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Talk amongst yourselves: Rangers hold off Bruins 4-3

Mar 4, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

The comments section is open. Go say what you think. No big whoop.

We’ll give you some topics:

—- Fight night… er, day at the Garden with three separate bouts. Maybe Brandon Prust wants to re-think that fight with Milan Lucic.

—- So much for it being a goalie showdown, huh? Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist looked… Human!

—- A healthy and scoring Marian Gaborik makes for quite the weapon in New York.

—- How about we set up a race between Tyler Seguin and Carl Hagelin on the ice? Can we make that happen?

—- It’s never an official Rangers game unless we see John Tortorella blowing a gasket on the bench. Fortunately for him Derek Stepan can rip shots like he did on the game-winner.

—- Will Milan Lucic get a call from the league about his play at the buzzer hitting Ryan McDonagh?

Now go, talk amongst yourselves.

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  1. firstandonlywarning - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Bruins are going nowhere with Thomas playing the way he has been lately.

    • 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Losing Rask won’t help. I fear he’s finished for the year. Anyhow, it’s next man up and just man up in general. Thomas can’t play like he did in the playoffs all year. No one can. He’s still the guy for us between the pipes and we have to hope that whoever the B’s call up to go in goal behind Thomas can get it done. This is when you find out how good your organization is.

      Go Bruins!

    • theblakfox - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Even with all the injuries plaguing the bruins, they more or less played a better game than the rangers today. Even though Lunqvist outplayed THomas (by alot), he didnt look like his dominant self. I never thought I would see Boston’s weak point be their goaltending…. Still think its looking like its gonna be a playoff matchup

      • stakex - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        Its actually a bad thing when you play better then a team and still lose. Winning teams find a way to win games they shouldn’t, and loser teams find ways to lose games they shouldn’t. Boston should have won that game today with how bad the Rangers looked in the first two periods…… yet they didn’t, and the Rangers found a way to win. Not a good sign if your a Boston fan.

  2. 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Rangers are for real. They were for real last year, but beset by numerous key injuries. Bruins are snakebit. Virtually nothing working for them and players dropping each game. How does Marchand’s shot not go in the goal and nice assist by Seidenberg on Gaborik’s goal. Lopsided boxscore today in regards to shots. The key was that the Rangers were more physical, which is odd to say when discussing the Bruins. If you are the Senators, you see a banged up Bruins team, having a terrible run and you see opportunity,

    This run can’t last forever. At some point, things will click for the B’s again. Better to suffer this silliness now than later this year.

    • amybaseball - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Bruins in the Rangers’ rearview mirror now. Now on to the President’s Cup for NYR!

  3. habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    How long before the league does something about Lucic and his suckerpunching? Why does he get away with this time after time?

    • amybaseball - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Milan Lucic needs to be suspended. He is a dirty player and never misses an opportunity to do an opponent dirt. What is the league waiting for? Until he really hurts somebody? Brendan Shanahan has to look at his crap after the game and hand out a suspension. Even that won’t be enough.

    • 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      How was that a sucker punch. I think he hit him straight in the face. If you want to complain about it, call it what it is, roughing.

      • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        When you punch someone in the face when he isn’t expecting it, it’s a sucker punch. Maybe thats the way you handle things where you come from.

      • 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Yeah. Well watch the video. Hagelin, or was it McDonough hit him from behind. Lucic spun him around and popped him. Yeah, that is the way I do it. What’s the prob, dude. Pissed that your Habs are pathetic and in total disarray? You can hate on the B’s all you want but nothing for your boys is changing soon.

        On the bright side, you can sit back and revel in your 26, or is it 27 Stanley Cups. That number is so staggering, I lose count.

      • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        Nice try, but it was Lucic who hit McDonaugh from behind, face first into the glass just as the game was ending. Typical Bruin fan trying to spin and point the finger in another direction in an attempt to cover for their cheap shot team.

        And it’ 24 cups. A hockey guy would know that.

      • 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        Oops. Got the Habs confused with the Yankees. Go figure, Anyway, I’m tired of attempting to address these silly accusations. The Bruins play the way they play. If there is a problem, the league will address it. Otherwise, STFU toilet seat boy!

      • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        Ladies and Gentlemen, this is an example of your typical Bruin fan.

