Game 2: Rangers at Canadiens tonight (8 p.m) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Monday, May 19, 8:00 p.m. ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 9-6 (1-0)*
Canadiens: 8-4 (0-1)*

* Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup. The Blueshirts lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0, following their 7-2 victory in Game 1 on Saturday at Bell Centre. New York enters the contest with a 222-239-8 record all-time in 469 playoff contests (124-92-2 at home; 98-147-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens - Game One

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS, RANGERS VS. CANADIENS
The Rangers and Canadiens are meeting in the playoffs for the 15th time, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996. The Rangers have posted a 7-7 playoff series record against Montreal, and are 26-34-2 in 62 playoff contests against the Canadiens. New York has faced off in more playoff series against Montreal than any NHL opponent, and has now faced the Canadiens in at least one playoff series in seven out of the last nine decades. The Rangers have won five consecutive playoff games against the Canadiens, including four straight in Montreal.

RANGERS vs. CANADIENS (Regular Season):
All-Time: 192-324-94-4 overall (127-124-54-1 at home; 65-200-40-3 on the road)
2013-14: New York was 1-1-1 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-1 on the road). All three contests were separated by two goals or fewer, and two games were separated by one goal. The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer in every contest, giving up a total of three goals in the three games. Cam Talbot posted his first career NHL shutout against Montreal on Nov. 16, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan each tallied an assist against the Canadiens during the season. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 10-11 (90.9%) in the three contests.
• New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (5-3 in the playoffs); Montreal was 23-13-5 at home (4-2 in the playoffs)
• New York lists three former Canadiens on its roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10); Benoit Pouliot (2009-10 – 2010-11); Raphael Diaz (2011-12 – 2013-14)
• Montreal lists two former Rangers on its roster: Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12); Dale Weise (2010-11)
• Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
• Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault served as the Canadiens’ coach from 1997-98 – 2000-01

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANADIENS (Regular Season):New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens - Game One
• Henrik Lundqvist – 27 GP, 13-11-2, 2.84 GAA, 1 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 49 GP, 18-22—40
• Brad Richards – 40 GP, 9-14—23
• Dominic Moore – 28 GP, 4-13—17
• Dan Girardi – 28 GP, 3-6 —9

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Power Play: The Rangers were 3-7 (10:47) in Game 1 at Montreal. The Blueshirts are ninth in the NHL overall (9-62, 14.5%), and are tied for sixth on the road (6-33, 18.2%) in the playoffs. They have allowed two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter); 5/17 at MTL (Eller). The Rangers have tallied a PPG in three of their last four games (6-18; 33.3% over the span). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 3-3 (5:21) in Game 1 at Montreal. The Blueshirts are eighth in the NHL overall (37-44, 84.1%), and are seventh on the road (21-25, 84.0%) in the playoffs. The Rangers have not allowed a PPG in the last six games (16 times shorthanded), and are 24-25 (96.0%) in their last nine games. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) in the regular season. The Rangers were 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 10: 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 1 at Montreal. The Blueshirts are -1 in 16 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (20:08), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh); 3/7 at CAR (Nash); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (10): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).

NHL LEADERS – PLAYOFFS
The Rangers rank first among teams still in the playoffs in:
• Goals Against Per Game (2.13)
• Blocked Shots (268)
• Shots Against Per Game (27.9)

• Henrik Lundqvist is 1st in wins (nine), is tied for 2nd in GAA (1.99) and is 2nd in SV% (.929)
• Rick Nash is 1st in shots on goal (54)
• Kevin Klein is tied for 1st in plus/minus rating (plus-eight)
• Dan Girardi is tied for 1st in blocked shots (40)

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers tallied seven goals in their Game 1 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday, as seven different players recorded a goal. It was the first time the Blueshirts tallied seven goals in a playoff game since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta, and the first time they tallied at least seven goals in a playoff game on the road since they recorded eight in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 8, 1995 at Quebec. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time seven different Rangers tallied a goal in a playoff game since Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 9, 1983.

