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Goal breakdown: Bruins send Rangers home with Game 5 win

Well, it was fun while it lasted. The Bruins –the better team throughout the series– sent the Rangers home today with a 3-1 win in Game Five. Torey Krug was an absolute killer in this series, and he scored the game tying goal in this game. That’s the season, so here’s the final goal breakdown of the year:

Rangers 1, Bruins 0

Lots of things done right on this shift.

Lots of things done right on this shift.

The Rangers scored on the powerplay for the second game in a row.

Ok, now that this has sunk in, the Rangers didn’t really have a strong powerplay shift until this goal. Michael Del Zotto started by fighting off a forechecker and making a one-handed pass to Chris Kreider in the defensive zone. Kreider skated through and dumped the puck in, and more importantly, took a hit on the chase to move the puck to the weak side. Dan Girardi eventually wound up with the puck, and drew Danny Paille to him while flipping a backhanded pass to Mats Zuccarello between the top of the circle and the blue line. At this point, Gregory Campbell cheats down a bit, and Girardi reads this and gets in a position to shoot at the point. His one-timer went through everyone, including a Brian Boyle screen in front, and to the back of the net.

Bruins 1, Rangers 1

Eminger out of position, Cally has to cover. Weak side is open.

Eminger out of position, Cally has to cover. Weak side is open.

The Rangers special teams giveth, the Rangers special teams taketh. The Blueshirts have had trouble all series killing penalties, specifically whenever Torey Krug shoots. This time was no different. During a routine zone entry and setup, Krug came in late and circled from the blue line to the top of the weak side circle. Steve Eminger is a bit out of position, as he should have Tyler Seguin in front, but he’s over by the boards. This causes Ryan Callahan to cover the slot instead of watching the pass to the weak side. Krug slipped into the open ice, and Cally couldn’t get over in time to deflect the pass or block the shot. With the way Krug has been playing, the goal was a certainty.

Bruins 2, Rangers 1

Five Bruins in the picture, three around the pass. Bad idea.

Five Bruins in the picture, three around the pass. Bad idea.

This is why Roman Hamrlik never really played as a Ranger. His ill-advised pass (pictured above) gave the Bruins puck possession in the neutral zone. Then his again ill-advised half-attempt to get the loose puck at the blue line caused a rough transition and eventually led to Gregory Campbell going untouched to pick up a rebound in the scrum in front.

Bruins 3, Rangers 1

Empty net.

That’s all folks. All things considered, the season wasn’t a total loss. Time to regroup and come back strong next year.

32 Responses to “Goal breakdown: Bruins send Rangers home with Game 5 win”

  1. Chuck A says:

    Things to do in 13-14: Depth, depth, depth.

    Thanks, BSB, for being “The Place” for NYR hockey!

  2. joe719 says:

    The lineup on the ice for the 2nd Boston goal:
    Dorsett
    Haley
    Newberry
    Hamrlik
    Eminger
    Against the 4th line for Boston: The only line that had real offensive presence the whole Series
    In a tie game, an elimination game; this is the best line that our fearless leader could construct.
    Don’t bother trying to force their guys to have to worry about some offensive threat of our own; just keep sending Dorsett out there to try and start fights. Hank’s reaction after the goal said it all!!!! And the really sad part, he probably wont get fired, and we’ll see this all again next year!!! And another great year by Lundqvist will be wasted again! Right now, there is NO hope!!!

  3. Evan says:

    Just awful hockey. Out classed. Out coached.

    We have the talent. Coach has to go.

    Spoke to someone who is good friends with Del zotto. Del zotto told him he isn’t happy with how he has played but he said rangers are being completely out coached. Can’t imagine how awful it must be to play under a coach who benches you if you don’t listen to him. Torts made zero adjustments to deal with point play of other teams and it allows rookies like krug to look like bobby Orr.

    We have talent. Rangers have regressed offensively under torts year over year as the team adds more talent and our youth gets older. This site has been a giant torts apologist and it has to stop. I pray he is fired and we get a new look

    • Justin says:

      Evan, I know you have maintained an obvious anti-Torts stance as long as I remember you commenting here. But, if you are going to accuse us of being apologist, which implies we are covering for something obviously wrong and misguided, can you please lay out for us your beef with Torts specifically, other than the fact he’s rude to the media and he hasn’t gotten results that you are happy with?

      A detailed breakdown of the specific deficiencies of his systems, his personal impact on player development/execution and other relevant factors would be greatly appreciated.

    • PopsTwitTar says:

      Right…cause the guy we should be listening to is Del Zotto. He is awful. Yea yea yea inb4 “D men mature at 24-25″. Wait all you want, Del Zotto’s offense is not developing any faster than his defense, and he will never be good enough at O to cover his D shortcomings, which are legion. One more year, and please god let him walk.

    • Dave says:

      Evan, your opinion is a popular one. We know we are in the minority in our support for Torts.

      However, we are not Torts “apologists” then you need to tell us what we are covering up for him.

      We present facts, and back it up with pictures and stats to make our arguments. If you disagree, that’s fine, you’re entitled to your own opinion.

      Do not make baseless accusations against us. It will not end well for you here.

  4. Bloomer says:

    Fire Torts and what..go back to the prior years of missing the playoffs with overrated has beens? The Rangers make shift defence could not handle the Big Bad Bruins. Even if Scotty Bowman was coaching the Rangers they were doomed. I like this Ranger team a lot and Torts record speaks for itself. And this website rocks! Anyways got to get some sleep I have an early Tee time tommorow!

  5. Evan says:

    Torts record as coach speaks for itself since he’s come on. Hank makes him look good. That is the bottom line. Should have lost every game this series if not for hank.

