Game 5: Rangers at Canadiens … It’s Go Time!

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Rangers at Canadiens.

 

Youse know what’s at stake. Been 20 years. And as you know, it’s the anniversary of the last time the Rangers had this opportunity — Matteau, Matteau, Matteau!

Two teams have come back from 3-1 already this spring — the Rangers vs. Pittsburgh last round and Los Angeles (which was down 3-0 to San Jose) in the first round. The Rangers have blown a 3-1 lead once — to Washington in 2009, and the Habs last wiped out a 3-1 deficit in 2010.

It looks as if Derek Stepan will return wearing plastic jaw protection, after having his jaw broken Thursday and undergoing surgery Friday, having had his face “interfered” by Brandon Prust. He took part in the morning skate and skated in warmups.

Oddly, in four games in this series, four players have been injured on plays where no penalty was called. Tonight it’s J.T. Miller who sits out, not even on the trip, after an apparent shoulder injury after being cross-checked — no penalty — into the post by Andrei Markov in Game 4.

New game, new rulebook.

If Stepan can’t go, it would likely be Jesper Fast in his place. We may not know for sure until minutes before gametime, though the 7:30 warmup will be a decent indicator.

The Habs’ Carey Price skated with equipment this morning, but coach Michel Therrien has ruled him out of the series, again. Wouldn’t matter. He wouldn’t be any better than rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski has been.

The Rangers are 6-3 on the road in these playoffs, with four straight wins, including both games in Montreal. They won the last three playoff games in Montreal in ’96 … so it’s kind of a spread-out five-game winning streak there.

We’re hearing the Stanley Cup final will start next Wednesday in either Los Angeles or Chicago. Speaking of which, Bovada’s latest Cup odds (which will change once teams are definite): LA 10/11, NYR 7/5, Chicago 8/1, Montreal 18/1.

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

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  2. Bad news for Rangers. Emelin’s not playing. They will have to speed around somebody else … but not Doug Murray.

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

    IT IS TIME!!!!

    Threee periods of non stop hockey action folks!!!

    Send the kids to bed and put out the cat!! Cuz it’s gonna be a real ring a ding dong dandy!! Lets show these habs , we will take them out TONIGHT!!!!!

    So letsssssss gog gog og og gog oggo gogogo!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!! LETS GO!!!
    LETS GO RANGERS LETS GO!!!!

  4. Carp
    What’s the surgery for? When is it? What happened? Did Katie have to sit on your lap in the press box?

  5. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    I WANT NOISE LETS GO!!!

    I WANT A WIN LETS GO!!!

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

  6. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    LETS WIN LETS WIN LETS WIN LETS WIN!!!

  7. STEP TAKING WARMUPS!!! This team is so much better with D. Moops centering that 4th line..

  8. ThisYearsModel on

    I put it to you, Greg – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!

  9. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Gravey , Im in!! Lets do it!! 100 bucks and you take the habs . I’ll take the Rangers but give you a 2 goal spread …like it?

  10. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Whoaa ,give Gregm a little slack ….

    LETS gog gogog og gogogogogo!!!!

  11. Steppers is in????? Holy hell! He looked liked Anthony Hopkins at practice….Habs, don’t you hartnelling dare….

    I am so byfuglien’d I don’t know what to say or do….LGR!

  12. ThisYearsModel on

    Is Liam Neeson up there to ensure no Ranger fans get messed with at the Bell Centre?

  13. BickelsPickle on

    Lowest point for me as a Ranger fan…

    during T-Rex’s run at the height of the Cretaceous Period…. my creativity ends there

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Brassard ” we will win tonight!!!”

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

    Lets gogog gog og oggogoogogoo!!!

    WE CAN DO THIS!!!

    Get it done tonight get it done tonight!!!!

  16. LGR!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Like Mess always says “Fourth game is the hardest to win.”

    Montreal: A nice place to visit, but you got enough freakin’ cups already.

  17. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Hank wont lets a rookie spoil his parade.