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh registered four points (one goal, three assists) in Game 1 on Saturday, tying a team-record for the most points by a defenseman in a playoff game. It was the fifth time a Blueshirts defenseman had recorded four points in a playoff game (Brian Leetch – twice, Brad Park, and Dave Maloney). McDonagh leads all Rangers defensemen in goals (two) and points (seven) in the playoffs.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. Lundqvist set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive victory in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. He has posted a 10-2 record, with a 1.32 GAA, a .957 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 12 games when the Rangers have faced elimination. The Rangers goaltender has started a franchise-record, 81 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist is the third goalie in NHL history to start 80 consecutive playoff games with one team (Martin Brodeur – New Jersey, Patrick Roy – Colorado).

NYR GOALIES ALL-TIME PLAYOFF WINS
1. Mike Richter – 41
2. Henrik Lundqvist – 39
3. Ed Giacomin – 29

FAST START/STRONG FINISH
The Rangers have posted an 8-2 record when scoring the first goal of the game in the playoffs. Including the regular season, New York has won 39 of 48 games when tallying the first goal this year. The Blueshirts are 7-0 when leading after the second period in the playoffs. The Rangers have won 35 out of 38 regular season and playoff games when leading after two periods this year.

FINAL FOUR
The Rangers have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in the last three seasons. Since the NHL expanded to a four-round playoff format prior to the 1974-75 season, this is the second time that the Blueshirts have advanced to the third round of the playoffs twice in a three-year span (1979-1981 – reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979, reached the Semifinals in 1981).

DAN’S THE MAN
Dan Girardi is one game shy of passing Rod Gilbert for sole possession of fifth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list.

NYR ALL-TIME PLAYOFF GAMES PLAYED LIST
2. Don Maloney – 85
3. Ron Greschner – 84
4. Brian Leetch – 82
T-5. Dan Girardi – 79
T-5. Rod Gilbert – 79

INJURIES (10 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• None

Photos by Getty Images.

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

    Hope the boys are going to be ok after a draining day Sunday.

    Lets have a great team effort , back each other and do the unthinkable…beat Montreal back to back in MTL.

  2. Jim from NJ on

    At what point does the passing of MSL’s mother fade into the background? Or is it in the forefront until this runs ends, whenever and however it does? Obviously, there’s a link there, but – maybe this is just me – but it feels like it’s edging closer to the point where it’s just getting exploitive.

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

    No fading here. The funeral seals it.

    This is a real event Jim and our team is forever bonded with MSL that the rest of the playoffs are dedicated to her by MSL and the rest of our team . Its not fake so it will not be exloited . 7 more win and the piece to the Cup puzzle gets put in and Buttman said , Martin STLouis come get the stanley cup , everyone over come with emotion cheer as MSL is carried off …

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

    That is what it’s all about

    tears of joy , sadness , achievement will fill our eyes

    This year in history will always be remembered by a team rallying together to help heal a new teammate that replaced our Captain and became our honorary captain that let us to a level we could never of understood a few months ago.

  5. Jim from NJ on

    Not saying this isn’t a real thing for the team; this obviously has galvanized them, and the emotions being felt here aren’t being faked. What I meant when I asked – and I apologize if I wasn’t clearer – is if/when the Rangers media coverage becomes less about the death of France St. Louis and more about what this team is doing on the ice. And, to be even more clear, I mean this more for the outlets that don’t follow the team or hockey in general (Carp has been very balanced with it, for example, while others who haven’t written a story about the Rangers since ’94 have not).

  6. I think tonight’s game is going to be very emotional. Habs fans are going to go postal on THE every time he touches the puck. There is going to be snarl. Galchenyuk may be back so that adds speed to the lineup for them. Hanks gonna have his hands full. I suspect many more than 22 shots are coming his way, plus a boatload of crease traffic.fully prepared for the loss, but i still think our boys can score one or two more than them tonight, they just don’t strike me as defensively sound believe it or not. They cannot handle our forward lines with their last pair and subban didn’t distinguish himself at all in his own end. Why do I think 5-3 Rangers tonight? Although if price stands on his head 3-2 Habs.

    We will find out. Let’s go Rangers!!

    Kings have hawks right where they want them olga

  7. When did Chris Kreider become John Scott? I hope he hangs a three pack on the Habs tonight.

    Keep the foot in the gas, boys!

    LGR!!!

  8. Sioux-per-man on

    Top of the morning boys!

    Game day. Here’s hoping we play the Same game.

    This is a special team peaking at the right time. And now that the monkey is off Nash’s back, This team can go to another level :)

    This is the year:)

  9. Admiral Akbar on

    Well, tonight we will see if the transparent tactic of rallying against THE Kreider in order to take something from Game 1 works for Le Herbs.

