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Discuss: Bruins rally in third, take 3-0 series lead

May 21, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins are one win away from the Eastern Conference finals after coming back in the third period to take out the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 3 and they’ve got their fourth line to thank for it.

Daniel Paille set up Johnny Boychuk‘s third period goal and scored the game-winner with just 3:31 left to play to take out a sluggish Rangers team. Tuukka Rask was again outstanding in goal for Boston stopping 23 shots in the win. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was his typical outstanding self in a losing effort stopping 32 shots.

Game 4 of the series is Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Here are your talking points:

— The Bruins’ fourth line wore out the Rangers all game long. With home ice and your pick of who to lineup against them, how is that allowed to happen from the New York perspective?

— If there’s anything Bruins fans will grump about it’ll be the distinct lack of power plays as the Rangers were not assessed a penalty in this game. It seems the Rangers are nothing but angels at home. We’re sure some of you have the tinfoil hats firmly planted on your head.

— Case in point to the previous statement: Ryan Callahan getting away with what would’ve been a double-minor for high-sticking on Zdeno Chara.

— The Rangers were able to get away with going down 0-2 to Washington in the previous round. Doing that against Boston this time around has proved to be a very bad plan. Unless their offense picks up and the defense tightens up, this series is just about over with.

— What more can you say about how bad the Rangers’ power play has been? Pierre McGuire ripped the Rangers “attack” during the second period saying it was disorganized. That’s just one word for it but a better one would be “abysmal.” They were 0-2 on the man advantage tonight.

Here are the highlights from Game 3:

  1. sabatimus - May 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Way to overcome the zebras, B’s.

    • nunan - May 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      They were just inactive..which I actually prefer, unless there is some outrageous incident. I like the playoffs like that.

      • sabatimus - May 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        You like it when blatant high sticks that draw blood aren’t called?

      • nunan - May 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        No but those non-calls/high sticks were going both ways. Your initial post makes it sound like the Bruins weren’t guilty of it. The refs let a lot go on both sides.

      • drewsylvania - May 21, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        Name a high stick by the B’s that went uncalled.

      • drewsylvania - May 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        Also: Eminger, ticky-tack call on Jagr that the Rangers were allowed to get away with, and deliberately-missed blatant uncalled offside.

      • biffnasty - May 21, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        Kreider got nailed in the face by Berergion

      • pepper2011 - May 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        It was seguin, and it was a follow through of a shot so its not actually a penalty.

      • biffnasty - May 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Absolutely it a penalty…you must always be in control of your stick

      • madtolive5 - May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        and seguin got nailed in the face with a high stick after his follow through…uncalled.

      • sabatimus - May 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        News flash biff: a follow-through on a shot is, by rule, not high sticking.

    • buckeye044 - May 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      3rd game of the playoffs the Rangers have not been a man down.

    • mgp1219 - May 22, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      …and Seguin & Jagr’s lack of productivity. Someone tell Jagr not to stay on the ice for 2 minutes at a time. 20 -30 seconds is more than enough for him.

      Gotta love the merlot line!!! GO B’s!!!

  2. ludacrish05 - May 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Hey, hey, hey ….. Goodbye rangers haha, Lundqvist deserves better then the rangers

  3. sabatimus - May 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    By the way, Pierre needs to shut his homer mouth fast. Did anybody see that Ranger-color tie? And if I closed my eyes I would’ve sworn it was the Pierre McGuire Show and not playoff hockey.

    • stakex - May 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      You have it all wrong… Pierre is a Pens fan, not a Rangers fan.

      • drewsylvania - May 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Could have fooled me. Pierre was a shameless fellater of the blue boys tonight.

      • bman7206 - May 22, 2013 at 1:10 AM

        Pierre hangs off Cindy’s bag so bad it’s embarrassing.

    • itsallniceonice - May 21, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      C’mon guys. He’s probably a huge fan of Cushing Academy or Miami of Ohio not any NHL team.

      In all seriousness he is a mouthpiece of NBC. Went out of his way to talk about P-Bruins tonight after AHL president ripping them. Fellates Pens, Rangers, teams with big markets, big stars and big appeal. He sucks and we all know it but you can’t blame him.

