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Rangers need better game from Girardi

May 21, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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At least two people are confident that Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi will bounce back from a tough outing.

“He’s going to have a great game in Game 3,” said Girardi’s frequent blue-liner partner, Ryan McDonagh, yesterday.

“He’ll play his best game,” added Rangers head coach John Tortorella today.

Girardi was on the ice for all five Boston goals during Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Bruins.’s Dan Rosen has all the gory details:

He invaded Lundqvist’s line of sight with screens on goals by Torey Krug and Johnny Boychuk. Gregory Campbell scored after Krug’s shot from the point hit Girardi’s skate. Brad Marchand beat Girardi badly to gain inside position for a re-direct from the slot. Instead of staying on his feet to potentially clear the puck away, Girardi slid through the slot and right out of position on Milan Lucic‘s goal.

Here’s the Marchand goal:

Girardi leads all Rangers in average ice time (26:01) in the playoffs. The 29-year-old is especially key to his team’s success given Marc Staal‘s absence.

Game 3 of the Rangers-Bruins series (Boston leads, 2-0) goes tonight at Madison Square Garden.

  1. mgp1219 - May 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Girardi is a solid d-man. He’ll be fine. As a B’s fan, I respect him and the way he plays the game. would love him here in Boston.

    That being said…GO B’S!!!

    • tfaltin - May 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Exactly, he’s not the guy the Rangers have to worry about. That guy would be Tuukka Rask.

    • 950003cups - May 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Speaking of Girardi. Anyone remember him standing around like a spectator watching Carcillo beat up Gaborik, then having Tortorella embarrass Girardi for not taking a “3rd man in” penalty?


  2. jaredo10 - May 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Our Forecheck needs to show up as well. Which is will tonight at the REAL GARDENNNNNN

  3. gmenfan1982 - May 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Girardi is a monster of a D-man. He”ll bounce back. He’s probably the most consistent player on the team up there with Callahan and McDonagh.

  4. johnstone17 - May 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Not making excuses for him, but I think he’s both hurt & fatigued. Something doesn’t look right to me.

    • barkar942 - May 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I checked on his biorhythm. Sunday was a total bottoming out of all of his levels. They look much better for tonight’s game.

    • tfaltin - May 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Hopefully Staal can return and take some minutes from him. And hopefully we can sustain some offensive pressure to make his shifts a bit easier.

  5. billyhauntswizards - May 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Girardi has played hurt all season. I respect him for that.

    • johnstone17 - May 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      He always does. Just at the end of the Capitals series & the first two games in this series something just doesn’t seem right.

  6. c1md6 - May 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    It has nothing to so with girardi, it’s the cancer they partnered him with, delzaster. Why do you think staal who’s an Allstar caliber dman was having so many issues this year, delzotto left him out to dry so many times. Girardi who’s been a rock all year has a terrible game and guess who he was paired with, delzaster. There’s a common variable here, watch tonight how out of position he is, pinches when he shouldn’t, and is a turnover machine.

  7. adge84 - May 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    I agree. Nothing to worry about with Girardi. He is one of the few Rangers who have earned a reprieve as well. Really it’s just him, McDonaugh, the King, and Callahan that I never get upset with when they mess up. He’s so consistent that he has earned the occasional off night.

  8. bruininnh1984 - May 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I think that entire rangers team needs to show up tonight, otherwise they’ll be lucky to win one at home. That being said, the bruins need to put their foot on the neck of the rangers and put a stranglehold on this series by winning tonight. with that in mind, i think the rangers show up tonight and play desperate enough to win.

  9. banger60 - May 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    they all have to play better, must win tonight or it will be sad singing and slow walking. GO RANGERS!

  10. capsfan19 - May 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I agree with the comments above, who is girardi paired with? Exactly….
    Same as in the caps rags series, as much i love carlson, he left erskine out to dry wayy too much.

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