NHL playoffs: Best of Thursday

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All the hoopla before Game 4 between the Rangers and Bruins at Madison Square Garden on Thursday revolved around New York coach John Tortorella's decision to make Brad Richards a healthy scratch.

Richards is making $12M this year, but only has one goal in the playoffs. He's also a Conn Smythe Trophy winner, AND won the Cup with Torts as his coach when the two were with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

Oh, the drama! But maybe Torts was right after all. The loud-mouthed coach finally got his Rangers in check to get a win against the Bruins, who won 4-3 in overtime to avoid being swept.

After the game, the Richards situation came up again and the coach got very emotional. He said he loved Richards and then he told the media to "kiss his a**."

Definitely the highlight of the night. (Jump to the 2:30-minute mark).



What the Tuukka?

Trailing three games to none in the series, the Rangers were desperately in need of a break. Thanks to Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask they got a big one in Game 4.

You don’t see this very often but the netminder actually tripped himself while backing up trying to make a save on Carl Hagelin and the puck just slid on by.

Check out the video:



Captain Serious seriously flustered

The Chicago Blackhawks are the West’s top seed. Now it appears they are going Blackhawk Down fast, and their captain Jonathan Toews is leading the way in a bad way.

Toews, known as Captain Serious for his dry personality, took three consecutive penalties in the second period of Thursday’s 2-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

That’s seriously not OK.

Toews’ Hawks are now down 3-1 in the series to the seventh-seeded Wings and head back home for Game 5 on Saturday.

I wanna ride the Zamboni

Detroit Lions defensive star Ndamukong Suh may have become the biggest human to ever ride an NHL Zamboni on Thursday.

Suh, who is listed as 6-foot-4, 307 pounds, was seatbelted in for a quick spin around Joe Louis Arena while the Wings hosted the Blackhawks.

Suh seemed to enjoy himself, waving his rally towel throughout.

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