    • sabatimus - May 22, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      That’s ok, I get all the thumbs-down; this is an NBC site.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        Couldn’t agree more. NBC wants NYR in the SCP as long as possible to sell advertising in a big market. Pierre had his head so far up the Rangers bench I think he thinks (or know) he works for them. Do we really need to hear how incredible it is to play in MSG and in front of that crowd? Why? If you want to talk about difficult places to play talk about Montreal or even look at Winnepeg. NYR fans at this point of the year are corporate executives with clients, or celebrities who pay hug money only to arrive late to the game, go to private bar inbetween periods and leave early when losing. Basically the same people who run NBC.

        There is no way to justify the refs not calling anything for two full games against the Rangers. There are so many calls they miss on both teams. At the end of the day a lot of it becomes subjective and at this time of year they need to make the calls even unless there is a clearly a team which is floundering and taking flagrant penalties.

        Net/net it is fine in the end because the Bruins have a PP almost as bad as the Rangers while their PK has been great and a source of confidence and momentum. Thankfully it is easy to sync the radio volume with the muted tv. I only wish I figured it out before the game went to the 3rd…

    • jb8383 - May 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Agreed – it was so obvious it was disgusting. He was freaking out on one of the Rags PP’s that was so bad, he was basically yelling as if he was their coach.

      • sabatimus - May 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Completely. When the Rangers kept sending one guy basically uncovered into the B’s zone, Pierre very nearly went into hysterics.

  4. nunan - May 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Bs really controlled this entire game..even when they went down by a goal. Henrik can only do so much. Rangers are never going to score enough to support Lundqvist. Not going to win in the playoffs 1-0. Bs may pull this off without their second best d’man. Pretty good.

  5. bohman88 - May 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I feel bad for Lundqvist as well. Can’t wait to see what good ole Torts has to say. Great game by the Bruins.

  6. bigbadbruins77 - May 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Very excited! Saw this coming, Henrik can’t do it by himself.

  7. nunan - May 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    And how is Richards sitting on the bench? I understand when a coach benches a player but the Rangers need offense and putting one of your best forwards on the bench/4th line is incredible at this point. Got to think this is it for Torts in NY, barring a comeback. No matter how you look at it, his team is not winning, his star forward is on the bench, and they can’t score…and their PP looked worse than anything I’ve ever seen, even worse than the Bs..although the Bs are at least threatening on the PP SOMETIMES.

    • jkay1818 - May 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Nunan, coming from a NYR fan, richards has no business playing. He has seriously declined and is just useless. Aside from him just not skating, in physical games such as this, he plays extremely timid. He just tries to avoid contact at all costs. He was also on the ice for the B’s first goal.
      NYR have always had a good blueprint against the Bruins the last few years. Even in close games they found ways to win. Hence lundqvists home record vs them but the rangers are just a completely different team, they look awful and tired. they miss staal tremendously since he is in their top 2-3 and guys like eminger are getting exposed, along with del zotto who is so jeckyl and hyde. Aside from the first and second period of game 2, the bruins have been taking it to the rangers.
      I seriously hope they pull the trigger and fire tortorella. The players don’t respond to him whatsoever. He changes lines way too much and disrupts chemistry, he makes stupid remarks about his players. and most impt, THE POWERPLAY! this is all coaching, not the players anymore. There is just no scheme, no life. He has nash setting up on the end boards, not even in position to shoot. He doesn’t give young guys mins, unlike julien as you can see its working for. The scary thing is, as good as the B’s have been, if the NYR score just one PPG in game one or three it could potentially be a 2-1 nryr lead. That in itself should give mgmt pressure to can tortorella.
      hats off to the bruins fans, aside from one person who is just corny, you guys have been classy and refrained from talking trash.
      On a side note, sure ill be rooting for him as the US goalie in the olympics but MAN! is quick whiney and EVERY whistle he’s pushing or punching someone.

      • bensawesomeness - May 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        Side note to your side note – Jimmy Howard is going to make a big push for that starting USA spot, and he’s been awesome this playoffs, and generally doesn’t whine

        -Wings fan

      • blackfoot11 - May 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

        Quick has a Conn Smythe and a Cup. He can complain all he wants cause he’s earned it. Might be annoying to some but the guy has a target painted on him.

