New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella announced that Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch for tonight's Game 4 against the Boston Bruins.
The Rangers will also play defenseman Roman Hamrlik in place of the injured Anton Stralman.
Richards has been struggling throughout the playoffs and has been playing on the fourth line. Richards played a postseason-low 8:10 in Game 3's loss to Boston. Richards has only one goal and a -3 rating so far in this postseason.
Richards said of the scratch, "I'm surprised, I guess. I'm disappointed."
Tortorella hasn't said very much about his lineup tonight other than Richards being out and Hamrlik in. At this time, Tortorella hasn't announced who will take Richards place in the lineup.
Hamrlik hasn't played since April 1st against the Winnipeg Jets. Hamrlik will replace the injured Anton Stralman who took a hit to head from Milan Lucic in Game 3 and as a precaution will miss the all important Game 4.
Boston Bruins star Tyler Seguin is young, rich, and a Stanley Cup champion. He's very successful and talented on the ice, but when it comes to cleaning your house, he's pretty awful at it.
Swiss tabloid, Blick, reported that Tyler Seguin pretty much lived in a dirty frat house during his time in Switzerland. The tabloid reported that Seguin tried to wash his clothes in the dryer, didn't know how to use the dishwasher so he bought plastic tableware, and the floor was littered with Coca-Cola bottles.
The floor was also littered with coins worth about 220 francs. Rotten bananas were left on the table. The cleaning company had to spend an entire day to clean up the bathroom.
Marc Lüpold, managing director of the cleaning company hired to clean Seguin's apartment, told Blick, "You could tell it was the first time a young, single man had an apartment."
C'mon! Washing clothes in the clothes dryer?! Even I know how to use a washing machine. Also, you didn't he just wash his plates and silverware by hand, like normal people.
After Chick-Fil-A's owner came out publicly against gay marriage, it has been a part of a PR nightmare. They are losing endorsement deals (The Muppets) and they are now persona non grata in the city of Boston. But now they have a big name in its corner.
Boston Bruin goaltender Tim Thomas took to Facebook to express his support of Chick-Fil-A.
His post said:
I stand with Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A is privately owned by the Cathy family. The company president, Dan Cathy, drew the wrath of gay rights advocates and supporters when he made recent statements that some have alleged are anti-gay.
Cathy told Baptist Press that the company was unapologetically in favor of traditional marriage.
“Guilty as charged,” he said. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
In a separate interview on the Ken Coleman Show — Cathy suggested that the nation could face God’s wrath over the redefinition of marriage.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
This isn't the first time that Thomas has caused a stir with his Facebook page. Thomas refused to visit the White House after winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and criticized President Obama for taking peoples rights away.
One Bruin teammate was asked about the comment and said he could not comment because right now Thomas isn't a teammate of his. Thomas is on a leave of absence from the Boston Bruins and is not expected to play this season.
Its been quite a day for former Boston Bruin and Washington Capitals captain Adam Oates. First he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and now he was named the newest head coach was the Washington Capitals.
Oates has been an assistant coach for the past three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and more recently, the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils.
"We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals," said Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee, "Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons. He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach."
Oates spent his 19 year career with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, and Edmonton Oilers. He scored 341 goals and 1079 assists and only Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux recorded more assists than Oates.
The Boston Bruins made a trip to the White House as President Barack Obama honored the Stanley Cup champions. One key player was noticeably absent from the festivities.
Conn Smythe winner and Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas opted against joining his team at the White House, citing political reasons.
Thomas posted a statement on his Facebook page that said the following:
"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL. This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"
Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara said about Thomas' absence, "Honestly, I don't have any thoughts about it, that's what he decided to do and the rest of it is up to him."
Bruins team president and former player Cam Neely was disappointed, but supported Thomas' decision saying, "Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs and he chose not to join us, we certainly would have liked to have him come and join us, but that's his choice. Obviously it's not a choice that most of the guys, all the guys came except for Tim. That's his decision and his choice."
All in all it was a great visit by the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. President Obama congratulated them on their championship and praised the team for its charitable work. Obama said of the Bruins, "The Bruins, the Sox, the Celtics, now the Patriots. Enough already, Boston." He also called player Brad Marchand by his nickname: "Little ball of hate"
The Bruins face the Washington Capitals tomorrow night in Washington.
We continue our Year in Review, albeit a bit late, with our look at the Best Sports Moments 0f 2011.
Abby Wambach Keeps US Hopes Alive With Miracle Goal
Remember in the 2010 World Cup when Landon Donovan's goal lifted the US into the knockout round, only to lose to Ghana, GHANA!, and made Americans care about soccer for a hot minute. Well, Abby Wambach's goal in the 2011 Women's World Cup was perhaps bigger than Donovan's. If not for that goal, the US don't make it to the Finals, where they eventually lose to upstart Japan. This goal does not get nearly enough credit like Donovan's did.
