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07:17 AM ET 05.24 | Well, the move worked, at least in a sense. John Tortorella scratched struggling center Brad Richards with the Rangers facing a do-or-die Game 4 at the Garden Thursday night, risking the loss of the locker room for removing a leader from the lineup. But after a 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins, the Blueshirts coach defended both his decision and Richards. ... "I need to make decisions for what I feel is right for a team to win [Thursday's] game, and that's why I made that decision," Tortorella said. "This is a Conn Smythe winner, a guy I've grown up with, a guy that I love as a person and a player, but I have to make that decision regarding this. So kiss my ass if you want to run something different. It's not about blaming that guy."

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May 24, 2013  08:02 AM ET

Let me be the first to predict Richards in a Wild uniform next season

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May 24, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Watching Chara, Rusk and some of the other Bruins, you couldn't help but conclude that they weren't seriously trying to win that hockey game last night. Those two free goals were laughable. That's the only way the Rags can score more than two goals in a game. I guess they felt sorry for the Rangers and let them save face, maybe hoping one win it's enough to keep Tortafella in New York for at least another year.

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May 24, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

maybe hoping one win it's enough to keep Tortafella in New York for at least another year.

We can only hope.

Any chance he breaks the Walrus' record for "shortest post game interview after getting your a_s kicked and eliminated from the playoofs"?

May 24, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yeah, Tuukka Rask forgetting momentarily how to play goal won this game for the Rangers, not anybody on their own team.Of course, I would be that stunned too if I saw the Rangers actually cross my blue line in a game...

The first goal was as insane a goal as I have ever seen. But either from sense of urgency or whatever else, from the 2nd half of the game on, the Rangers looked like a grown up hockey team again. And to correct a bit, they have crossed the bruins' blue line lots of times...but I'm guessing they don't much like it, for they certainly don't hang around very long.
As far as benching Richards...I think it's okay. Coachs are notoriously loyal, and sometimes that loyality is misplaced. So for Torts to bench him showed a bit of intestinal fortitude, and doing what (he believed) was best for the team. As far as his request for posterior affection for anyone that didn't like it...he's right. There's an olde baseball saying that you never let the press or the fans pick your starting pitcher, and I agree.

May 24, 2013  09:13 AM ET

What will T&R do without Tort's pressers after the game? We'll be reduced to reading about Wild trades, is MAF gone from the Burgh and what is Roy's title actually?

May 24, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yeah, Tuukka Rask forgetting momentarily how to play goal won this game for the Rangers, not anybody on their own team.

Of course, I would be that stunned too if I saw the Rangers actually cross my blue line in a game...

Let this be a lesson to all you kids out there. Never borrow Burkie's water bottle....

May 24, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Watching Chara, Rusk and some of the other Bruins, you couldn't help but conclude that they weren't seriously trying to win that hockey game last night. Those two free goals were laughable. That's the only way the Rags can score more than two goals in a game. I guess they felt sorry for the Rangers and let them save face, maybe hoping one win it's enough to keep Tortafella in New York for at least another year.

First goal is something I would expect from Rask.....thank god there's no real pressure on him...and I know the B's want win on their home ice....

May 24, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The first goal was as insane a goal as I have ever seen. But either from sense of urgency or whatever else, from the 2nd half of the game on, the Rangers looked like a grown up hockey team again. And to correct a bit, they have crossed the bruins' blue line lots of times...but I'm guessing they don't much like it, for they certainly don't hang around very long.As far as benching Richards...I think it's okay. Coachs are notoriously loyal, and sometimes that loyality is misplaced. So for Torts to bench him showed a bit of intestinal fortitude, and doing what (he believed) was best for the team. As far as his request for posterior affection for anyone that didn't like it...he's right. There's an olde baseball saying that you never let the press or the fans pick your starting pitcher, and I agree.

One shift at a time Spiny....one shift at a time.....

May 24, 2013  09:36 AM ET

We have the Caps...errr.. Bruins right where we want them. Rooting for this team is like having a pitchfork drilled slowly into your forehead....you just want it to end.

May 24, 2013  09:48 AM ET

It's nice to see he actually has feelings...and that he'd bench his mother if he had to.

May 24, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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One shift at a time Spiny....one shift at a time.....

for certain....I was just happy to see the big boys playing last night. Nash's pass to kreider on the game winner was brilliant...and maddening in equal measure. Same with Stepan and Cally and hagelin...et.al
Where the heck was that stuff in games 1-3?

May 24, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

It's nice to see he actually has feelings...and that he'd bench his mother if he had to.

if it'd help the team...which is, as I recall.. his job....

May 24, 2013  09:52 AM ET

From the ....... ya gotta love 'em file....

May 24, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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What will T&R do without Tort's pressers after the game? We'll be reduced to reading about Wild trades, is MAF gone from the Burgh and what is Roy's title actually?

Agreed Slap...please no more Wild stuff..Roy's a joke and MAF is on the pine til TV breaks his leg

May 24, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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for certain....I was just happy to see the big boys playing last night. Nash's pass to kreider on the game winner was brilliant...and maddening in equal measure. Same with Stepan and Cally and hagelin...et.alWhere the heck was that stuff in games 1-3?

Didn't see the game was working....tried to listen on NHL gamecenter...got to busy....

May 24, 2013  10:03 AM ET

The best part was when the audio malfunctioned and caught Torts mid-rant from the bench. You could read his lips and hear the f bombs dropping.............Like the blitzkrieg it was. "We apologize for the language............."

May 24, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Nash's pass to kreider on the game winner was brilliant...

Sure was.

 
May 24, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

for certain....I was just happy to see the big boys playing last night. Nash's pass to kreider on the game winner was brilliant...and maddening in equal measure. Same with Stepan and Cally and hagelin...et.alWhere the heck was that stuff in games 1-3?

The real Rangers finally stood up.

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