      • doyleboy - May 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        Craig Anderson has to have some serious consideration for Team USA – his stats (even with the injury this season) have been off the charts.

    • stakex - May 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      A slightly shorter version goes like this:

      Richards has been one of, if not the, worst player for the Rangers. Its amazing hes even in the lineup at this point. No idea what happened, but hes not an NHL quality player right now.

      As for Torts getting fired, don’t get your hopes up. A trip the the ECF last year, and a second round appearence this year. Going to take more then that, and a bad power player, for the Rangers to fire him.

      • jkay1818 - May 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        they have also struggled to get into the playoffs this year, missed the playoffs another season, got in on the last game of the season with help from TB another yr. Aside from last season it has been a struggle. The PP has always been an issue and they are at a point now where they arent responding to him. He prob has another yr left or at least a quarter of a season but his act is tiring and they have a fairly young team, it’s time for him to go. They arent responding and it’s not like their system is changing anytime soon.
        robinson, eakins or ruff i would like to see.

      • stakex - May 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        I think its fair to say that before last season the Rangers didn’t have a very good team, so I doubt Sather would hold any of that against Torts.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a big fan of Torts and wouldn’t mind seeing a coaching change. He’s still running that grind and wait style from Renny, and I would love to see a more offensive minded system. I just think a lot of fans have taken a set against him because of how he is with the media and dramaticaly over estimate the chance of him getting fired this year.

        He might in fact start next season with a short leash, but he will almost certainly be the Rangers coach next season.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 22, 2013 at 7:15 AM

        Fact is you don’t know what you’re talking about. NYR last year finished first overall in the EC and 2 in the league. They were 3rd overall with respect to GA.

      • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        I say its time for a little TORT reform in NY, This isn’t even funny..

      • anthonykornheiser - May 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        They’re right though. They both mentioned aside from last season. You’re saying “fact” when he’s right, they struggledntomget in two seasons, missed it one season and won the ec another

  8. biffnasty - May 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    truly deserved to lose that game…poor Henry. hats of to the bruins, but man can i not stand those announcers,

  9. taintedlombardis - May 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Rangers are a fraud. The refs carried them through the first round. Too bad for them the NHL loves Boston, especially given certain recent events.

    • drewsylvania - May 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      They love extending series and having the “big-market” teams win–they don’t love any particularly team. This was on display tonight as the Rangers had zero PK’s and got away with the worst uncalled offside of all time, along with two high sticks.

      • taintedlombardis - May 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        It’s obvious they try to extend series. They wanted NY to take this one. So they swallowed their whistles.

      • ironyisadeadscene - May 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        Hyperbole aside, there have been worse offsides non-calls. Just ask Nashville….haha

      • sabatimus - May 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Actually irony, as far as offsides go (leaving aside the fact that Duchene scored), last night’s was worse: there were TWO players offside. Number 22 on the Rangers was at least 3 feet offside, and the Ranger player near the puck didn’t have control as he backed into the zone.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Huh? There was 2 powerplays to 0. It wasn’t exactly ridiculously one-sided.

      • joestemme - May 22, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        Game 2 had a 5 to 1 power play opportunity advatage for the Angels…er…Rangers. That’s 7 to 1 in the last two games! The B’s had a 4 to 3 PP edge in game one.

        Series so far:

        B’s 5 power plays
        Saints…er… Rangers – 10

      • hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        So it maintains a 2 to 1 pace over the course of a series, not exactly shocking or ostentatious.

      • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        It most certainly was, the Rangers were playing dirty out of the gate, so at some point, the B’s had to respond in kind. The Rangers got 0 penalties to the B’s 2, and the amount and severity of the Rangers penalties were much worse to start off, Then the B’s joined in because they have to protect themselves. Loved it when Dorsett was trying to get Marchand to fight, so, Julien sent Thornton out to match up to him and he ran home crying like a baby.

        The best part was that NY ended up getting the most injuries out of the exchanges that they started.. Karma.

      • sabatimus - May 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        The holding call on Jagr was phantom, and the so-called hooking on Horton occurred because the Ranger player lowered his arms to pin Horton’s stick to his chest. The Rangers? They got away with two obvious high-stickings (one of which would have been 4:00) and numerous holdings. So while the number of power plays was close, the number of missed calls was totally unacceptable.