Mavericks Defeat Big Three, Nation Rejoices
The Miami Heat have become the villains of the NBA ever since LeBron and Chris Bosh decided that it would just be easier to join a team of superstars to win a title rather than lead one, like Michael Jordan did. So when they reached the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, most of the US, except for a smattering of people in South Florida, were rooting for the Mavs. The Heat finally met their match going up against Dirk Nowitzki and Jason "Jet" Terry as the Mavs won the series in six games. I don't think I've been that happy during an NBA Finals since Jordan pushed off Byron Scott in the '98 Finals to give the Bulls their most recent title.
David Freese Goes From Goat To Hero In One Game
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese had quite a postseason winning the NLCS MVP and World Series MVP, but Game 6 every baseball fan can agree was quite a roller coaster. Freese had committed an awful error in the 5th inning when he dropped a routine pop up from Michael Young. That error allowed the Rangers to score later in the inning to take a one run lead. Then in the 9th inning, Freese stepped up to the plate with two outs against a young flame throwing closer in Neftali Feliz and hits a bases clearing triple to tie the game.
After the Rangers blew a two run lead in the 11th inning, Freese once again came to the plate against Mark Lowe, perhaps the Rangers weakest reliever, and hit a bomb to dead center field to force a Game 7 that the Cards would eventually win. ESPN's Buster Olney has said that Game 6 was the greatest game in baseball history.
Eric LeGrand Leads His Team On The Field After Spinal Cord Injury
This is perhaps the most inspirational moment of the year. Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand had suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making attempting to make a tackle last season in a game against Army. Doctors said that LeGrand would be paralyzed from the neck down, but in January, LeGrand defied the odds and regained feeling in his shoulders and sensation throughout his entire body. In July, LeGrand was able to stand with some assistance and was gaining feeling back in his arms.
On October 29, Eric LeGrand led his Rutgers teammates onto a snowy field for its game against West Virginia. LeGrand sat in his wheelchair with an ax across his lap symbolizing coach Greg Schiano's message to "Keep Chopping". LeGrand has indeed taken that motto to new heights.
Tim Thomas, Tim Thomas, Tim Thomas
As a Bruins fan, I feel I need to put this down on my list of moments. Without the outstanding goaltending of Thomas, the Bruins don't win the Cup. Hands down. Sure the Bruins have great pieces around him, but without solid goaltending you can't go far. Case in point, the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the epic seven game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thomas was perhaps his best in Game 7. The Bruins won Game 7 by the score of 1-0 and Thomas was a huge, if not the main, reason they won that game and the series. The Lightning gave the best challenge to the Bruins all playoffs, not the Canucks. Dwayne Roloson would not back down and if the Canucks had Roloson in net, Vancouver would be hoisting the Cup not Boston. Thomas' GAA was an outstanding 1.98 and his save percentage was .940. So, yeah Tim Thomas big, huge part of the Bruins Cup run.
September 28, 2011: Greatest Night of Baseball Ever
Four teams entered the final night of the baseball regular season with two spots on the line. The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox were trying to find a way to stop the bleeding and back their way into the postseason. The St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays were just trying to complete to epic comebacks and surprise the baseball world by making the postseason.
The Cards won rather easily over the Major's worst Houston Astros, but the other three games were of epic proportion. The Atlanta Braves blew a 9th inning lead to the Philadelphia Phillies and lost the game in extras to complete the meltdown. The Red Sox seemed to have the game locked up, at least according to Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy, and all of New England was calling for the umps to call the game early due to rain, but to no avail. Papelbon ends up blowing the save when Red Sox killer Robert Andino lined a hit to left field that came up short from a diving Carl Crawford's glove. The Red Sox lost to the Orioles and were now rooting for the Yanks.
The Yankees had a SEVEN run lead in their game against the Rays, but in true Boston sports fan tradition the Rays came all the way back to tie it in the 9th inning when seldom used Dan Johnson just cleared the right field fence to tie the game. Red Sox fans should have known something was up when Joe Girardi kept one of his seldom used, worst relievers in the game for 2 and 2/3 innings and didn't use Rivera to close the game. Again in true Boston sports fans tradition, Evan Longoria launched a ball just over the left field wall and sent the Rays to the postseason and the Red Sox, and Terry Francona, packing.
I'm sure there is more, but I can't keep typing forever. If you have any more moments I should have mentioned, feel free to comment below. Have a Happy New Years, folks.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion when Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic collided into him.
Lucic and Miller collided in the first period after a puck just went out of Lucic's reach as Miller was trying to knock it away. Lucic was assessed a two minute charging minor for the hit. Miller stayed in the game giving up three more goals before being pulled in the second.
The Sabres have called up goaltender Drew MacIntyre from their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. There is no timetable for Miller's return. Miller went on to call Lucic "gutless" and "a piece of (expletive)".