  10. I refuse to get too high or low here. One game at a time. At worst we leave with a split and head home. I’ll take that. It’s great to see the team running on all cylinders for 4 straight games. Any word on Brass? If he plays then we have a set four lines all of which add something to the team. I can’t remember the last time we could roll four lines and not feel uncomfortable with any of them out there.

    BTW – Kevin Klein +8 (yeah, I know it’s kind of a bad stat), but the one thing I will say, is he’s really settled down our d to the point where, I really don’t worry about the third pair anymore.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Please pay attention to why the Habs are talking about THE. If they didn’t have that to talk about, they would just be throwing up cliches about how getting their tails whupped in Game 1 is no big deal. They played a team in their barn that beat them at their own game. That has to be very deflating.
    On top of that, their best player is now hurt. We cannot go into this game glad to get a split. Great teams step on the jugular when they have the opponent down. Time for our boys to end another streak on losing Game 2s or whatever it is.
    One great attribute about AV is he is very very even keeled which helps the team manage the ups and downs of a long playoff run. Just play YOUR game boys. Don’t worry about their midget tough guys.
    Why not us??
    Game on! MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!

  12. The tragic and untimely death of MSL’s mom clearly put things in perspective for the Rangers and brought them together as a team. MSL playing in Game 5 clearly inspired them and has pushed them forward.

    What is sickening to me is how the Habs are now trying to create a “rallying” point with the Kreider play.

    These things have to happen organically for their to be an impact on a team. They can’t be manufactured.

    I understand that the Habs are under tremendous pressure due to the city they play in and the ferociousness of the coverager; but give me a break!

    How about the HIT AWAY FROM THE PLAY ON BRASSARD??? He was playing great and centering our most effective line. In my opinion, that hit was worse than what happened to Price.

    I hope Price plays and I hope Brassard plays. Let’s not forget that Price gave up two very quick goals before the collision with kreider and there is no way his knee affected the third goal because Kreider buried it and Price barely had time to move.

    The whole faux controversy is NONSENSE!

  13. Good morning, boneheads!

    Jim, I agree with most of what you said. But being exploitative is a nature of many low level media outlets in general. Try to follow the ones that concentrate on hockey part of it, like the one we all follow here.

    Tonight’s game is as important as they’ve played all postseason long. They will be facing a desperate team. Montreal will approach this game as must win. And they should. Because they know, if they are going to NY down 2-0, it will be a short and painful series.

    I believe that we are watching a very special team this year, things turned around after game 4 against Pittsburgh. You can feel how they are together, and play for each other. If they win tonight, watch out, this will be a very special year. Enjoy the ride, folks.

  14. We can’t say that the sad passing of MSL’s mother is responsible for this. Yes, its become a rallying cry and added some emotion but also you’ve got guys out on the ice knowing each shift could be his last of the season, you’ve also got Kreider coming back (which IS the biggest factor IMO), Mack Truck has fully healed from his shoulder injury, or its at least not bothering him as much, Stralman, Klein and JMoore have all played solidly. The one pleasant surprise is how much effect Dom Moore has had on each game, he’s won some huge face offs, added a couple of assists and almost single-handedly made Crosby a non-factor.

  15. I believe that both plays ( the hit on Brasard and Kreider knocking Price off his skates ) were nothing more than just hockey plays. You can argue that one was a bit late, or whatever, but those were hockey plays. I’ll say this, I’d love it if Canadiens tonight concentrate more on running Kreider rather than trying to figure out why he constantly ends up behind their supposedly speedy defensemen.

  16. Non hockey fan coworker:

    “Why are there two halftimes during the game. Wouldn’t it be better if there was just one?”

    Ugh…

  17. Good Morning folks,

    hope everyone had as good a weekend as me. I’m excited for more hockey!

  18. Oh and this BS “rallying call” Montreal are trying to use against THE Kreider crashing into Price. Maybe Prust should beat up his 2 defensemen first who allowed him through then both tried to sweep his feet (Emelin did successfully knock Kreider off balance with his lunge).

    I hope Dorse and Carbomb are giving THE Kreider some Youngblood montage style training this week!!

  19. any time anyone brings up montage, I think of the scene from Team America World Police

  20. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    Habs will come out swinging ..the rangers should keep out of the box.. score first and make the habs pay .
    Even if price plays ,I doubt if he’s 100% and with montreal squawking.you can bet that the next ranger who crashes the net will get 2.