    • lombardisshineinfoxborough - May 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Yes, the NHL loves Boston so much which is evident by all of the powerplays they’ve received this series and year. And the Rangers came back down 2-0 to win last series and two of the three games so far this series have been decided by one goal, including an OT game. Hardly “frauds” if you ask me. There really should be a basic IQ test requiring people score higher than say, a squirrel, before they’re allowed to post here so we can all be spared completely idiotic posts like yours.

      • taintedlombardis - May 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        The Lombardis don’t shine in Foxborough.

        P.S. ***

      • lombardisshineinfoxborough - May 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Hey Taint(mouth), come on up to Foxborough and you can see the trophies first hand. Based on you’re whining about both the Bruins and Rangers, I am guessing you’re a Pitt fan, and was wondering, do they actually have the syringes on display with the Lombardi trophies of your own at Heinz Field?


      • theageofquarrel - May 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        I am sure the ones in Foxborough have the video tapes of Belicheat with them

  10. tdrusher225 - May 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    The Rangers look like a team that is ready to have their season ended, and especially ready to have their coach fired. That did not look like a team that is on the brink of defeat. The lack of desperation and intensity has to be very alarming, and telling of a group of players that no longer have their hearts in it. If that’s what the Rangers look like when Tortorella’s job is on the line, it’s pretty safe to say his days are numbered.

    • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      TORT reform!

  11. therolandobottom - May 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Zebras did all they could for the Blueshirts, still wasn’t enough! Go B’s!

    • stakex - May 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      First of all, if the refs were trying to help the Rangers the absolute last thing they would do is give them a power play. Not to mention the power players were only 2-0, and calls were missed on both sides. The refs just let them play the second half, which makes for a better game.

      Besides, its playoff hockey in 2013. The team thats down always gets the benefit of the doubt. I don’t agree with that, but thats just the way the NHL works in the commercial world where longer series = more money.

      • drewsylvania - May 21, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        So the refs *are* biased.

  12. cosmo83 - May 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Rags obviously have the refs on their payroll,

    • jkay1818 - May 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      yeah, they pay the referees. no one knows including other owners, gm’s, coaches and players. You discovered it. They meet in a car before the games and slip them money.
      Do you hear how ridiculous you sound?

      • drewsylvania - May 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        They’re not paid by the teams. They’re paid by the league. Which has a strong interest in extra games and large markets. $$$.

  13. loinstache - May 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Meanwhile Caps fans are trying to swallow a ‘told you so’

    • wikidpissah - May 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      The difference is that the Caps used it as an excuse.

      • taintedlombardis - May 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        It’s not an excuse when it’s real. If you don’t think refs/calls/non-calls can’t change outcomes, please don’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

      • wikidpissah - May 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Read it again, slowly this time. Move your lips this time if it helps. I didn’t say it wasn’t real. I said that the Caps used it as an excuse. When things like bad, or non calls happen, teams can either push past it and not let it affect them, or use it to justify why they lost.

  14. pastabelly - May 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    These officials are going to get players killed if they call games like that. Game 4 will get nasty if the Bs go up by 2.

    • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      Absolutely.. Thing is, Rangers brought it, started it, and got their butts kicked in both game play and good old-fashioned a-whopping.. How many rangers ended in the locker room in the third period, once the B’s accepted that the Zebras left their Rangers whistle in the locker room and had to take matters into their own hands?

  15. oquintero99 - May 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I’m surprised that Pierre made a correct assessment.

    • sabatimus - May 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Just remove the -essment and the surprise magically vanishes.

  16. acuratech348 - May 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Tonight’s game was quite the blood bath. It was a good game all the way through. Being a B’s fan and seeing what I saw in this post season so far, I didn’t count the Rangers out even with 11secs on the clock. I could see them scoring a dirty goal band coming back to win in over time.. Good game. Can’t wait for thurs night

  17. dlk75150 - May 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Richards has been overrated since he came to Dallas. His good years are long gone and I am glad he left!

    • stakex - May 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Richards had a couple good years with Dallas, including a 91 point season three years ago which was the best year of his career. So I’m not sure I would say he was over rated while in Dallas… but something sure has hell has gone wrong in the last couple years. The wheels haven’t fallen off the car, the car blew up.

