peter Harrold... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

How 'bout those lineup changes?

The question posed to John Tortorella at his Monday morning press briefing at Madison Square Garden was about which skater would replace the suspended Brandon Prust in the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Tortorella's answer? He had no answer. "I don't know what my lineup is," Tortorella said when asked if Stu Bickel could play forward. Bickel...

Video: Torts, Rangers Ready for Game 3 @ Devils

John Tortorella meets with the media after practice yesterday and discusses what the team needs to do better in Game 3 against the Devils... For players thoughts, click the "Read More" tab below. Players talk Game 3... Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at ...

A look at the top Rangers playoff performers so far

The Rangers are getting by this postseason with defense and goaltending. They certainly are not scoring in droves, but they are doing enough of the right things to get the job done. As we are not fans of the plus/minus statistic here at BSB, it’s time we dive into some of the more advanced metrics we use to analyze performance: Qualcomp, RCorsi, and offensive zone start percentage...

McGuire Goes Silent

from Neil Best of Newsday, Pierre McGuire, NBC’s “Inside the Glass” hockey reporter, declined Tuesday to go beyond what he shared with his TV audience about the Game 4 argument between coaches John Tortorella of the Rangers and Peter DeBoer of the Devils - which wasn’t much. “They weren’t having an amiable conversation about what they were going to do for dinner in the...

Video: Melrose Previews Rangers/Devils Game 4

To watch at, click here.Meanwhile, Ken Daneyko, Dave Maloney, Billy Jaffe and Al Trautwig give their thoughts on what John Tortorella and Peter DeBoer have to impart on to their teams heading into the pivotal Game 4... To view video of Henrik Lundqvist discussing tonight's Game 4 as well as Brandon Dubinsky on his injury and Brandon Prust on his suspension...

Why Bickel Was Scratched

After yesterday's game John Tortorella addressed why he scratched Stu Bickel in favor of Steve Eminger (via Bergen Record)..."I don't want to put Bick in a bad spot, because it's certainly not why we lost the last game. We put Emmy in because we just wanted to get to pucks quicker. We thought he may be able to get to pucks quicker. We've had a few struggles...
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