Game 1: Rangers 7, Canadiens 2 … post-game notes & quotes (updated)


Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Game 1: Rangers 7, Canadiens 2.

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Team notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 7-2, today in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Bell Centre. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0.
– The Blueshirts have a 9-6 record in the playoffs, including a 5-3 record on the road.
– New York tallied seven goals in a playoff game for the first time since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta (7-0 victory). The last time the Blueshirts recorded at least seven goals in a playoff game on the road was Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 8, 1995 at Quebec (8-3 victory).

– The Rangers have won four consecutive playoff games, including three straight playoff games on the road. New York has recorded four straight playoff victories for the first time since its four-game sweep against Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007. The last time the Blueshirts won three straight playoff games on the road was from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 9, 2008 to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 18, 2008 against New Jersey.
– New York has opened a playoff series with a road win for the second time this year. The last time the Rangers won two Game 1s on the road in one playoff year was 1986 (Patrick Division Semifinals against Philadelphia and Patrick Division Finals against Washington). The Blueshirts have won five of the last seven playoff series in which they won Game 1 on the road. The Rangers have posted a 34-12 all-time playoff series record when they have won Game 1.
– The Rangers have won five consecutive playoff games against the Canadiens, including four straight against the Canadiens in Montreal, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 21, 1996. Each winning streak is the longest the Rangers have had against the Canadiens in postseason play in franchise history.
– The Blueshirts’ seven goals were the most they have scored in one playoff game against the Canadiens in franchise history. New York had scored six goals against Montreal on two previous occasions in the playoffs (Game 4 of the Quarterfinals at Montreal on Apr. 9, 1972, 6-4 victory; and Game 4 of the Quarterfinals on Apr. 14, 1974 at MSG, 6-4 victory).
– The Rangers’ five-goal victory was the largest margin victory they have had in a playoff game against the Canadiens in franchise history. Prior to the contest, the Blueshirts’ largest margin of victory against Montreal in the playoffs was three.
– Seven different Rangers tallied a goal and 11 different Rangers recorded a point in the contest. Seven different Rangers registered at least two points in the game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time seven different Rangers recorded a goal in a playoff contest was Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semifinals on Apr. 9, 1983 vs. Philadelphia.
– New York is 8-2 in the postseason when tallying the first goal of the contest, and has won each of its last seven playoff games when scoring first. Including the regular season, the Rangers have won 39 of 48 games when recording the game’s first goal this year.
– The Rangers improved to 7-0 in the playoffs when leading after two periods. The Blueshirts have won 35 out of 38 regular season and playoff games this year when leading after the second period.
– The Blueshirts tallied two goals in a 25-second span in the contest (Derek Stepan at 4:11 of the third period, Rick Nash 4:36 of the third period). New York has tallied two goals in less than a minute on two occasions over the last four games (Game 5 at Pittsburgh; Derick Brassard at 7:58 of the second period, Ryan McDonagh at 8:48 of the second period). New York also tallied three goals in a span of 2:29 in the game (Chris Kreider at 18:59 of the second period, Brad Richards at 19:48 of the second period, and Ryan McDonagh at 1:28 of the third period). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers registered three goals in a span of 2:27 or less in a playoff game was their last postseason game against Montreal prior to today, Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 28, 1996 (three goals in a span of 1:02 in the first period).
– The Rangers were 3-for-7 on the power play (10:47) in the contest. The last time the Blueshirts tallied three goals in a playoff game was Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 6, 2007 vs. Buffalo. New York registered three power play goals in a playoff game on the road for the first time since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 21, 1995 at Philadelphia. New York is 6-for-18 (33.3%) on the power play over the last four games.

Player notes:

– Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves to record his ninth win of the playoffs, and his 39th career win in postseason play. The Rangers goaltender improved to 9-6 in the playoffs this year, including a 5-3 mark on the road. Lundqvist has won each of his last four games, posting a 1.25 GAA and a .961 SV% over the span. The Rangers goaltender has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 out of 15 contests in the playoffs this year, including eight of the last nine games. Lundqvist is three wins shy of passing Mike Richter for first on the Rangers’ all-time playoff wins list. Lundqvist leads the NHL in wins (nine), is tied for second in GAA (1.99), and ranks second in SV% (.929) in the playoffs.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied a power play goal, added three assists, and posted a plus-two rating in a team-high, 24:01 of ice time. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to record four points in a playoff game since Brian Leetch tallied four in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on June 7, 1994 at Vancouver. McDonagh’s three assists and four points are both single-game playoff career-highs. The Rangers defenseman has tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last five playoff games. McDonagh is tied for the team lead in power play goals (two) and power play points (four), and is tied for fourth on the team in assists (five) in the playoffs. McDonagh leads all defensemen on the team in goals (two) and points (seven), and is tied for first among defensemen on the team in assists (five) in the playoffs.
– Mats Zuccarello registered a goal, added two assists, and posted a plus-two rating in 15:26 of ice time. The Rangers forward has posted two three-point efforts in his last four games, and has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last seven games. Zuccarello leads the team in assists (seven) and points (11), is tied for second on the team in goals (four), and ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-seven) in the playoffs.
– Chris Kreider recorded the game-winning goal, added an assist, and tied for the game-high with four hits in 16:25 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games. Four of Kreider’s eight career playoff goals have been game-winning tallies.
– Derek Stepan tallied a power play goal, added an assist, and recorded two shots on goal in 19:51 of ice time. The Rangers forward has a three-game assist/point streak (one goal, three assists over the span). Stepan is tied for the team lead in power play goals (two) and power play points (four), and is tied for fourth on the team in assists (five) and points (eight) in the playoffs.
– Dominic Moore recorded two assists and posted a plus-two rating in 16:36 of ice time. Moore tied single-game playoff career-highs in assists (two) and points (two) in the contest. The Rangers forward has now tallied two assists in a playoff game twice in his career (May 4, 2011 vs. Washington as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning) and two points in a playoff game on five occasions, including twice in this year’s playoffs (Game 5 vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 27). Moore has recorded three points (three assists) in his last two games.
– Martin St. Louis tallied the game’s first goal, added an assist, and recorded two shots on goal in 20:57 of ice time. The Rangers forward has a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span). St. Louis is tied for second on the team in goals (four), assists (six), and points (10) in the playoffs this year.
– Rick Nash recorded a power play goal, added an assist, and recorded two shots on goal in 16:20 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for second on the team in assists (six). Nash leads the team and the NHL in shots on goal (54) in the playoffs.
– Brad Richards registered a goal and recorded four shots on goal in 18:37 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied goals in consecutive games, and has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in his last four games. Richards leads the team in goals (five), is tied for second on the team in points (10), and is tied for fourth on the team in assists (five) in the playoffs. Richards ranks second on the team and second in the NHL in shots on goal (51) in the playoffs.
– Kevin Klein registered an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and was credited with four blocked shots in 14:26 of ice time. Klein has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in his last four games. The Rangers defenseman leads the team and is tied for first in the NHL in plus/minus rating (plus-eight) in the playoffs.
– Marc Staal tallied an assist and recorded two blocked shots in 18:05 of ice time. Staal ranks fifth on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-five) in the playoffs.
– John Moore recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and blocked three shots in 17:51 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman is tied for sixth on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-three) in the playoffs.
– Dan Girardi posted a plus-two rating and was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots in 21:37 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman skated in his 79th career playoff game, tying Rod Gilbert for fifth on the team’s all-time playoff games played list. Girardi is tied for first in the NHL in blocked shots (40) in the playoffs.

Post-game quotes courtesy of the NHL and ASAP Sports:

An interview with:



Q.  Real quickly, do you have an update on Derick Brassard?

            COACH VIGNEAULT:  Day to day.

            Q.  We’ve spent a lot in the past week just asking you about this building and how difficult of an atmosphere it is to play in.  Do you feel like your team did a good job of embracing it and attacking the opportunity?

            COACH VIGNEAULT:  I think what our guys said was this is a fun building to play in in the sense that it’s got history.  Fans are passionate and they’re loud.  That’s what we’ve got today.  Maybe the fact that in Canada hockey is Saturday night, not Saturday afternoon.  Maybe we caught them at a moment there where they weren’t used to it and unable able to jump on that a little bit.

            Q.  What can you say about Marty St. Louis with tomorrow and coming out and scoring the first goal to kind of get you guys going?

            COACH VIGNEAULT:  Obviously, emotionally for us that is something really strong right now.  I know quite a few of our guys yesterday went to the wake, and I texted with Marty last night to make sure that everything was good.  He got to the hotel I think just a little bit before midnight.  It’s been very emotional for our whole group, and he’s handled it in an incredible way that probably has helped our team come closer together.  Tomorrow is going to be a tough day for our group.  We need to be there to support him, and we’ll do that tomorrow and get ready for Monday.