      • stakex - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        I hate to agree with a Bruin’s fan… especially one whos acting like an ass. However I do have to agree with 8man. I wouldn’t call the punch a sucker punch. The hit was certainly from behind and the league might take a look at it… but the punch was just a punch that happens in hockey all the time. Just because I’m a Rangers fan and I hate Lucic doesn’t mean I’m going to pretend it was something it wasn’t.

      • scottybcboy - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        24 cups when the Habs management pretty much controlled the league and the incoming players….most overinflated stat in sports. I thought the CFL had a problem with competitive balance until I looked at the Habs control over the early NHL.

      • 8man - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

        Hmm. I don’t know that much about it. I started following hockey in 1977. But only 11 of them have come since expansion from the original 6 in 1967, and none since 1993. The Red Wings have clearly been the league standard since 1995.

  4. brian32556 - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    My Rangers were lucky to come away with win today. Five freaky goals in the game. First and second period all Bruins. Maybe even in the 3rd. I expected to see playoff caliber game, instead both teams played unsettled. Sometimes its better to be lucky!

    • amybaseball - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      I agree. Was holding my breath as the shooting gallery was alive and well in the Bruins’ favor in the 2nd period. Henrik was not at his best today, but came out on top, and that’s all we needed. Hope Cally is ready to come back for our next game. He is sorely missed.

    • 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      You’ve still got a great team. If we get lucky, this’ll be the Eastern Finals. And God willing, both teams will be healthy.

    • jkay1818 - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      can’t only look at shots though. The Rangers beat them in every other category, including the score. They were by far and away the more physical team, Lundqvist was off his game today and they still won. I will take wristers from zannon and seidenberg on net all day from the point. they had a ton more hits, more blocked shots, better on draws and when most of the 50/50 battles. Rangers consistently beat the good teams, who cares if they do it being outplayed for a period 1/2. W’s are W’s especially this late in the season.

    • banshee950 - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      thats how hockey goes man, the good effort brings the luck. your Rangers are a real grinding kind of team, not the flashy stuff that makes the highlights everynight, but the effort level that mkes me think thye have a real shot this year. My B’s however seem to be playing with a level of effort reserved for one and done type teams. good win, congrats

  5. stonewallhank - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    there is not quit in NYR…they were outplayed mostly through the whole game but good teams just find a way to win. Let’s Go NYR!!

  6. crusty14 - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Habsman, give it a rest will ya! It’s not a sucker punch when you are face to face with an opponent and get a shot in the head. If the ranger player wasn’t expecting it, he should have been!

    Now on to the game… Congrats rangers , you got a little lucky today, but you won. If rangers/ bruins end up in the conference finals it should be a very tough and entertaining series.

    • afc22 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      i hope Jonathan Scott gets on the ice with Lucic next game….we’ll see how tough that guy really is

  7. matthews4 - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Habs fans wanted Lucic suspended agian shocker! It’s hockey folks, yeah im pretty sure any one who has played the game knew that puch was coming. Not a sucker punch at all. It’s not like calling someone a baby on web site because they can never get to you ah habsman? Stay classy.

    • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      You’re right, anyone who plays the Bruins should expect to be sucker-punched. Thanks for confirming that.

  8. crusty14 - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    And to Amybaseball, if they suspended every player who punched someone during the game or at a whistle , there wouldn’t be enough players to field a team.

  9. riles1008 - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Lucic is a scumbag. Whether that was a dirty punch or not, the entire bruins team is a bunch of dirtbags. Marchand, chara Lucic. There is a DISTINCT difference between physical play and what the bruins do. They are goons. I’m all for physical rough fighting hockey, but the league allows the bruins to time after time pull scummy s*it and get away with it. Chara last year in montreal, Lucic this year against miller, Lucic today, Marchand in Vancouver. It’s disgusting. So glad they are falling apart.

    • 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      They remain Stanley Cup Champions. And they aren’t falling apart. Everyone on this board knows that they are bringing it night in and night out, it’s just not happening for them. This is why playoff series are a best of 7. That being said, they still lead the league in goal differential and eventually, this haze will lift and things will click again. And then look out….

      Go Boston Bruins, 2011 Stanley Cup Champions!

    • odj810 - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      goons have no skill. They may cross the line from time to time (okay maybe a little more then that) But you can’t pretend there not talented. Stop acting like everyother team doesn’t have players who cross the line all the time.

