Game 3: Canadiens at Rangers tonight (8 p.m.) … pre-game notes … Live ECF Chat Friday at noon


We’re planning a Live ECF Chat Friday at noon. Make plans to be here. Skip work if you must. I will provide notes for your bosses.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, May 22, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 10-6 (2-0)*
Canadiens: 8-5 (0-2)*

* Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

The Rangers will face off against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup. The Blueshirts lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0, following their 3-1 victory in Game 2 on Monday at Bell Centre. New York enters the contest with a 223-239-8 record all-time in 470 playoff contests (124-92-2 at home; 99-147-6 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.

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 27-34-2 in 63 playoff contests against the Canadiens following Game 2. 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.

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 20-17-4 at home during the regular season (4-3 in the playoffs); Montreal was 23-15-3 on the road (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 Two
• 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

Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (3:08) in Game 2 at Montreal. The Blueshirts are ninth in the NHL overall (10-65, 15.4%), and are 12th at home (3-29, 10.3%) 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 four of their last five games (7-21; 33.3% over the span). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%) during the regular season.
Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 4-4 (6:34) in Game 2 at Montreal. The Blueshirts are fourth in the NHL overall (41-48, 85.4%), and are eighth at home (16-19, 84.2%) in the playoffs. The Rangers have not allowed a PPG in the last seven games (20 times shorthanded), and are 28-29 (96.6%) in their last 10 games. The last time the Blueshirts didn’t allow a power play goal in at least seven consecutive playoff games was a 10-game stretch in 1940. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105, 84.8%) in the regular season.
Four-on-Four: New York did not yield/tally a goal in three four-on-four situations (4:18) in Game 2 at Montreal. The Blueshirts are -1 in 19 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (24:26), 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.

The Rangers have posted a 10-2 all-time playoff series record when winning the first two games of a seven-game playoff series, and a 4-1 series record when winning the first two games of a seven-game playoff series on the road.

The Blueshirts have won five straight playoff games, including four straight playoff games on the road, dating back to Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 9 at Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts have won at least five straight playoff games for the first time since they won seven straight from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 1994 vs. NY Islanders to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 5, 1994 at Washington.

New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 out of 16 playoff games this year, including five consecutive playoff games. The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in at least five straight playoff games for the first time since a seven-game stretch from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 1997 vs. Florida to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 11, 1997 at New Jersey. The Blueshirts are first in the NHL in goals against per game (2.06) in the playoffs this year.

The Rangers have won six straight playoff games against the Canadiens, including five consecutive road games at Montreal, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 21, 1996. The Rangers are the second team in NHL history to win five straight playoff games in Montreal, and are one of four teams to win six straight playoff contests against the Canadiens.

Ryan McDonagh leads all players with six points (two goals, four assists) in the Eastern Conference Finals. He is the first Rangers defenseman to tally six points in a two-game span in the playoffs since Brian Leetch in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Quebec in 1995, and the first Ranger to record six points in the first two games of a playoff series since Bernie Nicholls in the Patrick Division Finals in 1990 against Washington. 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 (Leetch – twice, Brad Park, and Dave Maloney).

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. The Rangers goalie set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive win in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist has posted a 0.80 GAA, a .973 SV%, and one shutout in his last five Game 7s. Lundqvist is also 5-0 with a 1.20 GAA and a .964 SV% in his last five games. The Rangers goalie won his 40th career playoff game on Monday, becoming the ninth goalie in NHL history to win at least 300 regular season games and 40 playoff games with one team. Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 82 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. He is the third goalie in NHL history to start 80 consecutive playoff games with one team (Martin Brodeur – New Jersey, Patrick Roy – Colorado). Lundqvist leads the NHL in wins (10) and SV% (.934) and ranks second in GAA (1.93) in the playoffs.

1. Mike Richter – 41
2. Henrik Lundqvist – 40
3. Ed Giacomin – 29

The Rangers tallied seven goals in Game 1 against Montreal 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.

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 Rangers have advanced to the third round of the playoffs twice in a three-year span (1979-1981 – reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979 and the Semifinals in 1981).

INJURIES (11 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Derick Brassard – (Injury on 5/17) – 1

• None

Photos by Getty Images.

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  1. Normally I’m up really early but the bolt of lightning and crack of thunder was my 4 am alarm clock this day. Went to bed before the Olga’s had their third period meltdown. Longer that series goes the better.