  18. ThisYearsModel on

    The Habs are on the ledge. Let’s push them over so we all don’t have to climb out to the ledge ourselves.

  19. Alain Amour on

    The Rangers need a total team effort tonight. From Hank to Boyle. No excuses. Just win.

  20. As Rangers fans, we know nothing ever comes easy to us. We also know Rangers can’t win a series unless it goes to seven games. SO, I don’t have a good feeling for tonight.

  21. I really want the 460 Rangers fans, who were brave enough to sneak into the Hab Centre, to have something to cheer about.

    Early and often.

    LGR !!!

  22. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    RANGERS ARE IN DAAA HOUWSEEEEEE!!!!

    Lets make some NOISE!!!!

  23. Think happy thoughts fellas (and ladies)…we’re on better ice, we’re on the road, and we have Hank in net.

    LGR!!!!!

  24. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Whoaaa igravey , great answer!!

    LETS DO THIS!!!

    Blogmomma is in da HOUWSEEEEE!!!

  25. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    MATTEAUUUUUUU !!!MATTEAUUUUUUU !!!MATTEAUUUUUUU !!! is in DA HOUWSEEEEE!!!

  26. >>BUMMER ALERT: Sarah Diamond is married!

    GOOD NEWS ALERT: Divorce is permissible in this part of the world.

  27. Subban HAS to be #1 on “penalties drawn vs penalties committed that are not called by the refs”.

  28. NYR cleared puck down ice two times in a row. Why didn’t official retrieve that stick? Unless it happened right before the goal.

  29. refs going to make sure they call penalties on the rangers any chance the rangers give the refs but I’m sure the Canadians will get the red carpet treatment and dive all over the place.

  30. iManny-O-War on

    That’s a penalty. For sure. A horrible and unacceptable one. Can Kreider stop rooming with Pouliot?

  31. Ok, as I said, only being positive tonight….whatever happens, I believe….

  32. now look at how tenuous they’re playing
    like they all just
    crapped their pants
    UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Got to withstand this surge. Score an equalizer and the crowd will go quiet…

  34. Where’s all the Pouliot hate for kreider, who is every bit as bad on the penalties…???

  35. Iwicky… hope your right. I am already stretching for early ledge climbing.

  36. CARP, ask that clown NASH why he has open ice (slot) and doesn’t shoot. I mean, for heaven’s sakes. Idiot.

  37. so Carp
    are we allowed to type
    goddamn or some variation
    because
    i really have developed a gawddamm
    anger for THE
    right now

    he better score 2 ASAP!

  38. nash had 2 rangers off to the side of net. If he shoots, possible rebound for those 2 ranger players to get a gimme.

  39. weather the storm… and then get some chances. This kid isn’t ptching a shutout.

  40. iManny-O-War on

    Why don’t we ask that moron Kreider why he can’t stop taking awful penalties?

  41. refs will try there hardest to give the Canadians all the chances to win this game. That I am very confident in saying. Every ranger infraction will be called and of course the blind eye will be setup towards the Canadians.

  42. Why don’t we ask KENTUCKY FRIED POULET how many frequent flyer miles he has accumulated this series?

  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Doc “I don’t know the red light is on nor why my eyes are so creepy”

  44. Norm Merton on

    Luckiest save of the playoffs. Perhaps Rangers will need a bounce tonight?

  45. there you go guys
    make a back up look like an allstar
    going back to your in-season
    ways

    stop playing like you crapped your pants
    and start attacking and putting the puck in the NET!!

  46. Carp,,, Saw the bias on the slash by Paciaretyy across Klein or Stralmanns forearms. Wicked slash

  47. Rangers will need to play there A game tonight. They will have to beat the Habs and the refs tonight. Going to be a tall task indeed.

  48. Norm Merton on

    Announcers raving about great save, as though he was trying to stop the puck with the shaft. Seriously?

