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Gaborik’s benched for most of third period after bad clearing attempt

May 16, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

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Marian Gaborik made a bad clearing attempt late in the second period of Wednesday’s game and it led to the New Jersey Devils’ tying goal. The Devils went on to record a 3-2 victory and tie the series at 1-1.

Gaborik didn’t get a shift in the third period until there was just 8:40 remaining. He was even held off the ice during a Rangers’ power play. Rangers coach John Tortorella must have been pretty unhappy.

“You’ll have to ask him (Tortorella),” Gaborik suggested.

Oh dear. Unsurprisingly, the Rangers coach opted not to talk about his decision to bench Gaborik.

Still, it seems reasonable to assume that the two events were related. Gaborik was limited to 15:21 minutes of playing time overall, which is a new low for him in the 2012 postseason.

You have to wonder if that was the right time to send Gaborik a message. He’s one of the team’s best offensive weapons and to bench him for a critical part of a one-goal game is not an easy thing to do. Still, Tortorella’s decision might help the team in the long run.

For now though, the Rangers have their work cut out for them as the series heads to New Jersey.

  1. amonte13 - May 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Perhaps NBCs “Man between the glass” should let it be known when a team’s leading scorer is a fixture on the end of the bench. 10 minutes into the third before NBC figured it out, then Pierre says “He’s been sitting next to me the whole period”. Bravo!!

    • ravenscaps48 - May 17, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      They’re all complete idiots… “The one with the most goals at the end of the night will be declared the winner” – Mike Emrick…. Is that how this sport works?

      • drunkbro - May 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        I understand pierre, milbury, roenick hatred, but not doc emrick. The guy has a way with words and phrasing things uniquely. I think he brings excitement to the game, and he is also very knowledgeable about the game and its players. He also does this without referencing the world juniors every two minutes and calling the younger places special or fine young men (pierre mcguire)

      • bdfools - May 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        “Phrasing things uniquely” over and over and over again.
        Drink every time he says “knifed,” “waffleboarded,” “long change,” or references the home town, college, or junior team of a player, and you’ll be passed out on the floor before the game is halfway over.

      • drunkbro - May 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        do the same with pierre.. look up ‘pierre mcguire drinking game’ and you will be astonished, perhaps love pierre rather than hate him because it is so accurate it is funny

      • blueshirt917 - May 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Let’s not forget ‘ricochet’ and ‘careened’!!!

      • mgp1219 - May 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        How about every time a player from Boston College touches the puck, Emerick always is sure to mention that the player is from there? Listen for it next game.

    • 23kmo - May 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      I disagree I think Pierre’s knowledge of the game and it’s players are second to none, I would like to hear more of him and certainly less of Milbury.

      • mgp1219 - May 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Thanks Mr. Mcgurie.

  2. dlsmith621 - May 17, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Gaborik was a non-factor all evening. He seemed lost out there.

  3. biffnasty - May 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    He really hasn’t done much all playoffs

    • comee23 - May 17, 2012 at 3:25 AM

      You “experts” :)))

      How about scoring in 3rd OT? or being Rangers 2nd best scorer in platoffs so far?
      btw. Marian is +3, Richards +1 and Kreider -3
      so please STOP!!! devils fans… :)

      Sure, it would be great if he would score 2-3 goals in every game, but Rangers are playing different style of hockey…

      LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!

  4. stakex - May 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Gaborik should have been benched long before this. He might have had a couple big goals, but hes all but vanished in the playoffs. Thats not acceptable for your top scorer, and he needs to be held accountable for his awful play. He only has 4 goals in 16 games…which is a pace thats about half what he was scoring in the regular season. Its also worth pointing out that Chris Kreider has just as many goals as Gaborik does, and hes done it in fewer games and with far less ice time. Thats a problem.

  5. spizzjr - May 17, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Screw the rangers and their moronic fans and im a realist I understand my isles suck right now but it’s potvins cups not potvin sucks and keep chanting Marty and he will keep making great saves

  6. lunds007 - May 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Gaborik’s Benched??

    Nice Grammar….I usually don’t say anything but it’s the headline.

  7. mgp1219 - May 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Anybody seen Ryan Callahan lately? Brian Boyle? hello…hello…!!
    If it weren’t for Girardi, McDonaugh and Lundqvist, this series would be 2-0 Devils.

    • bdfools - May 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      I’m convinced Callahan is hurt. I’ve read some rumors that he broke a hand or finger blocking a shot in the Ottawa series. Only explanation I can think of for him to be so invisible offensively.

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