  2. Good morning heads. Have a great day. Great story about your meeting carp. Only way we get more traffic than the yanks is to bring back the Steve balboni era. Those were the days.

  3. Carp, how does this work with the note to the boss? I’m the boss…one of my assistants taken to a first round game in MSG for his birthday, but didn’t invite me. I think the boss needs a note for his employee!;>))

  4. Leaving for msg shortly. Wish I could sit in my seat and stare at ice until puck drop lol. Nervessssss

  5. Good morning, boneheads!

    Home game. Do they come out and play aggressively or do they defend first and counterattack?

    Montreal’s issue is their defense. Especially on rushes and speed entries. The Rangers also need to test Tokarski, I don’t think they made his life very difficult last game.

    Doesn’t look like I’m going to either of these home games after all. Enjoy the ride, folks.

  6. Thr Gumper..didnt know they had color pix back then! Used to watch these guys practice over at Skateland on Hillside Ave…although Gump was starring in Montreal by then. Most of these guys lived in Glen Oaks Garden Apartments..probably making in salary what today’s players get for lunch money. Thank Carp…great pic! Now on to tonight…stay thirsty my friends….stay thirsty!

  7. ILB

    Nerves taking over

    Actually remember watching ranger 94 video and some season tix guy got to msg at 8 am for 8 pm game because he was afraid trains would brake down traffic be unbearable and world was coming to end. He mentioned the only place he felt safe and secure was standing outside of msg.

  8. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    Claude Provost center of pic, former canadien D doug harvey rt
    al lanlois left and the gump

  9. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    That was an amazing game last night. Proves on the ice anything can happen.

    We need to be sharp tonight. 3-0 is a huge lead. Need it.

    LGR!!! LGR!!! LGR!!!

  10. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Two best goalies in this tournament, by far and in order:

    1. Hanka Hanka
    2. Quick

    3. Crawford

    4. whatever Montreal throws at you

  11. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Boomer on NHL Radio talking about THE yesterday. Calling him a monster and saying he should be a better finisher, given his talents. ALso said, “what was that organization doing to develop him?”

  12. Admiral Akbar on

    Anyone too young to see or really appreciate 1994: I feel truly sorry for you!

  13. Sioux-per-man on

    Top of the morning boys!

    Game Day!

    Game Face on!

    We got this!

    No worries.

  14. Youse are all too complacent. Best hope the team doesn’t read this board, because they need to come out hard and aggressive and take it right to the Habs tonight. Get as much pressure on Blutarski as possible from he get-go. Huge opportunity here. A 2-0 lead looks great until it’s 2-1 and then 2-2 and they’ve accomplished nothing.

  15. Manny-O-War on

    I AGREE PETER. If the Habs win tonight this is a series. Rangers need to crush their spirits EARLY and OFTEN

  16. Always been baffled by suburban Big Game Hunters who buy new Range Rovers to drive to the Stop&Shop and then back again to their driveways in Larchmont Manor.

    Saw one late yesterday and my mind read the front chrome as Ranger Over, aggravating me even more. When you’re two games from the Cup final, the mind plays strange tricks. Tempted to pick up a pack of Life Sathers.

  17. _Anyone too young to see or really appreciate 1994: I feel truly sorry for you!_

    I was too young to appreciate the magnitude of it but old enough to have a hell of a time.

  18. Admiral, agree completely! 1994 can never be duplicated due to the circumstances, the history what the Rangers had to accomplish just to get to the finals. What also made it special was that MSG televised all the games right through to the end. Sam’s call at the end – “The Waiting is Over!!” – can never happen again.

    Having said that, this has been a really terrific playoff run. This is a solid team and I have a very good feeling about them. LGR!!!!

  19. I was 16 when they won the Cup. Perfect age, except that I had finals the next day. My brother in law is 20 and is very jealous. Hope he gets one.


  21. So the question is, do I suck it up and get Coronas (since that’s what I’ve been drinking the last five games), or do I get something with flavor?

  22. Mister D, we could *totally* know each other since there were probably *only* 100-200 million people in the world that age at the time.

    I grew up in Rockland.

  23. I don’t know where my avatar went! When I returned yesterday from London, the site wouldn’t allow me to post, so I experimented with changing my e-mail to a fictitious one and it finally worked! Maybe I’ve been banned.

  24. The avatar is linked to the e-mail address. Try e-mailing Carp from your old address to see if it’s blocked for some reason.