  49. Zuccarello never gets the benefit of a penalty… Subban falls like he’s 5’7″ Zucc never stays hard on the puck and gets hacked. Good sportsman but Refs don’t give a Carcillo

  50. terrific hockey sense by Stepan to see Tokarski cheating anticipating the pass to Nash

  51. Carp is ALWAYS saying that Stepan has an excellent shot and doesn’t shoot enough!

  52. just got off phone
    with mrs. jpg
    complaining about
    1st period
    so far
    and when
    we hung up
    we scored!!!!

    tried it again but it didn’t work……will try again and again and again throughout the rest of the game.

  53. Alain Amour

    “Tokarski makes the saves necessary to win.”

    Really, that goal was as soft as they come, stepan with a slow floating wrist shot, nice try. I’m not surprised because your dislike for Lundqvist is laughable.

  54. WTB?!?!?!!?

    Hank has to pick tonight to become mortal…..again?!?!?!?
    gawddammmit!!

  55. Alain Amour on

    Tokarski gave up a soft goal, so Hank felt obligated to give it right back.

  56. Alain Amour on

    A rookie goalie gives up a soft goal. The best goalie in the NHL immediately returns the favor.

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Not sure that was a soft goal Hank just gave up…. That was a rocket….leaning left and shot across to the right..,,

  58. Norm Merton on

    Someone said earlier Nash should have shot when he passed instead. Hey, Nasher, look to pass!

  59. Lloyd Braun on

    That goal Stepan scored was as bad a goal as you’ll ever see

    Then Lundqvist decided to return the favor

    Also, McGuire and Olcyzk have no business being employed to call hockey games. Stepan scores on a dump-in and McGuire tries to blame it on the coaches for putting in the 3rd pairing. Plekanec scores on a wrist shot from 45 feet and Olcyzk and McGuire are marveling at Plekanec’s skill. Are you guys new to hockey?

  60. they don’t seem to care about interference even when it happens in front of a Ref

  61. Pouliot is averaging 1 PIM per game in the playoffs (same as D Moops btw)

    Kreider averaging 1.25 PIMs per game in playoffs…quarantine kreider and his frequent flyer aasen!!

  62. Lloyd Braun on

    That Stepan goal was about as bad a goal as you’ll ever see. Then Lundqvist decided to return the favor.

    Also, Olczyk and McGuire have no business being employed to comment on a hockey game. Stepan scores on a dump-in and McGuire blames the coaching staff for playing the 3rd D pairing. Plekanec scores on a wrist shot from 45 feet and Olcyzk and McGuire start screaming about the brilliance of Plekanec. Are these guys new to hockey?

  63. It appears “leaping slap to the face” is the tipping point. Good to know.

  64. Lloyd Braun on

    Whatever language in which the name originates, I’m sure “Tokarski” translates as “smoke and mirrors.”

  65. Will we get even one rebound goal in this whole series?

    And by the way, it’s very rare that you score if you don’t shoot the puck

  66. Lloyd Braun on

    Good to know it takes getting punched in the face for the Rangers to draw a penalty at least

  67. Norm Merton on

    As good a PP as you can have without scoring. Rangers playing well, the shaft save the difference so far.

  68. I agree, the blog is crawling. Takes a lot of time for a comment to get through?

  69. Nash is playing really good D.

    Ssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. what i’ve learned from these games is that you are allowed to basically hold people in center ice if you have a habs sweater on.

  71. Stubbs, the Montreal writer, called it a phantom penalty on Desharnais. You can’t make this crap up.

  72. It’s so funny. We’re going to get beat by a molasses defense and a soft-serve rookie.

  73. 4generations 4 cups on

    we played a good period eventhough we made a few mistakes. got a few great chances. we’ll bury one early in the period.

  74. What percentage of the sub 5’10 players in the league are in this series? Like a quarter?

  75. That period is more like a typical NYR period than the ones we’ve been treated to for much of these playoffs.

  76. ThisYearsModel on

    Henrik needs to be the Henrik of the last 2 games in Montreal. Not the Henrik of the prior 10 games in Montreal.