    We add more talent year over year Justin. Our youth gets older and more mature and the offense looks worse. The PP is an embarrassment. The penalty kill got worse. I stayed optimistic cause I always think the rangers will win, but we were being delusional. Just tired of you guys taking no hard line with totrts. i made one comment about his press conference and you act like that’s where my hate for him comes from. Ridiculous. The results on the ice are all I needed to see. Our record against legit playoff teams (not Washington who feasts on their awful division) speaks for itself. New coach is needed. That is all

    -rangers fan for life

    • Ren says:

      Again baseless reasoning. To sum up your comment “we didn’t win, did worse then last year, so fire torts” as if that is the only variable. You act like half the roster didn’t turn over with a shortened season with no training camp. Not every coach has the pleasure of looking good coaching the eastern conference allstars *cough*dan bylsma* .

    • Spozo says:

      We didn’t win. So every year are 31 coaches fired and everyone just switches?

  6. Seahorse says:

    4th lines win championships. jt miller development a necessity for the 3rd line and a boyle centered 4th. and clowe is needed badly for playoff toughness, grit and skill, sign him up for next year.

    and those standin on the ledge, just think about john moore glidin up and down the ice for the next 10 years

    • Dave says:

      This is what we’ve been preaching for 2 years now. When Boyle is the FOURTH line center, this team has the depth to win.

  7. Jeff P says:

    Well, that’s that. I do think Torts gets one more year. And as much as their fourth line outplayed ours, they won this series because they had Torey Krug to step in, and we didn’t.

  8. Batman says:

    To those who say we have the talent…no, not true…not when you have to dress 20. We got nothing from the fourth line all year, and little from the third line. Boston’s 4th line scored and scored afsin…much like Jersey last year. Both the Blueshirts and B’s had multiple injuries to the defense. Boston plugs in a guy who scores four goals in five games. We have to play a human statue (Hamrlik). We need to get deeper.

    • Ren says:

      Thank you. I can’t stand these knuckle dragging neanderthals blindly blaming torts. Give a reasonable reason with some back bone or just sit back down. At least the man has the balls to take responsibility even though it is not his fault this team was gutted (depth wise) over the off season, was just straight mediocre until the trade deadline. Several key players get injured, and we have a 4th line that should be a 4th line at the AHL level, under-preforming superstars.

      Yea lets blame torts.

      • Evan says:

        Torts takes responsibility?? Are you joking me now?

        How about the PP and PK? Haven’t heard him say a word about how ineptitude on that.

        And give me a break to everybody who is arguing we don’t have talent. Renney did just as much with jagr and Henrik.

        • Dave says:

          Renney never went to a Conference Finals, and only advanced to the second round twice.

          • VinceR says:

            I believe they have also scored more under Torts, but of course a Torts team can’t score, so Renney did better? People have short memories.

            • Dave says:

              They average about 0.5 GPG more under Torts.

              • Spozo says:

                I really can’t stand when you guys use these fancy statistics to back up your arguments. I much prefer vague and broad opinion.

      • roadrider says:

        Well more than one thing can be true at the same time. Yes, injuries hurt the Rangers and Tortorella can’t be blamed for that. But at the same time he was very slow to bench Richards or even take him off the PP and his system – defense first, retreat into the box in the defensive zone and hope the goalie can win the game for you, and more importantly – the team built around that system which he presumably has a lot of say in – has not proven to work.

        As far as the lack of scoring – you can’t score if you don’t create chances and the Rangers did not really create that many because the forecheck was inconsistent, the puck movement was way too tentative and often faulty (bad passes, guys out of position) and shots didn’t get through. At least some of that is coaching.

        As others have pointed out the Bruins had injury issues too. The difference is that they had the organizational depth to overcome it. That’ s probably more on Sather than Tortorella, but the coach does have a role in player development and it’s not clear to me that Tortorella is strong in this area either.

  9. Evan says:

    As for a proper write up to the season and points about torts go to

    http://Www.hockeyrodent.com

    Proper recap and everything I’ve been preaching about torts this whole post season.

  10. Mikeyyy says:

    Would two playoff runs with a 5% powerplay and a failing pk help?

    I don’t like torts at all. It took him till game 4 to bench br.

    He has had two totally different rosters with elite talent, and these are the results….

    While it won’t happen….I want messier on the bench.

  11. Walt says:

    Let me start by saying this blog has been great, and in spite of our disagreements, your the best in the business!

    I’m proud that the team put up a fight after going down 3-0, and didn’t roll over and play dead, as so many other editions in the past have done.

    If nothing else, this series showed us how to build a team. Boston is big, tough, talented, and rolls four lines. We are somewhat undersized at the forward position, and not as talented. Slats has to look at next year, and make some moves to meet these needs, and rid ourselves of some dead wood. Guys like Pyatt, Richards, even Asham have to go. Replace them with the likes of JT Miller, Kreider, Clowe (if cost is reasonable), some free agents that are quick, mean, and talented. I don’t know how many there are out there, but that’s what they pay Slats to do.

    On defense we can let Eminger walk, replace him with McIlrath, and with a healthy Staal, we should be set at that position. McIlrath will bring a dimention that is lacking on our D, grit. He will clear the slot, and could throw hay makers should the need arrive. Strahls could be our 7th man, and make a true run for the cup.

    As for Torts, I won’t kick a dead horse, I expressed myself enough times, enough said.

    In closing, the BSB is run like a class organization, and I want to thank you all for a job well done!!

    • Dave says:

      Thanks Walt. Much appreciated. Always enjoy debating with you.

      We aren’t going anywhere, lots of offseason to discuss.

      • Spozo says:

        I’m not one who really cares about the thumbs up or down but seriously why did this post get a single thumbs down? You thanks a reader and said you have more material that will go up in the future.

        Unless it was a mistake I just don’t get it haha