Game 2: Rangers at Canadiens … It’s Go Time!

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Rangers at Canadiens.

 

Big news out of Montreal today, where the Canadiens are saying goalie Carey Price is out for the series with that apparent knee injury he suffered in Game 1, when Chris Kreider slid into him. And of course there’s the usual idiocy and homerism claiming Kreider purposely ran him over and knocked him out of the series. Absurd. It was a hockey play.

Anyway, Kreider’s going to probably have to defend himself at some point in this series, whenever a game gets out of hand, or after an empty-netter.

Obviously, when you get to playoffs, coaches and players put up smokescreens, try to create false rallying cries, and the Habs are all over this one.

At any rate, it’s been reported that rookie Dustin Tokarski will get the start over backup Peter Budaj.

The officials will have eyes wide open for infractions around the net tonight, and if I’m Henrik Lundqvist, the first bump I’m going down in a heap and staying down until Jim Ramsay leaps off the bench. Get a double-minor or a major out of it. Why not?

The Rangers are likely to be without Derick Brassard, who was on the ice for the morning skate but didn’t participate in power-play drills or line rushes. Brassard suffered an apparent left shoulder or upper back injury when hit by Mike Weaver in Game 1. Of course, the Habs, their fans and reporters didn’t see anything wrong with that. And the Rangers certainly aren’t crying about it.

Ya boys have won four in a row, three of those on the road.

As you know, the Rangers have lost an NHL record 13 consecutive games when leading a series, and have lost 11 in a row immediately after taking a lead in a series. They have also lost eight straight Game 2s, five of those after winning Game 1, including both series this season.

It appeared in the morning skate that Daniel Carcillo would replace Brassard, with Dominic Moore moving up to Brassard’s spot between Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot, and Carcillo playing the wing on a fourth line with Brian Boyle sliding over to center and Derek Dorsett on the other wing. That would mean J.T. Miller,  Jesper Fast, Justin Falk and Raphael Diaz would be prucha’d.

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) has been cleared for contact and could rejoin the Canadiens lineup.

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  1. eric, positive thoughts, no negative Nancy stuff, ,try it, it works!!! or have a beer or take a valium.

  2. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    I’m a little to posy. Gonna pour the first Grey Goosy.

    Posy!! Posy!!

  3. we suck against backups for some reason idk why but i have a bad feeling. rick nash, this is your time my friend. this is going to be the most important game in the series i think.

  4. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Les Habs lose tonight and there will be a fire sale on StubHub.

    Ticket brokers on the east coast are praying they tie the series.

  5. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    The last time we made it to the SC Finals it was almost expected. Who could forget that great 3rd round vs. The Derbils.

    Not saying we are there at all, but it sure feels different this time. Zero expectations at the start of these PO’s.

    Prust saying.

  6. Rangers don’t do well against backup or rookie goalies. I fully expect this series to head to MSG tied 1-1.

  7. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Vegas likes the Rangers to win this series. Slight favorites to win tonight…

  8. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    One could say if we lost the 1994 3rd round it would have been a disappointment.

  9. gregm_oldsection403 on

    As Carp usually says, when a team starts its backup goalie, they are playing with house money…they got nothing to lose (except this is the playoffs).

    Habs will come out flying. Watch out for flying Frenchmen!

  10. God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

  11. Kreider starting. Being booed already. … at least Bell Centre introduces the visiting starters, unlike MSGoulag.

  12. IIIIIITTTTTTSSSSSSSS TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Ah….we can talk all we want. The game, however, is played on the ice!!!!

    GO GETTEM BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LGR@@!!! LRG@!!!!! LGR!!!!!

  14. E3, on two of your posts, from your post to Lord Stanley’s and the fans ears.

    “The officials will have eyes wide open for infractions around the net tonight”…..one can only hope Carp. And elsewhere, like, um refs are supposed to do, like, when there’s too many men on the ice and….oh whatever

    I am nervous as heck

    LGR!!!!

  15. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    LETS GO LETS LETS GO LETS GO!!!!!!!