  18. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Horrible! Horrible! Horrible! Rangers should be ashamed of the way they played. If not for the king they would have been blown out tonight.

  19. taintedlombardis - May 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Rangers don’t belong in the post season. They aren’t on the PK nearly enough as is warranted. NHL really trying to “nudge” for an extended series. We saw it last round. And we are seeing it again. Thank god the Spurs are on ESPN. I need to watch a real sport.

    • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      Had me right up until you said ‘Real sport on ESPN’.. Was the Pro Bowler’s Tour on last night?

      • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        Which of those 2 sports has had a controversy over refs taking money or gambling the last 5 years? Also, when was the last time LeBron James was called for a foul, let alone traveling? He hears a whistle and by reflexing response, he walks to the free throw line and waits. Its not even a thought process for him anymore, its like the old experiment with a dog, a bell, and his food. So, if you want to criticize the NHL officiating, go ahead, but don’t you dare try to hold the NBA officiating on a pedestal and say the NHL should be like them.

  20. bigdaddy44 - May 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    It’s no surprise that the refs swallow their whistles for the team in the biggest TV market in the US. They are desperate to make back lost revenue from the lockout. The NHL is just as crooked as the NBA, which officiates their games as if they are World Wide Wrestling. Stern and Bettman have obviously had more than a few drinks together recently. I wonder which one bought the dinner and paid for the hotel room.
    And by the way did anyone hear that whooshing sound every time Krug rushed up the ice. That was not from his speed, but from the wind rushing up Klode’s butt. Klod is now plotting at this moment on how he can get rid of Krug before the next game. How dare he actually use his skills and play outside of Clod’s system. Creativity has absolutely no place on his team, Krug must be leashed or banished. This clown has been stifling Seguin since day one, his team hates to play during the regular season, and he even sat on Have immediately when he got here. Gretzky would have never broken 80 points under Klaude. Orr and Coffey would have been 40 point players. This team wins in the playoffs in spite of their coach and his system that breeds mediocrity. Tim Thomas took them from mediocre to a cup winner in 2011. They could win this year with a great performance from Rask and because of having tremendous depth top to bottom. It would be no thanks to Claude Julianna. Best case scenario – Bruins win cup – then fire the coach before the parade. WOOOOOO!!!

    • bman7206 - May 22, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      I just love these buffoons that claim the Bruins constantly are winning DESPITE Julien. They should just fire him now and play out the rest of the postseason without a coach! Morons.

    • bruininnh1984 - May 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

      you my sir, are an idiot. to say that they are winning in spite of claude jullien, is just asinine. i cannot sit here and believe we are one win away from the CF’s and you’re calling for claude’s head. if they had lost that game to toronto, then yeah he should be fired. but to say he should be fired because he’s not using seguin properly? have you watched him play at all these playoffs, or even during the regular season. he’s clearly regressed from last year. i’m not saying that he can’t be better, cause he’s still young. he will get better, but don’t you think that you’re overrating seguin a little bit?

    • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Julien coached a masterful game last night… Kept with the 4th line, which ended up creating ALL of the Bruins chances, while stale tortilla shortened the bench to 2+ lines and wore his players out. .They were too tired to compete at the end.

      THAT IS COACHING whether you like it or not.

  21. govtminion - May 22, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Is anyone else baffled by all the claims that the refs are biased? Yes, the Rangers never got called for a penalty- and yes, there should have been one on the Chara high-stick. But it’s not like the Bruins got called for half a dozen or anything. Two penalties called on Boston doesn’t exactly sound like the refs were out to get them or anything.

    The refs didn’t call much tonight. Big deal. Enough with the ridiculous conspiracy theories- you all are smarter than to believe something that balls-slappingly stupid.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      Thank you for making sense (except there was one penalty on the Rangers but your overall point is correct).

      • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        Um, there were 0 powerplays for the B’s, a 4 on 4 yes, but no power plays, and the B’s started after they realized the Rangers were getting away with EVERYTHING. McGuire even quipped that the B’s bench was incredulous on a hold to prevent a breakaway.. I think that was the moment Julien told them that they also should play to the way the refs are calling it, and that’s when they started, so to say that ‘Well, the B’s did too.’ is not only a bad excuse, but factually WRONG.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I didn’t see any facts that you pointed out as wrong.