  25. Manny-O-War on

    Oh. Yea. Your email definitely links to your avatar. So you would have to go to and update the avatar settings to include this fictitious email.

  26. I was airbjorne for game 7 against Philly and I will airbjorne for tonights game as well.

    Huge difference though. Tonights flight has *Wifi* so I’m not *doomed*

  27. Manny-O-War on

    Yea, Coos. How do we know it’s you.

    Please start making some very COOS like Jokes.

  28. Gravy…for the first and last time in my life I’m gonna recommend you purchase some Coronas.

    I feel disgusting having said that.

  29. Manny-O-War on

    Yea. I think you have to suck it up, Gravy. I wouldn’t with Corona on my worst enemy (even though most of my worst enemies already drink Corona), but I think you have to keep it going.

  30. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    Coronas aren’t bad if it’s 100 degrees and they’re ice *cold*. But I don’t think it’s going to be 100 degrees tonight.

  31. If you look closely, eddie’s avatar seems to have done an En passant. Is that really him?

  32. Had breakfast with john amirante this morning. He’s ready to go. Needs to be there 3 hours before for sound check. Invited me to come.

  33. Manny-O-War on

    You should *definitely* go, Eric.

    I recall when I first posted on the blog you were going to a playoff game and you got to MSG at about 2PM for a 7PM start. I was really impressed. I remember you sitting at Starbucks for a few hours trying to calm down.

    Much respect

  34. I’ll say it again for those who may have missed in the wee hours:

    “Captain Beast Mode Boyle, come get the Stanley Cup”

  35. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Carp – I just died laughing at the beaver blog story.


    Rolling down my face laughing.


  36. Eric, that’s an honor.

    Maybe Mr. Amirante will invite you to sing a harmony line during the sound test!

  37. “Oh say can you see …”

    [not really]

    “… by the dawn’s early light.”

    [its dark out, John]

    “What so proudly we hailed …”

    [you won’t be proud when they choke away 2-0]

  38. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    I never read the blog, after I leave work… unless I’m plugged in, and on the couch during “Go Time”.

    For some reason, I did it today, it was us where I left off yesterday, at 5:30, and I went home.

    Go back and just imagine being in Carps shoes on Monday, in a meeting,……. and read his story in the previous post.

    My face hurts, from laughing. I don’t know why, our conversation about beavers would be so funny from Monday on a Thursday.

    If you were there….. we never did get to the bottom of does the beavers spit or swallow the wood :)

  39. Manny good point, BMB is sometimes clumsy.

    But, as long as he falls before and not after he’s handed the *CUP*

    Sather better re-sign him.

  40. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    ERIC – YOU RULE!!!

    Great Story…… we need inside secrets of what goes on….before game on :)

    Happy for you bud!

    Rule #1 – bring something, wear something that they can sign, just to remember the day you were there :)

  41. Carp has some of the best true anecdotes. I still laugh at his story about some thug breaking into George McPhee’s car and then being confronted by little George, the guy thinking he was a vertically challenged commuter accountant. By the time McPhee got through with him, the crud must have been hit so many times, he thought he was surrounded.

  42. I just read back to the story. That’s awesome and equal parts “you’re welcome for us being your idiots” and “thanks for letting us be idiots here”, Carp.

  43. Papa, since McPhee was living in Westchester at the time, I assume he was then playing here and at the ‘height’ of his powers.

  44. …Long time reading, first time laughing.
    The worst blog on the internets…

  45. 50 years from now

    This date in NHL History:

    “Bonehead Eric sings a masterful duet with legendary Ranger Anthemist John Amirante, During the next 10 years, the super-duet go on to sell more records than the Beatles, Stones and Mitch Miller combined.”

  46. Speaking of Corona, did you know there was a lime shortage, and that Mexican cartels are *highjacking* shipments?

    Limes are now a key piece of the cartel’s pie.

  47. We will win and win. Than, win and win and win and win.
    Than drink and drive… through the Broadway canyon!
    How about that?

  48. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Eric – buy a hat, something, have him sign it.

    That’s all I’m saying. You will thank me later. .

  49. I heard about that Gravy. Mrs. Manny and I have poured all of our savings into LIMES. We assume they will sky rocket in value once they become too expensive and people start getting SCURVY

  50. Brits are to this day called ‘Limeys’ because they stocked limes on their warships to prevent scurvy.

  51. It’s nice that everyone is *seeing* the value of Beast Mode Hodor now. They were watching before, but they weren’t *seeing*.