  16. Carp-please explain how there are ghosts in an arena built in 1996, ain’t exactly the old forum eh? It’s like a visiting team being afraid of the new Yankee stadium, makes no sense. . .

  17. >>Just don’t see the Habs winning this series.

    Is that overconfidence or cockiness? I hope the New York team doesn’t feel the same way.

  18. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Saskatchewan goalie…He gonna get a rude awakening!!!

    RAAAAAAAAANGERS!!!

    Lets gog goggog og oggoogoggog!!

    LETS GO RANGERS LETS GO RANGERS !!!!

  19. CARP, this is a reminder about the reminder you wanted me to remind you about. Also, aren’t all ghosts dead?

  20. Rangers fans should chant “1993” in Game 3 … though a lot of them probably won’t know what that means.

  21. gregm_oldsection403 on

    How do they get the ice so smooth, right after they set it on fire?

  22. Is the dude who choreographs cirque de soliel the guy or gal who created this pre game ceremony?

  23. I notice reporters no longer wish “Good luck” to players after an interview.

  24. Alain Amour on

    A total team effort is needed. From Hank to Boyle. No excuses. Just win.

  25. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    SCREW YOU HABS!!

    LETS go og ogog gogog ogogog!!!

  26. Stephen Harper in the house Greg zzzz. Saskatchewan loves Stephen Harper!!! Not

  27. Couldn’t they do all the pomp and circumstance at 7:40 and drop the puck at 8:00?

  28. Lol Gallagher takes down Nash flies into net and smashes Nash’s head into the ice

  29. come on, can’t let gallagher get away with forearm rub to nash’s head while on the ice.

  30. Refs doing a good job of not callings anything in a game they should be calling a lot.

  31. wow. we gotta get goin, this cant be our gameplan. i knew we would do this cmon rangers

  32. I think we’re going to have a lot of comments tonight.

    Good job, Pierre. Don’t tell us the penalties.

  33. this will be a game where rangers will need to hold the fort for the first ten minutes until montreal settles into the game, right now montreal is flying.

  34. and were the team with the advantage??? cmon this team always plays like this in these types of games

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    Unsportsmanlike? Lol that was the latest icing whistle I’ve ever heard

  36. I hate DOC!!! Every single shot taken is screamed about as if it was a great scoring chance.

  37. iDoodie Machetto on

    THE playing 4 on 4!?!

    DOGS AND CATS, LIVING TOGETHER! MASS HYSTERIA!

  38. that call on D. Moops is exactly why earlier I posted I don’t trust the refs, especially in montreal after the over blown nonsense from Canada.

  39. Admiral Akbar on

    This is a must-win series, with pressure squarely on Rangers playing against an AHL goalie.

    Its a trap!

  40. that’s awful, wtf are the rangers doing there, playing pond hockey, awful puck possession.

  41. Nice answer to a pathetic effort from Stepan behind the net and then Zucc in front.

  42. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! JUst like that! TIE GAME!!!!!!!!

    MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. wow!!! that’s what I call answering the bell. That is the best thing to do, score. Lets see how montreal responds to that goal.

  44. Now that’s my boys!!!!!!! Didn’t event have time to type flukey ugly and post!!!!!!! Stay strong Hank!!!!

  45. Admiral Akbar on

    Fake halluballoo about Kreider?

    Rookie goalie??

    Ahhh… Its all going according to plan..

    Its a trap!!!!

  46. I blame Stepan on there goal couldn’t clear puck and next thing u know we’re defending for 45 sec. Big answer both crap goals

  47. duckbill platypus on

    From twitter: ” the irony of 20k French Canadians waving a white flag..” …ROFL

  48. ThisYearsModel on

    Checking in from Holland. LGR and LG Boneheads! I wanted to contribute my $.40

  49. iDoodie Machetto on

    Pierre must have a bet with someone to say chip chase and check like the guys in super troopers had to say meow

  50. Manny, I always try but unlike you all, I can’t watch closely and post at same time ( no idea how Carp writes, blogs and tweets)

  51. gregm_oldsection403 on

    what the hell is pierre blathering on about? chip and chase?

    oh, there’s this new strategy called dump and chase. it’s brilliant.

    what a doofus.