            Q.  Coach, a win like this when it’s a lopsided score it can be easier to get carried away.  But in the second period we’re looking at it and perhaps they had some push back and what to do to not let that happen.  Is that a good sign for you?

            COACH VIGNEAULT:  Our guys know we’re up against a really good team that have beaten the best team right now in the NHL.  So we know we’ve got our hands full.  Tonight in the second period the difference was our goaltender.  He made some big saves.  They were able to pull in from one and you could see that they were pushing.  Then when you score a couple goals late in the period, you know, we just got a little bit fortunate there and took it home in the third.

            Q.  Talking about emotions with Marty, you’ve got a guy in Dominic Moore who is playing with a lot of emotion too and filled in a big role tonight.  What’s he meant for you?

            COACH VIGNEAULT:  He did an unbelievable job.  To lose Brass right away on his second shift put our rotation and our lines out of whack a little bit.  He stepped in and there is another player on our team that we all know his story.  He’s handled his personal situation and his professional situation in a great way.

            Q.  Did you have a problem with the hit on Brassard?

            COACH VIGNEAULT:  I didn’t see it.  I didn’t look at the replay.  I haven’t checked it yet.


            Q.  Henrik, would you describe the way this roller coaster of emotions attached to Marty St. Louis.  You went to his mother’s viewing yesterday.  How did it go from yesterday to today’s game?

            HENRIK LUNDQVIST:  It’s been a week of emotions, I think.  Playing in the playoffs is so intense; you try to perform at a high level.  At the same time a teammate trying to go through a rough time, so you try to be there as a support, and it makes you think a lot about a lot of things, not only hockey.

            So you go back and forth.  Pay attention to your game and what you need to do, and obviously, other things are important in your life.  But I think we as a group in dealing with it the right way, we come together and work for one another, and you could see that in the Pittsburgh series.  Game 5, 6 and 7, we played really well as a team, and we were on the same page.  I think tonight we started the game really well.  We set the tone the way we were playing and played just a smart game.

            I think the first two periods it is a tight game, and they definitely had a few chances in the second, but that last couple minutes of the second period really put us in a good position.  So in the third you can’t really put too much thought into it.  It’s just one win, so I’m really happy the way we started though.

            Q.  Henrik, it’s just one win, but for you personally to get a win here, I know was a big story.  You didn’t want to talk about coming into the Bell Centre for the series, but to get the win here, what does that personally do for you?

            HENRIK LUNDQVIST:  I’m going to be honest with you, I felt good coming into the game.  Yeah, you guys like to talk about it, you like to ask me about it.  I haven’t played here in a while, but it’s still the same game.  Last time I played here, we had a different team, and I think I’ve grown as a goalie as well.  But every time you play the game you have to show yourself and your teammates that you can play.

            So, yeah, we got a great start here and a good win.  But it’s about doing it again in the next one.  But obviously, we haven’t won that many games in this building, so it’s good to get a great start and know that when we pay attention to all the details, that we can get the result we want.

            Q.  Can you talk about, or can you describe the defensive structure, the way you guys were blocking shots and weathering the storm, and the saves you made in the second there on Pacioretty and Subban, what you were seeing there?

            HENRIK LUNDQVIST:  I think they play a lot like Pittsburgh.  They have a lot of speed, and if you lose the puck in the wrong area, they come in. And they have some really quick forwards, so you have to be smart with the puck.  There were a couple of plays where we got caught and they created a couple of chances.        But overall we played a really smart game, and it didn’t allow them to get the game going.  The biggest part of their game is the transition game.  So when you can take that away from them, you have a lot or a bigger chance of winning the game, I think, because sometimes it feels that team is so fast, and it all depends if you’re getting pucks deep or not.

            Q.  I know it’s in the past now, but you did mention that the Rangers had a lot of trouble coming in over the past few years.  Was that at all discussed or mentioned or dismissed in the preparations for this game?

            HENRIK LUNDQVIST:  Well, A.V. brought it up.  But you also have to realize they’re a good team at home.  They have had a lot of success against a lot of teams, not only us.  Sometimes you feel like you’re the only one, but they do play a confident game here.  When they get the building going, and they have a lot of speed and finesse, I guess, when they play.

            But we talked about going into the series and let’s not overthink anything.  Go out and play our game, believe in what we’re doing, believe in our system, and I think the last four games the system has been the key for us.  Tight games, and we just need to pay attention to all the details that we talked about going into the game.