  52. Because people only look at goals, Gravy. In the playoffs things get tighter and a blocked shot can loom large. The announcers rave about him. For some reason the MSG guys don’t glow about him.

  53. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Gravy share the low down on the HODOR name, I must have skipped that day :)

  54. If BMB leaves in the off-season because Sather decides to get nasty cheap with him, I’ll be really sad and angry.

    Consummate team player. Unsung leader. Still with bricks for hands (except when fighting) but who cares?

    Sign the Beast.

  55. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    I do. DVR it. How does Boyle and HODOR connect. Connect the dots for me….:)

  56. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    _They were watching before, but they weren’t seeing._

    Spoken like a true *water dancer*

  57. Honestly, I’m not sure how it came to be. I remember Manny saying it one game, and it stuck since then. Don’t know if he was the originator.

  58. Gravy, manny here have always appreciated the Beast.

    He may not have been drafted by the organization, but he’s as home grown as you can get.

    I Would hate to see him in another uniform. I Would absolutely Hate it.

  59. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    So HODOR is the beast mode of Boyle. So we refer to him as HODOR now.

    Got it.

  60. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    The originator is George R.R. Martin and Brian Boyle, because he just *is* Hodor.

  61. Papa, I think you, me, and Manny have been his biggest supporters going back to a few years ago. I don’t think people even realized how good he was in 2011-12 before the concussion. Now that he’s been healthy, they’re seeing it over an extended period of time.

  62. Plus, I think someone mispelled his name Bran Boyle, and HODOR is possessed by Bran in GoT and goes into BEAST MODE.

  63. A speed and skill team abhors bad ice. Maybe that’s a tiny reason why we’re better on the road?

  64. Lose tonight this series goes a minimum of 6

    Win tonight I feel confident ends in 4.

  65. ThisYearsModel on

    Crank it up tonight MSG. The Rangers should enter the building with a huge standing O. THE KREIDER will be chalking up a couple more victims to his incredible strength and speed tonight.

  66. Gravy- Caronas for you.

    Coos- glad you’re back safe. I was afraid you were staying there.


  67. Doodie Machetto on

    Sharks were up 3-0, lost in 7.
    Blues were up 2-0, lost in 6.
    Avalanche were up 2-0. lost in 7.
    Pens were up 3-1, lost in 7.

    This is far from over.

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    “Win tonight I feel confident ends in 4.”

    Eric has confidence that the Rangers will win?


  69. AV calls for unconditional love from the Garden Faithful?

    Done Deal.

    Ranger-mania is sweeping through the City…..

    Bonehead Utopia!!!

  70. Far from over?

    This thing is already over.

    I don’t care if this team wins tonight.

    I still think that MTL takes this. They are better. And that’s all there is to it.

  71. Jägr and Czechs beat USA 4-1 at worlds in quarters. When Brock Nelson is on top line u know your team sucks

  72. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord
    AV says Brassard still day to day and Pouliot good to go tonight. IMO Brassard plays tonight.

  73. All reports saying brassard out tonight. AV talking in French according to Jeff Klein ny times says prob out

  74. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard, even if out tonight, scores GWG. He is that good.

    Rangers 14
    Habs 0

    GWG Brassard

  75. Stranger Nation on

    Dont rush Broshard if not ready – need hm for next round healthy

    Habs starting rookie goalie back to back – wow , boo daj must really bloe

    4-1 NYR final; Hags, THE, Girardi & Nash ENG

    nothing to fear…but fear itself. Man up boys

  76. RTFU sheeple!!!!

    So, I’m still wearing the same t shirt and…well you know, it’s been 5 games now and I have to work today so my employees are going to love me ;)

    LGR and LGD!!!

  77. Matty"WhyNot!!!"Boy on

    Manny @ 10:04, I agree. Having met him in person he is a fun, cool dude. Has to be a great asset in the locker room. Aside from that his play has been exceptional in these playoffs. We are lucky to have a 4th liner that does all the things he does.

    Hope he wants to stay here. Should have been resigned months ago to prevent FA.

    Oh well. There’s always Pyatt and Powe.(S)

  78. Manny-O I went to a Whalers game in 1988 or so… it was wierd, wierd fans came to the game dressed to the nines! Nothing like Bruins or Rangers real fans.

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