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Brad Richards a healthy scratch

Updated: May 24, 2013, 12:35 AM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers coach John Tortorella made a bold move Thursday morning, deciding to scratch veteran center and alternate captain Brad Richards as his team faced elimination against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

After the Rangers' 4-3 overtime win, Tortorella passionately defended both the player and the decision to sit him in what was the team's biggest game of the season.

The fiery coach pointed to Richards' struggles and ...

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