  52. Miami
    give a pep talk to
    THE
    looks a little tentative out there
    compared to last game
    then
    again
    they all do

    TOO MUCH DAMG BOARD HOCKEY!!!!!
    SKATE BOYS! SKATE!!

  53. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Habs look sharp tonight.

    Save to say they won the first 10 minutes.

    Good thing the score is TIED :)

  54. Play your game boys….stay steady. You can do this. And clear the hartnelling zone!!!

  55. Stranger Nation on

    John Moore is scaring the cr@p out of me

    Richards line is a mess in the Dzone

  56. SERIOUSLY CARP

    with the team showing their
    old STOOOOOOPID
    penchant for using boards
    and it NEVER working
    are they feeling guilty
    and purposely trying to
    lose tonight?

  57. rangers are driving me crazy, not playing the body much but playing the puck with there ol’e poke checks.

  58. Norm Merton on

    Thought the Habs would try to protect the goalie. Instead they’re running a 20-minute PP.

  59. iDoodie Machetto on

    Turnover by The Kreider because Moore have him an awful, ill advised pass.

  60. Norm Merton on

    Now an actual PP. At the rate the Canadiens are moving their feet relative to the static Rangers, this shouldn’t take long.

  61. this is the sort of Bland Effort
    i was SERIOUSLY
    afraid of
    and
    hoping against hopeyness
    that
    they would actually
    continue to act as if
    they own a PAIR
    and
    play somewhat like the last game

  62. iDoodie Machetto on

    With Vanek, you need to be more specific which tire fire you’re referring to.

  63. “That rookie goalie is not seeing enough action.”

    You don’t think he has a good view of the other end of the ice?

  64. sheeeeeeeeeeeeezus!!!!

    did they totally forget
    how to play
    (again)?!?!?

    not making tokey’s life hard
    awful board hockey
    that just sends ‘em scrambling
    bad coverages in their zone

    C’MON ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. From twitter: ” the irony of 20k French Canadians waving a white flag..” …ROFL

    LOL

  66. i’m sorry but nash is garbage. hes lucky hes even on the roster after his last 20 something playoff games. he got a lucky goal on a cold backup. hope they buy him out instead of richie

  67. Norm Merton on

    McD couldn’t catch it clean or the rook might have had a real save to make.

  68. worst effort this playoffs by far. and how many straight losses in a row do we have now after leading? its kinda

    nash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    NASH ATTACK!!

  70. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    NASHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHer

    scores again!!!!

    Ha.

  71. iManny-O-War on

    I just wanted to get to the locker room tied

    Boom!

    Owned that first pair defensive change

  72. Stranger Nation on

    great pass by THe – flat and on the tape

    step smartly went to goal to clear it out

  73. That is the complete antithesis of a typical NYR period.

    NYR usually dominate and lose the period. This was the opposite! LGR!

  74. Norm Merton on

    Not sure why AV keeps dressing that dog, #61. Almost as though he thinks quality eventually shows itself or something.

  75. Stranger Nation on

    cannot believe, I say, cannot believe we are ahead son. Now pay attention boy, ya might learn something

  76. Stranger, say hel-, I say, say hello to ol’ Foggie for me. Seems like he’s roosting ’round your device. Phone, tablet, or personal computer, that is.

  77. iDoodie Machetto on

    Lundqvist playing out of his mind. Tokarski, less so. Nash’s shot hit him in the shoulder.

  78. Please, children, stop with the premature celebration. Still a lot of hockey to play.

  79. “worst effort this playoffs by far”

    or since i jumped back onto the ship following Game 5.

  80. Rangers get absolutely dominated in the first, yet have the lead. Usually we’re on the other end of that.

  81. Eddie Eddie Eddie
    TNWRA

    Gnash scores the next goal

    Book it

    May 19th, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    WOW! PROPS…

  82. if my headache and sinus pressure
    continues in this manner
    my skull’s gonna explode
    SERIOUSLY

    anyone know how to do a self-trepanation?
    ilb?

