First we had the "Butt Fumble."
Now we have the "Tuukka Tumble."
You can watch it again and again here:
Just add your own soundtrack. Thinking the "Benny Hill" theme.
"WTF?" for sure.
2013 has become the year of the "On-Air F-Bomb." David Ortiz got it started at Fenway Park the Saturday after the Boston Marathon Bombings with his "this is our f--king city" declaration. Then we had Comcast Sports Net's Tony Amonte's plea of "they're going to break the f--king glass" during the mayhem after Game 7 against Toronto and Rask's lay off my iPod "are you f--king kidding me?" quip live from the locker room after Game 3.
Thursday, we were treated to Rangers' coach John Tortorella's verbal throw down with one of the linesmen during a third-period time out.
After a Zapruder-like breakdown of the f-bomb timeout clip, Torts can be seen dropping a series of f-bombs, although the actual cursing on the tape comes from the linesman with whom Torts was having a discussion.
It was the first f-bomb heard on CNBC since GE stock fell below $9 a share in 2009.
My favorite is still Amonte's given the sound of desperation in his voice. It has sadly been erased from the interwebs by the folks at Comcast.
There's no doubt the biggest f-bomb of Thursday night came roaring across New England and after the Rangers won this thing in overtime. All of this madness came on CNBC amid Asian market updates and endless plugs for "American Greed."
Torts, obviously relieved his job was safe for at least a couple of days, was also back in form in the post-game presser, telling a reporter that they can "kiss my ass" if they didn't want to accept his explanation for benching Brad "Just Call Me The Carl Crawford of the Rangers" Richards.
The biggest challenge facing the Bruins and their fans in Game 5 may be trying to figure out what channel will air the game. (Actually, it's at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network - until it's bumped to MSNBC en Espanol). If there's a Game 6 on Monday, it will probably end up on the NBC Shopping Channel or during the 14th hour of the TODAY show.
Game 7? I'm thinking the "Blue" channel from NBC's 1992 Olympics TripleCast.
Speaking of those Asian markets, the Nikkei early today recovered almost half of the 7.3 percent drop it suffered Thursday. Bruins fans and CNBC viewers undoubtedly can breath a sigh of relief.
The Bruins will need a market recovery in Game 5, especially considering how they lost this one.
The clincher-to-choker loss prompted way too many comparisons to 2010. That year the Bruins, thanks in part to a crucial too many men on the ice penalty, got swept out of the playoffs after taking a 3-0 lead against the Flyers. (We had one of those Thursday, too.)
Thankfully, this was Game 4, and not Game 7.
And this is 2013, not 2010.
But Bruins certainly collapsed a plenty in Game 4. When Tuukka fell on his Rassk, it gave the Rangers some hope and an opening to get back into the game, if not the series.
Rask butt-stumbled as Carl Hagelin was backhanding a weak, rolling shot on net. The world moved in slow motion as the puck slipped past Rask as he tried in vain to recover and stop it.
‘‘We need to be more focused, I need to be more focused,’’ Rask said. ‘‘I just took a step to the side in what I think probably was a skate mark or something. I lost my balance and the rest is history. We gave them a couple of gifts and it cost us the game.’’
That goal prompted a lot more "s-bombs" than "f-bombs" among the home viewers, given its bizarre and Stoogesque nature. That will be the GIF that keeps on giving for the Rangers, especially if this series continues past Saturday.
The Rangers took full advantage of it, erasing a pair of Boston leads in the game before blitzing Rask in overtime, with four shots in the first 75 seconds.
In addition to Tuukka's best Shemp imitation, the Bruins committed some major mental breakdowns. Zdeno Chara lost the puck behind the net, which led to the Rangers' second goal, and Tyler Seguin failed to get off the ice in time to avoid the dreaded "too many men on the ice" penalty. The Rangers tied the game at 3-3 off the ensuing power play with 10 minutes to play.
The game-winner was precipitated by the soon-to-be-departed Dougie Hamilton being manhandled in front of the net and failing to push the stick away from Chris Kreider.
Both Rask and Chara have been iron since the final 10 minutes against the Maple Leafs. And Seguin got off the playoff schneid and scored his first goal of the postseason to give Boston a 3-2 lead. Sorry, no rip fest here. It's always better not to choke one away like this, but after the game, to a man, Seguin, Rask and Chara all acknowledged their mistakes and vowed not to repeat them. Empty words until Game 5, but there was no finger-pointing, blame or panic. Not even from cool-hand Claude.
The Bruins had won four straight before Thursday night. The Bruins outplayed New York for much of Game 4, but literally gave the game away. It's unlikely that will happen again in this series. It's borderline preposterous to think they are going to lose four straight to the Rangers at this point, even with their Game 4 buffoonery. No chance.
Let's hold off on the Tobin Bridge analogies, given what happened north of Seattle Thursday. Thankfully, no one perished when a chunk of a bridge on I-5 fell into the Skagit River.
The loudest protestations and groans after Game 4 were heard from those media types (or more likely their significant others) who are probably pissed that they now have to sit in a studio or press box on Saturday, instead of spending the holiday weekend relaxing with their families at home or at the beach.
The rest of us will be treated to another exciting playoff hockey game during the heart of Memorial Day weekend.
Things could be a lot f--kin' worse.
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