Found May 20, 2013 on NY Rangers Blog:
When you're up against a team as physical and as deep as the Bruins, you'd like to have all hands on deck. Unfortunately for the Rangers, two guys they couldn't afford to not have in the line-up for this series are sidelined indefinitely. The absence of Marc Staal and Ryane Clowe in this series has been obvious. Their big bodies and toughness is sorely needed. Way too often I'm watching the Bruins bullying the Rangers with no response. Think about having Clowe out there to match Milan Lucic's nasty, grinding style and challenge him when needed. Or Marc Staal being paired with Dan Girardi to form a shutdown pair that wouldn't allow players like Brad Marchand and Gregory Campbell to roam free in front of the net. Plus it would allow John Tortorella to cut Michael Del Zotto's minutes. I also think they would have been able to help the Rangers anemic power play. Staal's puck moving ability is sorely needed on the man advantage as the R...

Lineup changes: Girardi and McDonagh back together

Per Andrew Gross, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are back together as a pairing on defense. After an abysmal Game Two with Michael Del Zotto, Girardi will be reunited with McDonagh to form that top shutdown pair the Rangers split up after the Washington series. Del Zotto will be with Anton Stralman, and the John Moore-Steve Eminger pair remains the same. The change is likely two-fold...

Staal, Powe Skate Again; Clowe Doesn't; Same Line-up

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...

Henrik Lundqvist Admits to Having Sore Left Shoulder, Says ‘Everybody Is Sore’ in Playoffs

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had just given up five goals to the Bruins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, as he quietly removed his goalie equipment in the New York dressing room. The goalie gingerly slid his Rangers jacket on, with a painful grimace on his face as he did so before answering questions from the media. As he answered the questions, he grabbed...

Rangers Drawing Attention to Themselves With Mighty Struggles on Power Play Against Bruins (Video)

If the last two years were any indication, you would think the Bruins are the ones struggling on the power play in the playoffs. Instead, it’s the Rangers who are feeling the heat on the man advantage. Maybe it’s that the Bruins have a very good penalty-kill unit. Maybe it’s that Rick Nash hasn’t gotten going yet. Maybe it’s just that sometimes, power-play struggles in...

ECF Game 2 Preview, plus a note about Hank’s OT record

  Today the Rangers look to avoid going back to MSG down 2-0. In game 1 the Blueshirts stayed with the Bruins until OT where they were out-shot 16-5, half of which was on that one power play. Although it wasn’t a great game by any means, I thought the Bruins looked very beatable. Sure they have depth and an ability to roll four lines, but at no point did I feel like any of their...

Tortorella on Hagelin: “He Stinks”; Hagelin: “I don’t stink”

Rangers coach John Tortorella (courtesy of When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies to watch with my dad was “A Few Good Men” with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson. In the movie, Nicholson spouts off many classic lines, but one in particular fits the situation going on between John Tortorella and whoever else he decides to put in the news; “What...

Lundqvist to Get Shoulder Looked At

Dan Rosen at reports that Henrik Lundqvist said he experienced some discomfort in his left shoulder after making a save on Daniel Paille with 4:52 remaining in the third period during yesterday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 2. "It's my shoulder, we'll see. We'll take a look at it." ...well that's not exactly what I wanted to hear this...

Monday (5/20/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers fall to Bruins, 5-2, drop first two games of series Bergen Record - Dan Girardi has rough night on defense for Rangers New York Post - Blueshirts again in 2-0 hole after B’s wax Lundqvist New York Post - Nash finally shows off some playoff flash Daily News - Rangers dig another hole for themselves against Bruins Daily News - Nash nets...

Torts Gone If Rangers Eliminated By Bruins?

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...

Gregory Campbell and Derek Dorsett square off in rare Playoff tilt

With a game two victory in hand, the Boston Bruins were content to just let the clock run out but the New York Rangers wanted to send a message.  Rangers forward Derek Dorsett was a pest all game, and finally found a dance partner in Gregory Campbell.  Campbell is a tough customer but not nearly the same quality fighter that Dorsett is.  I give Campbell credit for dropping the...

Tortorella- “We Need To Go Win A Game”

John Tortorella post-game today after losing to the Boston Bruins 5-2 and going down in the series 0-2.     Tortorella felt the goal early in the 3rd period by Brad Marchand is one they cannot afford to give up.  The goal put the Bruins up 4-2 and can be viewed below... Continue reading "Tortorella- “We Need To Go Win A Game”"

Game 2 Preview: New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins

TODAY’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins today at TD Garden (3:00 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 1-0, following a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1 on Thursday at TD Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 212-230-8 [...]

Torey Krug is on his way to an amazing summer

Unheralded Boston Bruin's defensman Torey Krug made an amazing between-the-legs play to top Rick Nash and the Rangers just 47 days before his wedding.

Rangers @ Bruins (Game 2)

The New York Rangers visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up starting at 7:30 p.m. The Bruins lead the series 1-0. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN Radio (970 FM) Live Stream (Don't click on ads in stream, may download virus):

Bruins 5, Rangers 2

The best thing we can say about the ugly game we just witnessed is that it's over. Going back to New York down 2-0 in the series is not shocking or even completely unacceptable. What is shocking and unacceptable is how the Rangers, a few select players notwithstanding, completely failed to show up in an absolutely crucial game. The Bruins are a very good team, but the Rangers...
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