  83. Got home just in time for the game. A student jumped out of a window at Baruch College.

  84. umm guys, lets thank our lucky stars we have hank and they dont have price. we really sucked bad that period. lets not cream our g.i. joe underwears just yet

  85. Alain Amour on

    Total team effort through one period. Total team effort needed through the final two periods. From Hank to Boyle. No excuses. Just win.

  86. Mama, yea very sad, I was there with my kid filling out forms for his graduation. Come out and surrounded by emergency crew. School safety said it was a jumper. Just found out it was a student.

  87. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Grabby – at 1-1, I had a vision.I also predicted Nash scoring GWG. I’m Claire Voy Ant

  88. alain amour- im with ya man. we need a gigantor the space age robot effort tonight. maybe if we had the great garlu,godzilla,mothra,rodan,ghidora and the smog monster we might just pull this out

  89. This Geico ad, official sponsor of the NHL, where they say it’s tough to get to the Cup? What does that mean? Do they think you get the Cup if you get to the finals? Do they mean, it’s tough to win the Cup? Couldn’t somebody who understands hockey edit that?

  90. Holding my breath…weathered the forecast storm surge in Period 1…and found a way to tie it up and go one up.

  91. Hate those stories….hate to say this too, but glad yours is graduated and not just checking in….awful

  92. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’ll tell you what’s stupid….Discover surprise guy opens his door as if he’s expecting a surprise….Watch it in slow motion,

    #lame dude

  93. Geico ad is stupid on many levels. Annoyed me until both teams were knocked out, and made the ad even stupider…like another ad that still has Boston in it….hahahhahaha

    I think those teams allow them to be in ads. Glad we don’t

  94. “Couldn’t somebody who understands hockey edit that?”

    Apparently someone who doesn’t understand by/from can!

  95. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  96. Johnny"we arent built for this" boy on

    Looks like Torts is coaching this game.. collapse the D

  97. The ref’s skate also prevented a MTL icing in the first period. Now ref stares at slew foot, no call!

  98. Sorry to hear about the jumper…what was he doing out on the ledge anyway, he a habs fan?

  99. iManny-O-War on

    Agree, ORR. That’s why my plan involves getting the linesman off the freaking ice. Need more space!

  100. Stranger Nation on

    Latona – linesman also inter, I say, intefered with the little Louie earlier

  101. We’ve been waiting for that from MSL since we traded for him. That’s why he’s worth Callahan and the 2 1st rounders.

  102. Bad penalty by Pouliot again. He plays so well but takes such stupid penalties. Hope they kill it off. Key moment in the game here.

  103. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO!!!!

  104. Yes, I’m sorry, just so many comments about the ledge being full as soon as the Rangers show any sign of weakness.

  105. Stranger Nation on

    Hags dragged down again – tripping in neural zone in Habs new tactic

  106. I dint know about you guys but every time john Moore is stuck on ice defending I hold my breathe.

  107. Wow, it’s actually a pretty well played and entertaining game. Unless, of course, you’re a fan of either of those teams.

  108. Understood Dave…and the Rangers fan ledge is a crazy place, but thanks for the oops ….mama love

    Now LGR!!!

  109. Maybe if Montreal wasnt so obsessed with drawing penalties on the Rangers, a team that once again is near the top of least penalized teams in the league, they’d have more luck.

  110. Eric I think Moore has been amazing tonight. You guys know he was a Kitchener ranger as well?

  111. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    While Hank will win the Conn Smythe, we are missing the best C in the league this game.

  112. Blogmama, I was waiting a bit figuring someone would make such a comment, then wondered if it was too soon and in questionable taste. I don’t comment much but the Rangers are my longest ongoing “relationship”, we’ve been together since the mid 70’s.

  113. Les Canadians & their fans displaying hockey provincialism;
    shouldn’t they know the game of hockey & that not every call has to go their way?

  114. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’d let TAM start games 3 and 4. Have Hank well rested for the finals.

  115. Alain Amour on

    Canadiens fans are hoping Hank will screw up at least twice more in this game.

