Save your breath some of you, and stop praying that Darren Dreger’s speculation on the radio might be true. John Tortorella is not getting fired in a 48-game season when two of his three best skaters played like garbage and the tea...
Save your breath some of you, and stop praying that Darren Dreger’s speculation on the radio might be true. John Tortorella is not getting fired in a 48-game season when two of his three best skaters played like garbage and the team won a playoff round and sure hasn’t quit; not after what it did the season before. Not happening.
1) So, some 0-3 stats: Only three teams in history have come back from 0-3 to win a series – the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (against Detroit), the ’75 Islanders (against Pittsburgh), and the 2010 Flyers (against Boston). In 1939, the Rangers trailed the Bruins 0-3 and came back to force a Game 7, which the Rangers lost in triple overtime.
2) If you want something on which you can hang your hat, a lot of these Bruins were on that 2010 team that coughed it up to the Philadelphia team that wasn’t very good, the one that beat the Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Olli Jokinen Memorial Shootout Game 82. I know, that’s like George Costanza hoping for a plane crash to get him out of his engagement. It’s not much, but “it’s something. It’s hope.”
3) The guy you really have to feel for is Henrik Lundqvist, who won the first-round series, and had a great bounce-back game in Game 3 … and probably deserved better. He stopped those two early breakaways and then two open hacks by Jaromir Jagr, or it could have been a Boston runaway. And then he faced Boston’s territorial dominance in the second and third. I thought the Johnny Boychuk goal glanced off John Moore and in. The winning goal was just a firedrill and a lot of bad, or good (depending on your view) luck.
4) Taylor Pyatt went to the front of the net and scored a goal. It’s not that complicated.
5) Another guy I felt for was Chris Kreider, who deserved to move up off the overmatched fourth line, and was getting second-line minutes when that inadvertent stick caught him around the eye. Hope the kid’s OK.
6) Fortunately for the Rangers no power play resulted from that high stick. Once again, the story of this series, more than the goaltending, the forecheck or lack thereof, the depth or lack thereof, zone time, defensive mistakes or whatever, is ultimately the failure of the Rangers’ power play. And yet, first power play, there was buyout-bound Brad Richards at the point. Second power play, half a minute in, there was Richards out there again. And this time the Garden crowd let him have it.
7) The Anton Stralman injury was really felt as the Rangers, who normally go with four defensemen when things get tight late, had to rotate five and bust up their pairs doing so. That meant more minutes for John Moore, and more for Steve Eminger, who was unlucky on the game-winner, but also didn’t take the man. No idea what the Stralman injury is (he got rubbed out hard by Milan Lucic, didn’t he?), but the Rangers are really in even more trouble without one of their top four.
8) I thought the Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin line had a pretty good, tough game down low and caused some problems for the Bruins. I thought Rick Nash was mostly good again, and so was Kreider, and at times Derick Brassard. That’s not enough against the Bruins’ four lines.
9) Brian Boyle really beat himself up over his 4 of 21 faceoff night, really took the blame for the team’s inability to keep the puck in Boston’s zone. Say what you want, but there sure could be more guys self-accountable like that some nights.
10) Was there enough blood in that game? Holy shishkebob.
11) The arena looked pretty cool pre-game with all the blue T-shirts draped over the all the seats. Too bad they didn’t put in actual jersey-colored seats throughout the Garden during the renovation..
12) OK, I get it. Geico is in Washington, so they pick a Capitals player to force-feed to the nation in its commercials. But … why Nick Backstr