Lucic is to meet with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan on Monday afternoon to review the hit and talk about any further punishment, if necessary.
I got into a debate with a friend of mine about who had the most exciting postseason, the 2004 Boston Red Sox or the 2011 Boston Bruins. He, and many others who chimed in, said the Bruins. I, and two other people, said the 2004 Red Sox.
People used the World Series as an example of why it wasn't exciting. The Red Sox World Series that year was a sweep, but did feature a very exciting Game 1 that was capped off by a two run home run by Mark Bellhorn in the eighth. But it all goes back to the grandiose American League Championship Series.
The Red Sox coming off a heartbreaking 2003 loss to the vaunted New York Yankees fell behind 0-3 and was three outs away from yet another defeat. Then the planets aligned and the heavens opened and the Red Sox miraculously won four straight to win the American League pennant. People also forget that the ALDS was won on a walk-off home run by David Ortiz.
The 2011 Boston Bruins playoff run was exciting don't get me wrong. The B's falling down 0-2 to the hated Canadiens before coming back to win Game 7 in overtime. The Flyers series was pretty much a stinker save for Game 2 when David Krejci scored a game winner in OT. The seven game defeat of the Tampa Bay Lightning included a 1-0 win in Game 7 and again falling 0-2 to the Vancouver Canucks before winning in seven. Tim Thomas was playing the best hockey of his career and the Bruins riding a wave of emotions after Game 3 when Aaron Rome viciously knocked out Nathan Horton.
Both teams were very similar when it comes to storylines and excitement, but in my opinion the Red Sox run in 2004 just beats out the 2011 Bruins. The Bruins are still fresh in people's minds and are just prisoner of the moment. When you think of the legions of Red Sox fans that have come and gone without seeing them win a World Series title, that right there takes the cake.
I might be a little biased in picking the Red Sox because of my brother. My brother, and pretty much everyone else in my family, is a Yankee fan and I had to endure and suffer through the Yankee dynasty as the Red Sox would just curl up and die when October came. For just one year, I finally had the upper hand and the Red Sox had finally broken through and beat the Yanks, in historic fashion nonetheless. I admit my eyes welled up a little when Keith Foulke tossed that ball to Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out I thought I would never see. My brother was away in college, so I didn't get to talk to him right after, but my mother received a phone call from my brother after the game and left a simple message: "Congratualtions".
I'm a huge Boston Bruins fan don't get me wrong (just ask my family during the playoffs), but that magical 2004 season cannot be beat in my mind. As Boston was finally kings of the baseball world and I could now gloat to my family members after years of suffering.
As a Bruins fan growing up, I remembered the Bruins rivalry with the Hartford Whalers for the fight for supremacy in New England. I'm sure even older fans remember a better rivalry than I. In the early 1990s these two teams played in some of the hardest fought games for the Adams Division crown and their rivalry with Boston was almost up there with the Bruins rivalry with the Canadiens.
Then in March of 1997, Whalers owner Peter Karmanos announced that the team would move to the hockey hotbed that is Raleigh, North Carolina. With that announcement came a heavy blow to Whaler Nation and the silence of the iconic Brass Bonanza. The NHL was a weird time back then with Gary Bettman choosing to expand out west and in the southeastern US while plucking teams from Winnipeg, Quebec City, and Hartford. One of these teams, the Phoenix Coyotes, are in such financial straits that they filed for bankruptcy and are now being controlled by the NHL. The Coyotes actually had a buyer that was willing to move the team to Hamilton, Ontario but Bettman preferred that the team stay in Phoenix as to not make Bettman look bad. Bettman never fought this hard to keep the Jets in Winnipeg when they decided to move to Phoenix.
The Phoenix Coyotes are not much longer in the Valley of the Sun whether Bettman would like to admit it or not. So why not move the Coyotes to Hartford? The NHL is already planning to realign teams beginning in the 2012-13 season and since the Winnipeg Jets, formerly the Atlanta Thrashers, are moving from the East to the West it just seems like an even trade to move Phoenix to Hartford. The Coyotes are a good team but will never compete with the Suns, D-Backs, or Cardinals even if they make a strong playoff run.
The Whalers still have a strong fan base some 14 years after their departure and Whalers gear continue to sell very well. The AHL team based out of based out of Hartford changed their name to the Connecticut Whale and retained former Whalers mascot Pucky the Whale. Their attendance this past season, the first under the new Whale name, had the their highest average attendance in six seasons. Their only real problem is getting a new arena but Whale owner and former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin is committed to drum up enough interest in hockey in effort to build a new arena.
I am hopeful that hockey would return to Hartford and the famous whale tail logo would adorn the green jerseys once again. The Brass Bonanza playing from the loudspeakers as the Whalers take the ice. But until that time comes all we can do is remember and just hope that the Whalers come back home where it belongs.