    Are there any golf courses in Quebec ?

  21. Montreal Locker room scene after Game 1:

    Subban: Hell no, man. We got our butts kicked.
    Emelin: Thirty seconds. We went like this, he went like that. I said to PK, “Where’d he go?” Subban says, “Where’d who go?”

  22. I expect a tougher game form the Canadiens tonight. If we win this one and show lots of speed again, it would be a good indicator that our team speed is a problem for them, and not that they were flat coming off an emotional game 7 with the Bruins.

    I would really like to see Kreider have another great game. I suspect he will be in the penalty box at least once tonight.

  23. Why the New York Rangers should thank the Vancouver Canucks

    About this time last year, after his Canucks were eliminated with ease in the first round for the second straight post-season, Aquilini knew he had to make changes. His team was two years removed from making the Stanley Cup final and was nowhere near getting back there. Either GM Mike Gillis or coach Alain Vigneault had to go.
    Well, we all know how that one worked out. Aquilini picked the wrong head to roll. It was his Eugene Melnyk moment, when in the summer of 2006 Melnyk let GM John Muckler keep Wade Redden and allowed Zdeno Chara to leave via free agency.

    Because of his brain cramp, Aquilini is paying somewhere between $8 million and $16 million for Gillis and John Tortorella not to do any more damage to the organization. Vigneault, meanwhile, is making a case for being the best coach in the NHL this season.

    http://tinyurl.com/mbar3m3

  24. Manny-O-War on

    If you guys didn’t see, OVECHKIN was injured (quite seriously supposedly) while playing in Worlds. I’m sure that scarier than the injury was being treated for said injury in a Russian hospital. But hey, he’s got coinage to pay.

    I guess it’s a leg injury.

  25. I f I was kreider I would keep my head up tonight because he will get targeted and the rangers defense better protect lundqvist because I have a feeling montreal is going to play a nasty game.

  26. Robby Bonfire on

    How great it would be if the Rangers can beat Montreal in five or six games, while the Kings and Black Hawks batter each other over seven games. Kings coming off a seven game series vs. Anaheim and Chicago would be the ideal set-up, especially if we can dump Montreal quickly.

    That’s not optimism, so much as the most favorable scenario. This is what dispatching Pittsburgh after being down 1-3, can do for your fantasy life.

  27. ilb2001, don’t trust the refs, this is montreal and I’ve seen plenty when it comes to the nhl refs.

  28. It’s not about penalties, tommy. It’s about the game plan. If that’s their game plan, they will lose tonight.

  29. Anyone know if Travis Moen is injured or was he a healthy scratch in game 1?

  30. From the LB article:

    “When the Rangers play Game 3 of this series at the Garden on Thursday night, check out the Rangers’ logo at center ice. To the left, there is the numeral 19. To the right, the numeral 26. They of course signify the year the Rangers entered the NHL, 1926.
    But 19 and 26 also represent the numbers on the backs of, respectively, Richards and St. Louis.”

    I LIKE THAT!

    “WHY NOT US?”

  31. Manny-O-War on

    I agree, ilb. I think that the Canadiens, if they go after Kreider and Hank the whole time, will lose. That’s a totally *unfocused* way to play a VERY important game for your season.

  32. Manny-O-War on

    Moen definitely got banged up in the Bruins series and was on the list of Moen, Prust and Whyte as potentially injured, not 100%. Those guys have been being swapped throughout the playoffs for Montreal.

  33. I was not a fan of Torts system ( It’s documented here as far back as the 2012 playoffs)

    I always felt the irony of his system “defensive system” – against good teams, they often conceded puck possession and played way too much of the time without the puck dropping down low, leaving the points uncovered in the DZone. Very little transition leading to offensive chances.

    However, I doubt this Ranger team would be as mentally tough as it appears to be now without having gone through the Torts years as a precursor to AV.

    Given the choice of a coaching sequence, I’d much rather have AV following Torts than Torts following AV. Canucks got the short end of the stick on that change for sure.

  34. As Carpie likes to say, tonight is going to be an “onions” game.

    For sure.

    Can’t wait.

  35. Just back in NY after a trip to Disney World, during which the Rangers pulled off possibly their best four game stretch since ’94 (or maybe ’96 when they came back win 4 straight against Montreal after dropping the first two at home in that series)

    So, in other words. If the Rangers lose tonight, it’s because I left the Magic Kingdom.