  77. Dingle Berry on

    After watching period # 1:

    LA Kings licking there chops, frothing out the mouth…..

    LA Mayor already planning Parade date down Hollywood Boulevard….

    Robert Blake ready to kill wife # 2……

    All is good in Hollywood.

  78. Norm Merton on

    This blog is becoming the equivalent of a mindless home crowd yelling SHO-O-O-OT!! for the entirety of a power play, forcing the players to overcome that temptation and break down the man advantage as coached and practiced. That was a good PP the Rangers just ran, enough to make the Canadiens think twice about taking stupid/dangerous penalties the rest of the way. That’s a good thing.

  79. Lloyd Braun on

    Oops sorry for the typo. In my defense I was incredulous over the horrid goaltending

  80. Stranger Nation on

    2 hooks and a delay of game missed

    THE makes Pullout seem like Einstein

    Stall and Stralman stuck in second gear

    great hit on Weise by J Moops

  81. ThisYearsModel on

    @THEKREIDER with 500 followers……475 who began after @alyonkalarionov followed him

  82. “That was a good PP the Rangers just ran, enough to make the Canadiens think twice about taking stupid/dangerous penalties the rest of the way. That’s a good thing.”

    That was a good PP the Rangers just ran, enough to make the officials think twice about calling stupid/dangerous penalties the rest of the way. That’s a bad thing.

  83. Ski had his eye on a wide open Nash on that soft Step goal, ironically making it work.

  84. Lloyd Braun on

    Whoever called that punch to the face a phantom penalty should have phantom job tomorrow

  85. I’m going to stub reading the out of town writers comments. The best ones were the Philly guys – at least they were objective

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dave Stubbs – Talk about an apt name. No doubt he has a tiny one

  87. Hank needs to start standing on his head & give one team confidence and one fear

  88. I still can’t believe that Hags didn’t score on that 2 on 1. The Net was WIDE OPEN… Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

  89. Maloney says getting punched in the face with a glove in his day, you were embarrassed to accept the penalty. :)

  90. Well, considering the Rangers barely broke a sweat in the first period and played as if it were a game in September…I think they should be ready to kick it up a notch.

    You knew Montreal would come out flying, but I didn’t think the Rangers would come out so terribly slow and soft.

    Lucky to only be down by 1. Need to find a higher gear.

    And Rick Nash needs to show he belongs in the NHL. Because watching him be so abysmal offensively is really painful on the eyes. Is it REALLY so hard to go straight to the net? Nash plays like he’s 5’2″ and on stack high heels the way he can easily get knocked off the puck.

    And the announcing has been predictably horrible. Just a complete joke of a broadcasting crew.

    That being said….c’mon boys!!

  91. Lloyd Braun on

    What do you mean, Yev?!?!??????

    The kid who’s had a cup of coffee in the National Hockey League but has already been the subject of a furious write-in campaign on the part of Pierre McGuire and Eddie Olcyzk for the 2015 Vezina trophy made the best save any of us have ever seen and it obviously wasn’t dumb luck or anything of the sort, just the greatest goalie ever doing what he’s always done

  92. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    LETS gogog oggogogogogoogogo!!!

  93. Lloyd Braun on

    More utterly irrelevant anecdotes from Mike Emrick.

    Oh crap, the rangers drew another penalty!

  94. Rangers looking for the perfect shot. Good movement on the PP but TOO MANY PASSES!

  95. I’ll take that over a two shot PP that consisted of 5 frantic dump and chases.

  96. Is it really that hard to shoot the puck towards the net? Too many telegraphed plays that the peanut vendors could have had time to get in front of

  97. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    dam Lunqvist can’t stop a beach ball!

  98. We have a superstar $ 7.8M winger who can’t get on the ice for a power play.

  99. Just joined the boards two things
    1 MSL had, has a skate problem
    2 only the 3rd goalie was on Hank….I thought first 2 were tougher than they looked

  100. Norm Merton on

    Lundqvist would want that one back, too. Not his night. That’s probably it.

