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Tortorella explains decision to bench Bickel for most of 3OT win

May 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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It took the New York Rangers 114:41 minutes of playing time to win on Wednesday. Of that, Stu Bickel was on the ice for just 3:24 minutes. His absence from the defensive rotation led to Marc Staal logging 49:34 minutes and Ryan McDonagh playing a game-high 53:17 minutes.

So why did the New York Rangers decide to go that route? Well, Bickel’s last shift came in the second period and after a while, the Rangers were worried that he had gotten cold.

“We get in a situation when you ice Bick, and you just know this is going to go on for a while,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “It’s an awful tough situation to stick Bick into after he’s sitting for a while. So we just made the decision to stick with the five.”

Bickel has played in all 10 playoff games so far, but he hasn’t recorded more than 9:18 minutes in a contest since the Rangers began their postseason run.

  1. billsin20xx - May 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    That’s a ridiculous excuse, why not just say he sucks and we didn’t want him out there?

    There were plenty of intermissions for him to get warmed up in.

  2. biffnasty - May 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Coach of the year!!!! Well played torts, that’s why we won that thriller

    • pone27 - May 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      First off, theres no we in there. You are a fan not a player.

      Second, Bickel sucks, you dont need to be a decent coach to know that.

      Third, the only reason why he gets ice time is because the Rangers want to dress six D, and in case of injury or extreme fatigue, he gets time

      Torts is a d*ck. Always whining with a sour puss on whenever something negative happens. Wont even comment on being a Jack Adams nominee, weak man.

  3. challer9 - May 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    I just don’t understand it, Bickel isn’t that bad. He’s only been on the ice for 1 goal this postseason and was a plus player in the regular season. He also plays a good physical game and always sticks up for his teammates. I think the kid has done a great job this year.

  4. chip56 - May 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    I have no problem with Torts’s decision or his rational. If you put him back out there you’re going with a cold guy who isn’t the fastest even when he’s heated up. He’s a valuable role player but the way the game progressed he just couldn’t go back to him.

  5. jaybyrd99 - May 5, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    i just don’t understand why he doesn’t dress eminger then. it wasn’t just the OT bickel sat,it was from the second period on . if torts doesn’t trust him,why dress him ?

  6. danphipps01 - May 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Question: do the Rangers still run Sauer as a regular? I don’t really keep up with them that much and he seemed like a fairly solid D in the few games I’ve watched of theirs.

    • danphipps01 - May 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Nevermind, looked it up. Concussion. That’s unfortunate, he seemed like a solid blueline presence.

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