  10. riles1008 - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Granted Marchand got suspended for his hit in Vancouver. I’m a sabres fan so I see at least 6 bruins games a year, and every game against the bruins they do something that crosses the line. Have some freakin class and respect for your opponent instead of going out and trying to injure people.

    • stratomaticfan - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      LOL. Pot…Meet Kettle. The Sabres play Kaleta on a nightly basis who contributes nothing to the game but cheap shots.

  11. matthews4 - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    No the Bruins are Stanley Cup Champions not scum bags, and as far as them going out to injure players, look at all the players like Punk Kid and Siesto who take liberties on our players and when the B’s answer they are the bad guys? Let’s all remember Savard and Bergy where both laid out first before the B’s started giving it back. Last time i checked Goons don’t score 30 goals a year. Vancover again a perfect example, they started it and the B’s finished it.

  12. jbl1957 - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Both teams played tired today, not crisp a bit sloppy. B’s had many more opportunities, esp. with the puck sliding along the goal line, now that would have changed everything. But as said b4 good teams find a way to win, just look at the bolts night b4 winning in OT against the blueshirts. All in all, playoffs look to be real exciting this year, no clear favorites, just a bunch of good strong teams. But magic can happen twice for the Big Apple, ask the MIghty G-Men. Go Rangers!!!

  13. chrism516 - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Didn’t MacDonaugh turn around and shove Lucic? Calling a sucker punch after a shove is kinda funny. You see that every game, by every team. Obviously a few Bruins haters in here.

    • gaborik104life - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Yes MCDONAGH not MACDONAUGH (sounds like ronald mcdonald and the owner of dunkin donuts had a baby) turned around and shoved Lucic. But I guess with your Boston goggles on you didn’t see Lucic make a run at MCD behind the goalie before. Watch the whole video ant try not to skip the beginning then come back and talk about it. Not bruin haters. Bruin realists.

    • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      McDonaugh shoved Lucic after Lucic had hit McDonaugh face first into the glass as the game ended. Thats when Lucic sucker-punched him in the face several times.

      Bruin fans will try their best to convince you that you didn’t see what you actually saw.

      And if you call their team cheap shot sucker punchers, they get upset.

      • odj810 - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        who cares? Noone was hurt. scrapping at the end of games happens pretty regularly. Stop whining at every chance you get. Wah wah wah the big bad bruins are mean wah. It happens. Yes it was a sucker punch. It is not the first and it certainly will not be the last. If someone did it besides a bruin would you care? exactly

  14. chrism516 - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Read my F’n post bro. I’m not even talking about the hit. I’m talking to the guys who are calling a sucker punch. So don’t talk to me like that when you didn’t even read my post

    • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Take a pill…….bro.

  15. stonewallhank - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    this forum is fired up!!

    • 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Yep, it is. And the Bruins and Rangers are at the center of it. Good stuff! It’s a Boston-New York sports world right now and everyone else is just watching.

  16. matthews4 - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    I’m not upset my team won the cup, it’s not like they are the laughing stock of the league because the cops are called in when they get eliminated from playoff contention. I’ts not like my team’s fans calls every one classless, yet they cheer when some- one gets hit in the face with a puck, or boo a national anthem. Booing a national anthem seems like the altimate sucker punch. As long as Punk Kid is on the HABS it’s nothing but hypocrisy when talking about cheap shots. Yeah so I’m good.

  17. habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    The first time a national anthem was booed was in New York in the 80′s when the Blue Jays were playing the Yankees. So whats good for the goose…..

    The police launched an investigation after the league (Colie Campbell) decided to do nothing after the cheap shot on MaxPac by Chara. This was during the season, not after the playoffs.

    Boston is one of the worst places for cheering injuries to visiting players. In all sports.

    Other than that, you were right about everything else.

    BTW, good job changing the subject about the latest Lucic cheap shot sucker punch.

    • govtminion - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Just keep beating that same ol’ drum. Eventually we’ll care.

      • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        You obviously care.