            Q.  When he did address it, that’s how he addressed it?

            HENRIK LUNDQVIST:  He addressed it the last time we played here too.  I think the last couple of times he brought it up.  Almost made a joke of it.  It’s still the same game.  But, yeah, there are a lot of things they don’t change when you come in and play the game.  It’s a mindset, and I think our mindset was really good going into this one.

            Q.  How about how well you guys play on the road?  25 wins during the regular season, but you guys do play well on the road.  It seems there is no change in the game.

            HENRIK LUNDQVIST:  Yeah, I think back to the system.  It took us a while to get going, but it really helps you to get your game going.  Guys know what to do, and then you rely on skill when it’s time to do so, but there are a lot of times where you have to keep it simple and make the plays that guys know it’s coming so you can be a step ahead.

            I like the way we’re playing.  Like I said, when we pay attention to that and don’t get away from it too much, I think we had some success during the year, especially on the road.


            MARTIN ST. LOUIS:  It’s a pretty dangerous building.  Once they start feeding off that, you can feel the energy, and we were able to just score a quick goal to make it 3?1, getting a two?goal lead, and obviously the fourth one is a big one to end the period to extend the lead.  I thought we managed well in the third.

            Q.  You’ve never played here with the Rangers.  Did any of their past issues come up in conversations going into this series?

            MARTIN ST. LOUIS:  To be honest, I didn’t have any conversation about this series with anybody.  I was here a day earlier, so for me today I very quick talked to the coaches, but I haven’t been part of any conversations.  For us, we’re trying to focus on what we do.  If we get in trouble, we get away from our game.  Obviously, you make adjustments along the way, but it’s got to start with how you play your game.  You’ve got to bring what brought you here, and that’s what we’re doing.

            Q.  Are you proud of the way the team has played?

            MARTIN ST. LOUIS:  For sure.  It’s been an emotional time for everybody, but the guys have been behind me and supporting me.  Their effort is unbelievable.  You know we’re for sure very close right now, and we’re trying to keep feeding off of that.

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  1. Billy, not to continue the discussion, because it’s dumb, but Torts’ fourth line was Rupp, Mitchell and Bickell. His third pair D was Eminger and some other scrub.

    Kreider needed to play minor league hockey, and even AV put him there to start this season. He was worse than Miller, except he scored once in a while.

  2. Carp, I do miss posting on the Go-time thread but, we’re 4-0 since I haven’t AND Nash has scored a goal too!!!!

  3. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Isn’t Leetch working with the NHL Player’s safety now?

  4. Kevin Klein has played his best 2 games as a Ranger in the last two. Maybe JMoops has as well.

  5. I *slaughtered* AV for getting on McDonugh with the media after game 4 of the Pens series.

    The guy has played lConn Smythe caliber since.

    Think I’ll stick to blogging and let AV do the coaching.

  6. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers need to come out flying in game 2 and realize the Habs will be buzzing like bees

  7. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Stepan literally missed an Empty Net Goal against the Penguins. Lit’rally

  8. I can think of 50 other ex Rangers who would probably do a better job than Duguay. And 9 of them are deceased…unreal.

    PS- can’t believe we sat here together and watched this blow out and no one said “someone left the gate opened!!”

  9. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Nash will score!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Naysayers eat crow , Rangers won!!!

    Your lovely Gm traded your Captain for a HEART!!!!

    A real Heart , one that doesn’t demand $$$$$.

    St louis loves the Rangers more then Cally did.

    Now Naysayers …whats our problemo? Boyle , crappy Richards ( buy him out , Nash costing us …hmmm Sather fired…SATHER got us ST Louis and MC D . Peeps who were bashing our team …YOU KNOW NOTHING .

    Im wrong if your naysayers want mediocrcy…Pittsburgh didn’t want it , but the naysayer clowns on here do. What do we need naysayers…CUZ CLEARLY YOU KNOW HOW TO GM a team to the cup. All the naysayers on here …go to the peguins blog and read thier rants..sounds familliar?

  10. One Cup- the thing about Walter’s is that it can’t be put into a stadium/city dog kind of category. But with my back to a wall….

  11. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Pretty sure we will see a completely different Canadiens team on Saturday night.

  12. I think I’d be happier if the Rangers won this game 4-2 with an empty netter at the end..

  13. Rangers West on

    Is it possible that the most important Rangers from here on out (not named Lundqvist) are Kreider and McDonagh?

  14. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    It looked to me like the Canadiens prepared to play the 2011-2012 Rangers team. They were still in Bruins mode. Not ready, at all, for an uptempo game.