  116. Dave…..it’s all good, swear….we’re on the same side….please comment here lots and lots….

  117. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The Habs could have a 5 minute 5 on 3, and Hank would save them all.

    This game is almost anti-climatic….

  118. ThisYearsModel on

    Wstching the HNIC feed. These gents sure are bummed that the Rangers are winning.

  119. it was a crappy penalty. kreider does this at least once a game. he almost always makes up for it but the man-child has to be reigned in and get a talking to by av very soon

  120. Norm Merton on

    What in the world was Kreider thinking? Probably the thinking won’t happen until after another season or two. More than getting by on speed and heart for now, but a coach’s nightmare right there.

  121. Kill this get puck deep no neutral zone turnovers thus giving them speed and we go home 2-0

  122. Watching Marv Albert do the Spurs-OKC game on TNT while the Rangers are in the ECF in Montreal feels wrong…all wrong. So he bit a back, so what? He’s OUR back biter. M

  123. ThisYearsModel on

    PJ Stock is a moron. How does he get a job on HNIC? They should upgrade and hire Duguay or Anson.

  124. Alain Amour on

    Total team effort through two periods. Total team effort needed for one more period. From Hank to Boyle. No excuses. Just win.

  125. I’ll stick with Kenny, thanks….my whole formative years were all Marv, but..um…no…judges buzzer…!!!!!

  126. I wonder what Suban could possibly be chirping at boyle there at the end of the 2nd period, complaining to boyle he is blocking to many of his shots?

  127. You’re a bonehead, Manny. You need a loud jacket or a really bad understanding of the English language to be a buffoon.

  128. Dumb penalty. He’ll learn. But you have to be careful how you approach teaching him the lesson. You don’t want him to stop being aggressive.

  129. Mac Truck with a goal and an assist tonight after a 4 point effort in game 1…

    SCOTT GOMEZ… LOL!

  130. Kreider is like a young Jose Reyes was. Need to instill smarts without taking away instincts.

  131. AV spent too much time convincing Dorsett and Carcillo to stay out of the box. Forgot the other knuckleheads!

  132. No way Tokarski gets a clean period if the Rangers put some pressure on him. He’s looked incredibly shaky all game.

  133. boy I hope the rangers resign boyle, great 4th line guy. I hope sather doesn’t turn over the roster like he did at the end of 2012 season.

  134. iManny-O-War on

    Stralman can go. If a kid can’t replace him (with Coach Klein moving up) we’re in trouble.

  135. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    I’m NOT liking the start. rangers look like they want to play dump and pull back.

  136. Can’t believe Vanek turned down $50 MILLION from the Isles. If anyone gives him that kind of money they are NUTS.

  137. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Vanek wants to play in MN. They will pay him the same. He doesn’t want to live in New York, when you can live on a lake in MN.

  138. Richards buyout a discussion point as Rangers have an honest-to-God chance to make the Cup final? Who ARE you people? Focus on the job at hand, I say!

  139. I feel another ranger goal coming up, best fore check they’ve had in the entire game last few minutes.

  140. Carp, you always make that complaint about Stepan! He has a great shot, why doesn’t he use it?? He was wide open.. Makes me nuts!

  141. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Step needs to shoot the puck there!

    Carp you will have to ask him point blank when they get back to MSG.

    Why not shoot?

  142. gregm_oldsection403 on

    At least 3 times in this game alone, Stepan gave up a shot and tried to make a pass.

  143. ThisYearsModel on

    Great job so far this period. Smart, efficient, good passing and positioning.

  144. He benched Kreider last 7 mind of game 7. U need responsible wingers now. No issues with move. Quick changes

    Can’t pass up 2 in1 step. Cant

  145. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    LOL Rob :)

    You’re right this is boring to watch this time of the year.

  146. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    and, really, you haven’t seen the Rangers best game at all tonight.

  147. That play by Zucc in the corner not so good – fortunately Weaver couldn’t hold it in.

  148. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Risky business here.

    Not liking all this action in Hank’s neighborhood.

  149. They are surging, need to hang tough. We are going to get an odd man rush because they are going to have to pinch.. We need to bury it when it happens..