        I never said they had a powerplay and based on your post, reading comprehension seems to be a difficult concept for you.

      • jimthebear - May 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        I wasn’t trying to reply to you, Hickey, apologies. It was meant for govtminion

    • joestemme - May 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Only a Ranger fan (or an NHL apologist) could term a 7 to 1 power play advantage for NY over the last two games as not a “big deal”.

      SEVEN to one, folks.

      And, this has been a pretty tight series despite the 3-0 Bruins series lead. There is no way that is statistically normal.

      • govtminion - May 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Actually I’m a pretty diehard Bruins fan who just chooses to not believe in wild conspiracy theories to explain why a team struggles or why another team has a streak of luck. You know, ‘rational thought’. Take the tin-foil off your head and try it.

        Perhaps- and I’m just saying- perhaps the Rangers aren’t getting called for penalties often because they’re not doing a whole lot of things that deserve penalties? Chara’s high-stick last night was a big gaff, no doubt, but I haven’t seen a whole lot overall between this and the Caps series that really warranted calls.

  22. anthonykornheiser - May 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Drewsylvania, YIKES!!! Based on your Whiney posts, this is exactly how I pictured you to look

    • theageofquarrel - May 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM


    • sabatimus - May 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      You’re fishing for dating while on PHT? Now that’s GOTTA be a new low.

  23. eaglesbest - May 22, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Despite the refs best efforts tonight Boston still won. Good job B’s.

  24. gallyhatch - May 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    Rangers have been awarded 11 straight power plays on home ice, going back to the first period of game 4 against the Caps. That’s 162 minutes of penalty free hockey.

    I don’t think the refs are favoring the Rangers over any other team, but I do think there could be something behind the whole “extend the series” idea.

    One thing’s for sure, the officiating has been disgusting across the board this post season. Not just this series, but throughout the league.

    • ballistictrajectory - May 22, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      // …disgusting across the board this post season…//

      More than the post season. There have been some pretty bad calls/non-calls going back about two seasons. Let’s not forget that offside on the left coast a while back where the offending player was closer to the faceoff circle than the blue line but the goal was still awarded.

      The overall quality of the officiating in the NHL (and AHL) has declined significantly since before the 2004 lockout. Maybe the leagues are using a ouiji board to decide how to call each game before the puck drops.

      I’d like to see a page on the NHL site devoted to rating officials like the stats page is there for players.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Are you going to tell me the Caps don’t take more stupid penalties than most teams?

  25. 8man - May 22, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Seems as if the Bruins have maintained a sense of urgency after their near death experience against Toronto. They fought through a lot tonight to get that win. A win Thursday would be enormous considering it would put the Rangers away and it’s in New York.

  26. capsfan19 - May 22, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Bigdaddy44 is drunk!

  27. banger60 - May 22, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    one more nail left, warm up your voices for the sad singing and the slow walking, Go Rangers, next year! p.s. find a damn power play and a new coach, it’s time, been fun.

  28. johnstone17 - May 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Bottom line: The Bruins are bigger, stronger & faster. They are constantly beating the Rangers to pucks. They look like the fresher team. Based on ice time, Julien is doing a better job keeping his team fresher. Rask, when challenged has been outstanding. Also, the Ramgers have had no presence in front of the net. Not having Clowe hurts there. Seems nobody else on this roster is willing to pay the price to work in front of the net. Brian Boyle looks like a tobacco store indian when he does get to the front.

    • patsfiend - May 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      “tobacco store indian”… nice, made me laugh. So much talk about what a “giant” Chara is, but Boyle isn’t that much smaller than him, and unlike Chara in this series who seems to be everywhere at once, Boyle has been practically invisible.

  29. tfaltin - May 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    This has been a tough series to stomach. I’ve looked forward to this matchup for years, and my team has absolutely imploded. The Bruins want it more in the final frame every night. It looks like the Rangers have been suffocated by their own system. There’s no question the Rangers have talent on their roster: Nash, Stepan, Callahan, Brassard, Richards (I think he just doesnt know what to do anymore), Kreider (if only he played); it’s just never allowed to come to fruition. Before we completely waste Hank, can we get a coach who will let the players play?

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