    So I’ll take full blame. And return immediately. :-)

  36. CJP,

    I was out of the house for the first period of Game 5 of the Pens series and couldn’t post to the Go Time Thread.

    I arrived home as the 2nd period started, fired up my IPAD and was ready to start posting when Malkin scored to make it 2-1.

    At that point, I decided to put down the IPad. I haven’t posted on a Go Time thread during the games since and they are 4-0.

    My IPAD was the jinx.

  37. I haven’t felt this strange combination of excitement AND confidence regarding this team in a loooooong time.

    Game 2 demons will end tonight.

  38. SIOUX - Rangers in 7 on

    CCCP – Great point.

    Now does that make Sather look like a genius?

    He should get some credit now for making the switch, right?

  39. I really hope they do, Booby. Game 2, have a lead, etc. Possibly facing a large-framed Backup goaltender. IN MONTREAL.

    It’s a hell setup for this team.

  40. 13 straight losses when leading a series and 8 straight game 2 losses. Enough is enough.

  41. Kings have no answer for hawks. Nothing this year will change from last years 5 games. Hawks def too deep.

    Be overwhelming fav to win cup next round.

    Rangers or habs pull off major upset if they do it

  42. SIOUX - Rangers in 7 on

    Yev- Thanks for sharing the *Gift of Gomez* article.

    How does a Ranger fan not smile while reading that.

    McD will be our next Captain. The story just keeps getting better and better :)

  43. it’s been said many times…absolutely no “momentum” between games…the 7-2 win a (good) memory but means nothing tonight. As Confucious says: “Clean slate; grab it!”

  44. SIOUX - Rangers in 6 on

    Eric I agree. I think the Rangers put that game 2 ghost to bed tonight and leave the Bell Centre up 2-0.

    Part of me won’t be surprised if they split the series.

    But FRANCE will make the difference. She has the reason this team has bonded and gone on a 4 game win streak. Marty makes the difference tonight, and gets the game winning goal for her. You know Marty’s family will be there, all of them, even Mom!

  45. I gave everyone a one game WBM (c) reprieve, but now back to business. Expect Montreal to come back, avenge the “dirty” play by THE, and reverse the beatdown. Their game 2 history speaks for itself, as does the record when leading a series. They average 1.46 GPG in the last 13 when leading a series.

    I believe someone on here would refer to the impending doom as a dogs-breakfast no-talent clown-show performance.

    Let’s talk about the *offseason*.

  46. Interesting to see what happens with Price as he was visibly affected by the injury on goals 3 and 4.

    The question is would the Rangers rather face an injured Price, Budaj who looked shaky in relief and isn’t that good to begin with or the young prospect Tokarski.

    Whatever the outcome, this should benefit the Rangers

  47. Stranger Nation on

    Eric – you may be right, but remember, BHawks are playing at home where they are undefeated. Kings pound the body like Rocky and it takes a 2 or 3 games for loosen up their opponent.
    Don’t count out the comeback kids yet…

  48. Hawks 18-2 at home lat 2 postseasons 7-0 this year. Who’s beating this team 4 times. Dynasty in making.

  49. @reporterchris Peter Budaj was the first goalie off the ice at #habs skate.

    *WE ARE SCREWED*

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Budaj off the ice first. So if Price is out, it will be Budaj over Tokarski.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    I tend to think Price is playing tonight. He played out the rest of that period. If he was hurt badly enough to not be able to play two days later, I don’t think he finishes the period.

  52. LOL. You’re right. Unless Price dresses. Then we are completely screwed with *Budaj*

    He’s a Rangers nightmare. Backup goaltender that is a large man.

  53. Price doesn’t always practice in morning skates.

    But…if Budaj is starting, shutout. And Galchenyuk’s first game back should be good for a hattie.

  54. Yes, Budaj would be the lesser of two evils, but it’s the difference of a shutout and a shutout with two disallowed goals.

  55. If you all remember budaij shut us out 3-0 in ranger home opener after nine game trip to start year.

  56. @TheNYRBlog 59s

    Holy crap! RT @StephenCLorenzo Carey Price is out for the series. #NYR #Habs

  57. Yeah, now that he’s out for the series, Therrien says it’s not the first time THE has gone at goalies.

  58. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Price out.