  150. Don’t mind that shot from Poo. Got us to the next commercial with a faceoff in the MTL zone.

  151. was Pouliot’s family threatened?

    no reason for a shot from waaaaaaaaaaaaay away from
    center.
    at least the faceoff is in opponent’s zone

  152. Pouliot exhausted on that 3×1, shoots one with Norm velocity towards the net’s area code.

  153. sucker’s bet
    that he’ll bet out on the opponent’s pp
    but
    that had to be
    called

  154. If he didn’t let up that was a 5. That’s pretty much the only thing he did right.

  155. Again with Pouliot. If the Rangers win this, he needs a game off. That was utterly inexcusable.

  156. To all the stats and naysayer people, I say hahahahahaha

    Plus, I will never get direct TV based on that creepy commercial

    Hank!!!i. LGR!

    Historical ghostbusting!

    Bring it home for the salute!

  157. Will Pouliot learn from this as he sits in the box watching the nightmare he has caused for his team?

  158. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  159. If the Rangers win 6 times in the next 12 games they will win the Stanley Cup!?!?!?!

  160. Hank was amazing tonight. But you have to admire how they played this game as a team. Montreal has much more problems than they even imagined. And that’s before Price went down. Congrats, boneheads. It’s a special team. Enjoy the ride.

  161. The only two important goals that Hank has given up were unlucky and the first goal should never have happened as the Canadiens had 7 men on the ice.

  162. wow!!! I must admit, I hope I’m not dreaming and this is all a reality. ECF finals, rangers up 2-0, get a good 2 day rest. I can’t wait to hear the garden crowd Thursday.

  163. Get this, the team that scored first didn’t win.

    Breaking down all the barriers.

    *Make Some Noise*

  164. _Yeah, shoulda started Talbot!_

    No, shoulda traded Hank in the beginning of the season…coulda gotten second rounder for him!

  165. Halfway home.

    96 series last meeting rangers lose first 2 at home win 4 straight. Can happen. One at a time.

  166. Subban held the puck too long at the end, but he never stopped busting it. I’d take him on my team.

  167. Could someone tell Dugay to shut up in terms of giving the Habs suggestions on how to beat Hank?

  168. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Eric, I hope you are enjoying this, my friend.

    The most improbable run to the Cup Finals EVER. Who wouldda thunk it?????

  169. While I would love another game on Wed, I think it really benefits the team to have 2 days off. HOPEFULLY we will have Brassard back on Thursday!

  170. Such a good time for a hot streak. Hank in the zone. If he continues to play like this, *anything* is possible.

  171. Five games ago, we were all whining like babies. My version was to ask whom the Rangers would not consider trading and offered Lundqvist and Dom Moore as the only no-brainer keeps. Now this team is poised to do something almost alarming, with all hands on deck (except Pouliot tonight — that was brutal).

  172. What is Callahan thinking? Is he rooting for them since many of them are his friends? Or is he thinking that they are doing this without him and really wants them to lose? If he captained the Rangers to the Cup or even just the finals you’d think it would be worth a lot of $$ come free agency.

  173. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Hank has been glorious the last 7-8 games. There can be no doubt that he is an elite goalie now.

    That said, it seems this Montreal team had the starch taken out of them by the ex-best team in hockey last round.

  174. I too dont think Rangers stole anything. Deserved the win. Wouldnt shock me a bit to see Pouliot get a call from the NHL. Does he deserve it? Neighhhh

  175. Sather trades a lot of picks and has a spotty draft record, but hard to criticize the last three years.

  176. Matty, I’m up here in Bruins country, and the media is just killing them, especially after the 7-2 game. Tomorrow will be a feeding frenzy.

  177. You know how every year, in the playoffs there’s that team that seems to catch fire? Their healthy, getting some bounces, have a hot goalie. Every year I think, why can’t that be us? Well don’t look now but I think it is us.

  178. What I’ve seen in 2 games, and the biggest difference is that the rangers players (outside of The, who can be a bit brutal in this regard) are much better when they do not have the puck.

    you can really see that when they get down and every hab player tries to take the puck and skate through the whole rangers team.