    If they catch up this series will get very difficult very quickly.

  15. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I’m still terrified too, James. And one of the reasons for my terror is the lopsidedness of the victory.

  16. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    McDunner has returned to form. He was adismal for awhile there….shoulder must be healing nicely…

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I haven’t been one bit nervous since game 7 vs Pitt. Today, completely relaxed. I just can’t see the Habs winning this series….Had the Bruins won their game 7, I’d feel differently…

  18. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I think he’s still reviewing the Ulf hit on Cam Neely, Wicky.

  19. leetchhalloffame on

    After today I no longer want to see anything Prust has to say in tweets to the right of this page. That goes for any other ex-Rangers who are now our sworn enemies.

  20. iDoodie Machetto on

    That game could not have gone more differently than I had expected it to. Could not.

  21. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Have to ask Sally, Leetch (I will have her back in whatever decision she makes)

  22. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I did officially lift my man crush on Prust but that only lasts until the end of this series. Sally did as well. As did Booby.

    Anyone else?

  23. Parents are doing great guys! Dad still needs a driver but mom is fit as a fiddle.

    And oh did i see our boys hung a try and a conversion on les habitants.

    THE is a massive problem. If he continues to blow by their fastest defender with the same regularity i think our bottom two lines will continue to thrive.

    Nash scored? He scored???????

    THE is a turnover machine in the neutral zone and d zone but offensively he is a truly scary individual for teams to contend with. If i play on montreals back line im having GI issues every time THE is on the ice.

    Holy sheeshkabob.

    holy sheeshkabob

  24. bull dog line on

    Prust is a dog, who by the time this series really get going will be glued to the bench. he couldn’t play on the Rangers 4th line right now.

  25. bull dog line on

    can’t have Brassard miss to much time. Moore did well in his spot today. Brassard to important to the team. Kreider will need to keep his head up in game 2. Habs were chasing him around quite a bit. he has there attention.

  26. Prust trying to take The Kreider off his game.

    Strategy backfired.

    We can deal with Prust later.

  27. There is a time and place for dealing with Prust.

    Good job by The Kreider staying disciplined.

  28. hey Carp
    no padded room for me today!!
    and WE WON

    a very nice feeling
    i know it’s not going to be this easy the whole time
    it’s a nice start

  29. bull dog line on

    Prust will be a healthy scratch during this series. he will not be able to keep up. Galchenyuk is do back soon.

  30. got a little concerned about the fluky goals
    since i was waiting for montreal to get more desperate as the game continued
    we looked disciplined

  31. anyone see these DISGUSTING tweets from habs “fans” in regards to MSL and his Mom?

  32. jpg: was on the Canadiens Hockey’s Future message board game thread; over and over they were saying that someone had to run Henrik and injure him. Almost as disgusting as those tweets you posted a link to!

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    NYRangers – best team in the east. Led by the best goalie in the world.

  34. The passing on the PP was amazingly crisp.

    The best part of the game for me was McDonagh’s play. So sick of hearing how great PK Subban is. McDonagh should be spoken about in the same conversation.

  35. And you know that the Habs fans are DYING over the McDonagh for Gomez trade! Thanks Bob Gainey wherever you are…..

  36. JPG: From the hockey’s future message board game thread.

    Originally Posted by Team_Spirit View Post
    hopefully their bus crash on the way to the funerals

    Classy, huh?

  37. Rangers Report @rangersreport
    Whether this was a 3-2 win a 7-2 win or a 42-2 win, it won’t matter one bit in Game 2.


    Sure it will. Habs will now have to make adjustments to stop our momentum ;)

    also, you don’t think the Rangers are riding momentum from previous series and from the tragedy that hit them? Four straight playoff wins. I think last time they won 4 straight playoff games was back in 2007 when they swept Trashers

  38. BickelsPickle on

    you have to ask, with a 4 game winning streak, when are we going to hit that losing streak? you know like we did vs Pitt

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers are playing incredible hockey in all three zones, PP and PK.

  40. Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Canadiens players thinks that Chris Kreider fell on Carey Price on purpose. Rangers think he’s injured. Habs are saying no. #tvasports

    umm didnt Michelle say that he thought it was an accident?

  41. Since the Rangers average 1.46 GPG when they lead a series, expect a 2-1 loss in Game 2.

  42. 1.46 GPG during the 0-13 streak.

    THE had his leg hacked/tripped before his scoring chance.