  18. groess - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Habsman…a Hab’s fan whining about the Bruins. Wow, what a shocker! Imagine a guy punching another guy after taking a shot after a heated game. Gee, I’ve never seen that before in a hockey game! Gimme a break, what has this become? It’s hockey people, it’s been played like this for a long time. You’d all take a 30 goal scorer that could fight like that on your team in a second!
    . Like someone mentioned earlier, the Bruins have lost out more than anybody when it comes to illegal hits (Savard, Bergeron, Horton). You only wished your team played like this. Nothing could be worse than seeing your storied franchise falling apart before your eyes, losing to your rivals and a Leafs team that has been reeling lately last night. Your team sucks and not a lot of promise there…but hey…you’ve got those 24 cups to hang your hat on!

  19. ktboston - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Hey Habsdouche why don’t you go complain about your coach not being french. Stupid

  20. terriers4 - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/06/in-non-hockey-news-were-cracking-down-on-commenters/comment-page-1/#comments Is this still in affect? Habsman definitly has that “Making the same dumb comments over and over.” thing going for him

    • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      “Making the same dumb comments over and over.”

      Thats because the Bruins keep making the same dumb cheap shots and sucker punches over and over. No doubt it bothers Bruin fans to be constantly reminded they have a team of cheap shot artists. When the Bruins stop the sucker punching and cheap shots, then you won’t hear about it.

      But I think we both know that’s not going to happen. Dirtiest team in the league hands down.

      • terriers4 - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        I know they are a dirty team, but everytime theres a bruins article you get the forum fired up, just talk about the game, not just one punch

      • terriers4 - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        I know they are a dirty team, but everytime theres a bruins article you get the forum fired up, just talk about the game, not just one punch

      • terriers4 - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        I know they are a dirty team, but everytime theres a bruins article you get the forum fired up, just talk about the game, not just one punch

      • groess - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

        Dirtier than Canucks…I think not!

  21. nikolainyr - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    i want to like Lucic but he is simply classless. yes he can fight but mostly fights guys smaller than him. he doesn’t know how to lose a game with dignity, always starting BS at the final buzzer. that was a hit from behind which targetted the head and then he again threw a gloves on punch at a guy who wasn’t dropping his gloves. it wasn’t as bad as some of his other sucker punches but was cheap none the less.
    classless Lucic

    • groess - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Two questions nikolainyr…who is your team?…and if you could have Lucic on your team, would you?
      (just a reminder, a SI’s player poll named Lucic the toughest player in the league…that’s right…a players pool.
      Maybe you should have a look at his fight opponents while you are at…his job is not to take on the team tough guy, that’s Thornton’s job, but he still takes on guys like Rosehill etc,

  22. blomfeld - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Reality Check: Canucks are “odds on” favorites to return to the final and the Bruins are not … sorry friends, but the truth must be heard ….

    • govtminion - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      I don’t recall the Bruins being odds-on favorites to go there last year at this time either. That’s why they play the games.

  23. stakex - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    What makes a good team great is the ability to win games you have no right to win. Just by watching how both teams played today, the Rangers shouldn’t have won that game. Boston is a good team, and they out played the Rangers pretty bad for all but a few minutes. Yet the Rangers found a way to win today, and this certainly was not the first time this year the Rangers won a game they should have lost… in fact it happens a little too much for comfort. When you see games like this from the Rangers, its hard not to consider them the favorites to win the Cup.

    • stratomaticfan - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      You can favorites all you want. How did it work out for Red Sox and Phillies last year? How did it work out for the Heat (any year)? How did it work out for the Caps and their # 1 seed or the Canucks and their President’s Trophy? It’s not about being the favorite…it’s about getting it done.

  24. odj810 - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Thats the great thing about the NHL. No matter what team you root for, once the playoffs start any team has a legitimate shot at winning the stanley cup. One bounce and the bruins don’t advance past the first round. It takes more then a great team to win the stanley cup. There are so many things that play a factor. This would be a great matchup in the playoffs. I hope to see it, but they could both just as easily be knocked out in the first round and I wouldn’t be completely shocked. That is the NHL.

  25. drewsylvania - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Call Lucic a dirty player if you like. He plays over the edge sometimes, but doesn’t pull sucker punches (a sucker punch is one where the opponent has no way of knowing it might be coming, and isn’t even looking at him) or headshots. But what he doesn’t do is pick on smaller players. He’ll fight anybody. It’s not his fault he’s 6′ 4″ and built like a gorilla.

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