    Rangers in 5!

    Baby Budda might win one game….. but I’m not so sure.

  59. Why are we *doomed*? Is this a reference/joke that’s flying over my head? Youse guys are making me more nervous than Michael Ginsberg at the sight of a computer (Mad Men reference FTW).

  60. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Pruster – Punk!

    He should just shut up. Put Carcillo out there to take care of him.

    I’m thinking tonight gets a little Nasty right away.

    The Kreider will eat him alive.

    Habs better be careful, Kreider is twice the player when he plays with SNARL.

  61. Yergs, -many times- every time the Rangers play against a backup, or a rookie goalie, they are held to one or less goals. -Many times- Every time a rookie is in the lineup, a player plays their first game against the Rangers, or comes back from an injury, they are *guaranteed* to score.

    *DOOMED*

  62. Rob in Beantown on

    Terror:Excitement ratio:

    1:5

    This can’t be, though! Nothing good ever happens when it’s like this…

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    “Rather budai then some rookie kid.”

    Bingo. I think the Rangers beat Budaj, then Tokarski comes in and Cam Wards the Habs to the Cup.

    No, I will not say Ken Dryden.

  64. @blueshirts_ny YOU CAN SEE THE STICK FLEX…trip? pic.twitter.com/RO9wI7Ck0f

    This is an amazing angle…

  65. I don’t know why *ANY* of you would be Excited.

    A loss right now would be *HORRIFIC* and would KILL us as fans. It would be EMBARRASSING

  66. Doodie Machetto on

    THE Kreider has to be very careful tonight. Not that I’m worried about his safety, because he can squish the Montreal pipsqueaks. He just needs to keep his emotions in check and not take retaliation penalties. He’s a young, fired up, STRONG kid. He just needs to keep his composure.

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    That was at the beginning of the season when we were getting beat so bad that Marty Biron had to retire.

  68. Budaj was awful in relief in the third. He won’t steal a game like Price did multiple times in his career.

  69. Budaj was awful, but the game was essentially over anyway, and Montreal stopped trying.

  70. After looking at that still frame I just can’t think that Kreider did that at ALL intentionally. He clearly got tripped. Whether he went down easy to draw a penalty or something is irrelevant. Don’t let forwards get behind you and that doesn’t happen.

  71. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Manny is such a downer.

    If we had a Bonehead Whipping Boy Meter he would clearly leap frog to the #1 position :)

    I was thinking the HABS are in dire trouble, if Price is out.

  72. This is a series the rangers can’t afford to lose. All pressure has shifted to New York.

    Anyone remember 1979 Dryden hurt game 1. Habs win next four.

    Don’t get too excited. Now I’m scared beyond belief

  73. Why would THE be more *focused* on sliding into Price rather than, I don’t know, scoring?

  74. Their history against Budaj doesn’t matter, and Therrien is playing this into a rallying cry.

    *DOOMED*.

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    I think he did absolutely nothing to limit the impact. I don’t see how you lead with your previously rear skate.

    Whatever, I know I’m always going to be in the minority on this among Rangers fans. Just seemed like he made a meal out of it.

  76. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Manny Matt Greene scratched = Kings lose.

    Hmmmmmmm what’s not adding up here.

    I still add him, he adds depth to the D that needs a stiff defender to protect Hank.

    He is not the scoring D, that the Kings are going for. He is a shut down D, that doesn’t allow the other team to score on Quick.

  77. Doodie Machetto on

    “I’d be more concerned about Hank than THE.

    Bingo!”

    Not worried at all about Hank. Canadiens don’t have the guys to play that kind of game. If we were playing Philly, I’d be VERY worried.

  78. Now they are saying Tokarski is getting the start instead of Budaj. Rangers are so doomed its not funny. Finished.

  79. My assumption is that Kreider felt the stick and went down in an attempt to draw the penalty.

    He has always crashed the net hard. He ruined Anderson’s potential Vezina season. It’s something he does.

    Unfortunate result though. Not intentional. Maybe if the Habs want to protect their goaltender they shouldn’t give up so many breakaways and have to defend from behind.

  80. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    But I met Eric. He’s a stand up guy, and he hasn’t been negative since I’ve met him. He is a realist, but if he was cut, he would bleed blue.