  43. As Mr. Miyagi’s father stated so eloquently on his deathbed:

    If I am dreaming, let me never awaken. If I am awake, let me never sleep.

  44. Carp, maybe, but certainly the gap isnt that big right now. Habs fans want Prust benched when Galchenyuk is ready because he’s been the worst 4th liner and because he’s taking a lot of angry penalties.

    Prust’s multiple shoulder injuries are starting to pile up.

    If Brassard cant go on Monday i woudnt have a problem with either Miller or Fast coming in. The more speed the better. Montreal looked overwhelmed at times with our speed. No need for Carcillo in this series. Rest him for Chicago.

  45. Yev
    actually thought that those type of comments
    would have surfaced at the end of the pens series
    the better play for the Rangers continues
    and it just tears ’em up
    a little more

  46. I just can’t get past the feeling that, even at their best, the Rangers or Habs would be overwhelmed by the Hawks or Kings in a seven game series. I need one of Dr. Henry’s Emergency Lessons for People

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “I will murder and kill you. I’ll boil you and your family in scalding water. I’ll eat your cooked flesh. I’ll feed you to a 600 foot python. I’ll bury you in the ground after pouring a pound of sugar all over your body. I’ll shoot you. I’ll stab you. I’ll break your arms and legs. I’ll put you thru a buzz saw. I’ll hammer your head like a nail. I’ll our sulfuric acid down your throat. I’ll never stop killing you.”

  48. I’ve had it with the msg postgame show. it’s a money grab to gather commercial dollars. they show so little of the interviews and/or press conferences, when all we are there to see is exactly that. Nice to have Sam there today, but Doogay is an idiot, Carter not much better. Dave’s insight is the only reason to watch it. switch over to the nhl network and see them actually interview players. they had a nice kreider interview and showed more of the PCs. screw msg.

  49. Fat Guy – this nyr team will not get overwhelmed by either western team. i know the regular season is different than the ..blah blah blah but we beat chicago twice. i think we match up really well with them. and the kings don’t scare me either. we are faster and they won’t be able to score on hank as they did on ducks 2 tenders.

  50. That’s what I’m trying to tell myself but you watch these western survivors and the games are crisper and harder hitting than anything we’ve played or encountered so far

  51. i’m on a roll here.
    also, about carey price and this being a matchup between two elite goalies and a reprise of the oly games. please. i could have backstopped that canadian team to a gold. nonsense. price has had the best year of his career stat-wise, but he PALES in comparison to hank over their respective careers. it’s like bob winning the vezina and bishop nominated this year. one year does not make a career.

  52. FG- flyers series was pretty rough. i don’t see it the same way. first off, watch the two games from this year vs chicago. we outplayed them the entire game both times. la? we beat them when we sucked in the beginning of the season and they shut us out one-zip the second time if i recall. don’t worry. if we get there, we’re gonna be fine.

  53. My two cents: LA would be a much more physical challenge than the Canadiens or the Penguins. Chicago would be a better match physically, but has much more skill and probably speed.

  54. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    LA is much more physical than the Hawks…for that reason, I’d prefer the Hawks. We’ve beaten them twice in two games this year. Defending champs. Two cups in recent years. Heart, skill, and balls bigger than mountains for sure. Hawks would be huge favorites going in…and the rangers could easily lose….but I like our chances.

  55. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic upon watching the movie “Elephant Man”

    “I am not human, I am an animal”

  56. I want Lou Cheech on my team now more than ever
    Hockey fans always like the bad boy

  57. Weise – “I heard Lundquist curse really loud when the puck went in off McDonough”

  58. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “I will kill everything you cherish. I will devour every ounce of you. I will hunt you down and torture you until you’re dead. After that I will continue killing you. I will set you on fire, shoot you, stab you, shove your head into a bee hive. I’ll shove your face into a deadly spider’s web. I’ll have my pet rattle snakes bite every Devon of every day. I’ll never stop murdering you. I’ll beat you after your dead until you are nothing more than a speck of dust”

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lies and deception. They move in one direction. And, then in the end you lose….in the end you lose.

    The Stranglers

  60. Eddie’s Lucic =

    (Hannibal Lecter + Jack the Ripper) x (Jeffrey Dahmer + Theodore Bundy)

  61. From Canadian Press on : ‘He (Lundqvist) didn’t appear to be in top form, but he didn’t need to be as Montreal managed only 22 shots.’
    Seriously??? What do they smoke there?