    The rangers on the other hand, support the puck help each other in battles and let the Habs make those mistakes. Textbook way to beat a team like Montreal

  179. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Perfect they scored 3 times. Now, what do you do if you are Therien? The bad move was putting this kid in and bypassing Budaj. Now you have 2 goalies with downtrodden ego’s.

    BOYEEEEEE!!

  180. I also hope that the kings and hawks play 7 games and at least 3 of them go to OT and they beat the crap out of each other.

  181. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Lol, Norm.

    Job for life!! no need!!

    Clearly, for whatever reason the stars have aligned, this validates everything he has done for the last 3-5 years. Sadly, I do admit.

  182. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Now, if I’m Sather, I’m really glad to have the endorsement of Millbury (S)

  183. Two things:

    This new playoff format is helping us a ton. Would’ve had to go through Montreal first, then either Boston or Pittsburgh in the second round and the other one in the ECF. So this path has helped out, but either way they look good.

    Forget that Nash scored, his off the puck play has been so much better these last few games. I’ll still say that trade was poor until they win a cup, but he’s been handling himself so much better than many other players would if they were struggling (i.e. Crosby).

  184. I liked Sather better as a player — good flow, eh? — but no question he has pushed the right buttons of late.

  185. LOL! Jamal Meyers talking about MTL’s penalty kill while they are showing clips of NYR’s penalty kill.

  186. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Johnny D, if we played Boston 1st, 2nd or 3rd round, we’re mush. We have been very lucky.

  187. Which fan base was brimming with more confidence, Pens fans after the Rangers pathetic effort in game 4 or Rangers fans right now?

  188. Use the amnesty on Nash (s).

    You can’t have your goalie make the most money (s).

    Rangers D is soft (s).

  189. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    So, there goes the Rangers win one, lose one every series. Something tells me this is unlikely to go 7.

    There go the ghosts and goblins of Montreal. There goes the PP sucks thing. There goes the “Hanka Hanka’ thing.

    A whole lotta things going bye-bye.

  190. St. Louis has to say that, but from this Bonehead’s point of view, they’ve accomplished a hell of a lot.

  191. Five wins in a row. I don’t think we did that in the regular season, did we?

  192. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Carp, now, who’s captain next year? You thinking what I’m thinking?

  193. Dave, has to be Pens fans. Ranger fans have too much “experience” to think that way.
    Though it do feel good right now, it do indeed.

  194. iManny-O-War on

    Do they go back to Budaj or trust Dusty Toque’s 3 games worth of road numbers?

  195. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Rangers have been dominating the back page of the Post these days.

    Hey, Carpy, I wonder how Bondy feels with his ‘Sather sucks’ article. Rough timing for him.

  196. Win game two ??
    Win second game in a row, while leading series. ??
    Win game after other team scores first ??

    There is no *normal* anymore.

  197. somebody explain to me again why Ron Duguay is a post game analyst for the rangers and msg?

  198. Stranger Nation on

    that was an total team effort…any Henk saved our bacon.

    Wow, that little fugger Gallagher doesn’t mind the dirty areas. Got to continue to pound that guy.

    the PP goal was text book – absolute beauty – pass, pass, screen, shot – boom!

  199. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Not only will the rangers win the cup this year, but I predict next year and the year after too….

  200. because he’s a clown and a buffoon, tommy. That’s who TV hires. clowns and buffoons. Milbury, JR to name two, Don Cherry.

  201. Stranger Nation on

    turned off msg – no point watching that clown show – what a shame they can’t produce a decent show

  202. Looks like Duguay left the jacket on when he went to the tanning salon, why take it off now?

  203. iManny-O-War on

    Going to Budaj is insanity. I think it happens too, Eric. But it’s insanity

  204. iManny-O-War on

    Saxophones make everything better. Even *Metal* (_See_ Ihsahn, Yakuza, etc.)

  205. “not get hurt”………not the greatest word choice by Hank during post-game press conference
    whoops!!

  206. Rick Nash played well in every aspect of this game and has been playing well defensively all playoffs.

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