    Now, I may be an optimist, I get it. But that’s just the way God wired me :)

  81. Habs fans reactions on Twitter are either:

    A. It’ over and we’re screwed; or
    2. This is exactly what the Habs need to get them going!

  82. Clearly Kreider should have tucked into the fetal position upon hitting the ice.

  83. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Amen on that Manny. The Habs DMan clearly whacked him in the skates, that could have easily sent him in off balance. Or could have been called a penalty, yes?

  84. Doodie Machetto on

    Ha, fair point.

    My actual point was, this guy isn’t anything special. I’m not even worried about him in the traditional Rangers make backup goaltenders look like if Roy and Plante had a kid, and Hasek and Sawchuk had a kid, and then those two kids had a kid.

  85. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    I’m going with #1.

    It the reason they won the first series against Tampa, Bishop was down. Now the shoe is on the other foot.

    Rangers speed is two much for them. Rangers win regardless of who is in the net for the Habs.

  86. Rob in Beantown on

    Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice
    Increasing speculation here that rookie Dustin Tokarski will be the one to get the call in net for the Habs’ tonight.

  87. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    The Pressure in on the Habs playing at HOME!

    They were the favorite before they got their doors blown off, and chased all the fans out of the building.

    Rangers need “killer instinct” tonight. Keep the foot on the gas, and run them out of their own building like they did in the first game!!!

  88. Dustin Tokarski. 24 yr old, 5-11, 185 lbs. 7 NHL games played, 1-3-1, GAA 3.54. SV%- .871. No playoff experience.

    *DOOMED*

  89. Where’s the ledge. We lose this series now I take this to my grave. Price is one thing now this can’t go on hank resume losing a series to whatever clown plays goal now.

  90. I actually think this may not be 1-1 after 2 games (going against the logical sentiment here).

    Manny
    How can you be metal and constantly give terror to excitement ratios? I don’t understand metal I guess!! ;)

    RTFU

  91. Rob in Beantown on

    Arpon Basu @ArponBasu
    Dustin Tokarski has never started an NHL playoff game, but in 20 AHL playoff games he has a 1.67 GAA, a .937 Sv % and a Calder Cup in 2012

  92. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Rob – I’m thinking Tokarski gets the call after the RANGERS go up 3-0 in the first period :)

  93. Rob in Beantown on

    Kent Morrison @KentMGlobal
    Tokarski has won a Telus Cup, Memorial Cup, Calder Cup and World Juniors Gold. That’s every ‘ring’ of the ladder. Just saying #habs

  94. First of all, we are screwed (s)

    Secondly, I’d prefer it if carcillo played tonight if brass can’t.

  95. SIOUX - Rangers in 5 on

    Doodie – WELCOME to the NHL.

    PLAYOFF HOCKEY in CANADA – WOW. No pressure there for the guy :)

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    Gravy, Prust stays on his skates in that video. I don’t see the comparison, at all.

  97. Doodie Machetto on

    eric, don’t worry. The Rangers will win the Cup. It’s destiny. I scheduled a vacation for the second week of June. They will absolutely win that week. It is a virtual certainty.

  98. “Gravy, Prust stays on his skates in that video. I don’t see the comparison, at all.”

    THE should have stayed on his skates and sent Price into orbit.

  99. so is this when the back up turns into Ken Dryden all of a sudden? We’ve seen how these second stringers do well v Rangers in the past.

  100. @OffensiveNYRFan Does Therrien still not realize his own player tripped Kreider into Price? Yes it was a reckless play, by Emelin… pic.twitter.com/2lKXOUXJIi

  101. Doodie Machetto on

    I like that Gulitti is helping Gross cover this series. No offense to Gross, but Gulitti is a much, MUCH better reporter. It’s not even a slight on gross. Gulitti is just one of the best in the business.

    Carp, since Gulitti seems to be covering the Rangers right now, can you add him to Waseka for the remainder for the rest of the playoffs?

  102. We should actually feel pretty lucky that it’s prust on mtl and not Cooke or Hartnell…prust won’t deliberately run hank in retaliation.

    The other guys on the other hand…

  103. it’s destiny to at least get to the cup, don’t know about winning cup but when in the 1st round the starting goalie is injured for the opposing team and misses the first 3 games and now price out for the series, it helps to make the path easier.

  104. “I believe someone on here would refer to the impending doom as a dogs-breakfast no-talent clown-show performance.”

    That’d be ME!

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