  62. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “I’ll chew your face and blow bubbles like it were a gumball. I’ll kill you over and over so many times, I’ll forget how many times I killed you. I’ll plant grenades on your body and explode them while I laugh my head off. After that I’ll torture you until your even more dead. I’ll never stop”

  63. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Call me crazy but the rangers seem far more fresh after the seven game series against the flyers and pens compared to the 2012 team which went seven vs the Sens and caps. Add to that the flyers and pens were/are better teams than the Sens/caps.

    Rangers will play for the Cup.

    Book it

  64. can we please stop getting waaaaaaaaay
    ahead of ourselves
    with any discussion of who
    we’d rather meet from
    Western Conference?

    here’s hoping that the players aren’t doing that

  65. Onionzzz

    i certainly don’t think Hank had a bad game
    2 weird fluky goals
    he certainly wasn’t tested….a lot.
    of that i am

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jpg – I’ll go one step further. Next year, the rangers will defend their cup vs the sharks.

    Rangers over the sharks in 2015
    In 6

  67. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lady fingers dipped in moonlight, writing “what for” across the morning sky.

  68. BickelsPickle on

    Rangers will need to fire Sather and trade Nash and cry about Richards probably during the first game of the first round in 2015.

  69. yes.
    i’m pleased that i was able to
    watch the whole game
    and had a pretty relaxed time of it
    i don’t expect things to be that easy
    on the way to getting to 4 wins
    if it is that way
    i’m not going to complain

  70. Stranger Nation on

    I know there are some who believe Fatigue is not an issue, but let us say, rest for a speed team is very critical and that showed today.

    The hit on Bros-hard was late and should be reviewed by league, the puck had been off his stick for 5 seconds and the man he passed it to had already possessed it. Very cheap.

    THE getting skewered in front of net by Judas Prust was pretty funny in that THE barely reacted and seemed to laugh at Judas like the wanna be tough guy he is.

    Speed kills. Safe is death.

    Why not us??

  71. Czechthemout!!! on

    Prust = overpaid jack ass!

    THE play was clearly and accident.

    Dreger is a moron

    Great win but next game will be much more difficult. Cant go into turtle mode.

  72. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “next year I will murder the entire Habs team. I’ll kill everyone in Montreal. I’ll burn down the Belle Center. I’ll kill ever Canadian in Canada. I’ll kill every Canadian not in Canada. I’ll take a machine gun and blast holes thru every Habs’ fan. I’ll drop an atomic bomb on Montreal. Then, I’ll drop a neutron bomb on it. I’ll kill every person who gets in my way. I’ll kill you even if you don’t get in my way. I’ll destroy all of you”

  73. From the Montreal Gazette:

    “Ryan McDonagh of the Rangers scored one and assisted on three other goals Saturday afternoon, making him the standout star of the game. McDonagh entered the NHL after being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round in 2007, but was traded to the Rangers in the Scott Gomez deal of 2009.”

  74. Stranger,

    anyone who believes fatigue doesn’t affect energy level, thought process and stamina is probably a meth head.

  75. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Game 2 won’t be easy. If Brassard isn’t 100%, let him rest until Thursday.

  76. Hope Brass just tightened up, gets a cortisone shot, and is able to play. But, two days off between games two and three (if necessary) helps.

  77. Holy schneikes the Canadian media and the hab fans are rolling out the excuses already!?!.

    Watching game one of the 1979 stanley cup final right after today’s game is not comforting.

  78. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “you think Aaron Hernandez is a bad mutha? I’d kill him with both hands tied behind my back. Next year, there won’t be a team from Montreal in the NHL. I’ll murder every last player, coach, and staff member. I’ll kill everyone in their front office. I’ll kill every draft choice they’ve ever made. I’ll murder every retired player. If you’ve ever watched a Habs’ game, I will kill you. If you’ve never watched a Habs game, I’ll kill you. I’ll never rest. I’ll murder and kill you. I will rip your tongue out. I’ll tear your nose off your face so you can’t breathe. But since you’ll be dead, it won’t matter”

  79. *new photo gallery above … but you can continue to comment here. I think you might enjoy it. Want to know what you think.*

  80. I don’t know how you guys define momentum, but I think that no matter how you slice it this team was relatively right group that now has a reason more important than hockey to play and win and thus far they’ve done just that. Messier was a big advocate for pulling together when things got tough in the post season.

    With that said, and regardless of the filth and disrespect and bias we’ll be seeing out of Montreal for the duration of this series I think it’s ridiculous to be discussing potential western opponents as if we can look right passed Montreal. You don’t have to look back too far in recent post season series’ to see that we can be down 3-1 after the next 3 games. This team just beat Boston in 7.

  81. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    James – this year we beat the Hawks to win the cup. Next year, the Sharks. The year after, the Avs, then the Blues, and finally, in the drive for five, the Rangers beat the Western Conference All star team.

    Nothing like the present…..except, of course, the future.

  82. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “I’m just warming up. I’ll kill every hockey player before I’m done”

  83. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jshim – good point. THE is our secret weapon so long as Lucic doesn’t kill him.

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ricardo – the second picture is beautiful. McDunner doing the goose step march….

  85. gotta believe on

    Listen guys as low as we all were after game 4 against as high as we r now..things can change on a dime..the brassard injury if he is out is gonna screw with the lines..our best line.don’t get too high.its only 1 game..its gr8 they won in convincing fashion but it means zero if we lose Monday

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I was down after game 4 vs the pens only until the following day. I never stopped believing.I said at the time – Rangers in 7 – as Orr did too – And he we are…. While this series is FAR from over, I just don’t think the Habs can win it….I predict a sweep….

    Rangers in 4. Get your brooms ready

  87. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    I keep on thinking back to 2 years ago. Rolling mostly 3 lines down the stretch, playing grueling 7 game, first 2 rounds. A relatively inept 4th line. Shot blocking all season.

    Enter 3rd round series with Derbils who lucked out with Florida (much like Tampa Bay this year with holes all over the place), then a totally drained Flyer team after that great Pitt series. Easy scores. Both of them

    So, here we are, beaten up, not so fresh, lacking balance and depth. There are the Derbils fresh as a daisy after playing….not so much.

    This is a MUCH different 3rd round feel. We now have one known injury, but most of the guys are in much better shape than round 3, 2 years ago. Hank is playing off the charts. And we have 4 lines.

    Could be me but it feels much better this time.

  88. If we come out of Bell Center 2-0, could be a sweep. Rangers have had such scheduling nightmares, off days are relished (sorry, Walter)

  89. Admiral Akbar on

    I agree with Eddie — this is a winnable series. No disrespect to Le Herbs, as they are a real good team, but I don’t see them beating the Rangers.

    I’m not gonna get too high, nor will I get “scared”…

    I’m just gonna enjoy this deep playoff run by a perennial underdog/underachiever team that I dearly love. And it’s even more awesome with all of you guys on board.

    Plus — the deeper this goes, the fewer awful/boring/pedestrian/clown-like “guest blogs” I will need to sift through this summer!

  90. Stranger Nation on

    Big difference in the game seemed to be their D’s inability to track our forwards. We were swarming like bees in our own zone and with McD regaining his old excellent self, we were able to put tremendous pressure on them.
    What goalie match up?
    Another angle is the Habs lack of a power #1 line like Philthy and Pissburg could leave McD with more energy and willingness to be more aggressive
    Habs are a very very good team and this series will be tight, but for one afternoon in Bell Center the ghosts were still sleeping

  91. Admiral Akbar on

    Agree with MATTY 100%

    This definitely “feels better” compared to the run in 2012. That team played to survive games in order to win and was thus gassed by the time they crossed paths with the Derbils.

    This team has knocked out 2 arch rival teams and is now playing a historical rival, the greatest franchise in NHL history. This is fun!

  92. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “I’m going to kill every Habs player at least 1000 times. I’ll murder them all over and over again. I’ll smash their faces I to sharpened razor blades. I’ll pour Ajax down their throats. I’ll remove every organ in their bodies and make them all watch as I eat every last piece. I’ll rip their heads off. Once they are dead, I’ll kill them all again”

  93. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    So, let’s get this straight. The first Habs goal is with a clear too many men on ice penalty not called. The second was with a lackadaisical PP unit, trying not to run up the score. We killed their PP’s.


  94. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    I am not being fair if I don’t mention that Richie Rocket has been on steroids (for him). Still mistakes on point and back checking, but man, has he been on the puck. He is also saying all the right things. Really.

    I guess it’s fair to ask why he took a year off? This Rocket is not bad.

  95. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lots of Rangers scoring goals. Tough to defend when everyone on the other team is getting on the score sheet…

  96. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Nash will score!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Pictures look good Carp

    Rangers rule

    Sather is a genious

  97. Admiral Akbar on

    How bad does the Callahan trade look now?

    Anyone want that draft pick back?

    Nice work by Uncle Glennie!

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