  101. Staal looks like cocky doody
    Why did everyone bother taking the flight to Monteeal? Will someone play some damn hockey!!!!!!!!

  102. iDoodie Machetto on

    Two softies for the King.

    Guess he didn’t completely give up the ghost.

  103. Lloyd Braun on

    Another terrible goal = unabashed Montreal Canadien genius to “Edzo”

  104. That third goal given up by hank was weak! Right through his legs.. Ughhhhhhh,

  105. If mtl gets another goal, this game could get ugly and I don’t mean on the scoreboard

  106. Rangers looked awful from the start. Thank goodness they have 2 more games to try and get it done.

  107. Second goal was Lundqvists fault. First was an in close deflection and third was a shot right in the slot. Those aren’t his fault. Rangers D is not playing well.

  108. gregm_oldsection403 on

    Holy blown coverage. What in holy shishkabob was that? are you kidding me?

    Pierre, rangers have been a step slow all night, you doofus.

  109. ThisYearsModel on

    Nice of these guys to show up tonight. Wow. Down 4-1 to an inferior team.

  110. If Girardi were paired with someone other than McD, I reckon he wouldn’t have gotten such a nice contract.

  111. Rangers turned into Cinderella in game 5 against the pens and now looks like Cinderella (rangers) have turned back into a pumpkin.

  112. Norm Merton on

    Really important for Rangers to come back. Lots of time, and they probably can’t get all the way back, but they need to remind the Canadiens who the better team is going into MSG. Gotta say I was not expecting goaltending to make the difference tonight, at least not in this direction. Lundqvist has been far from his usual focused self.

  113. Two blown
    Pp back to back soft goal fall asleep on bourque and that’s all she wrote.

    Told u all
    Stop the cup
    Crap. It’s the rangers never easy.

  114. as i feared
    and
    those close to me
    wonder
    why
    i have such a negative attitude

    efforts like tonight
    solidify why it doesn’t pay to be positive

  115. I’ve been saying since November Talbot is our best goalie and now we get to see it.

  116. No doubt about it.

    Team that wins game 6 goes to the Finals.

    No doubt about it.

  117. Lloyd Braun on

    Admittedly, I didn’t get the best look at it, but I’m not convinced whatever that little Russian did on the first goal mattered that much. Minimum of 3 horrible goals allowed by Lundqvist. Deserves to watch from the bench.

  118. gregm_oldsection403 on

    1st shot on goal in the 2nd period? are you kidding me? 2 powerplays too?

    shoot the byfuglien puck!!

  119. Why didn’t we have a PP after that scum? There was a penalty called for a late hit on the Habs

  120. It’s gotta be tough to play not knowing what little things gonna get called on you and what whacks and hacks you gotta take without a call. Not saying conspiracy, just saying tough to know what is legal and what’s not.

  121. Norm Merton on

    Feeding the troll, I know, but “I’ve been saying since November Talbot is our best goalie and now we get to see it” has to be a nominee for the stupidest post of 2014! That said, Go, Talbot!

  122. gregm_oldsection403 on

    I think we broke the lohud site. comments taking about 5 minutes to load.

  123. The onions did not make the trip up to Montreal. Better grown a pair quick. There is still time to remain pozy and avoid the ledge. LGR!

  124. Lloyd Braun on

    “Montreal has a 4-2 lead and the reason why…”

    And this first camera shot is, accurately, of Henrik Lundqvist.

  125. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    YEAH BABY!!!

  126. It’s slow, Manny.

    Hey, lookey here. 4-3. Goalie controversy :)

    Habs got to be having some palpitations right now.

  127. Why does Sue Ban get to cheat so often. C’mon Refs, that’s delay of game… you let it go once already. Really

  128. I knew this game was going to be tough to win when you have to beat the Habs and the Refs. I hope the remaining games aren’t going to be called like the last 3 games, if so, rangers will be in trouble.

  129. Gnasher: “I’m deadly from outside the circles…I may never go in front again.”

  130. However this game end tonight stepan gets the chapeau. He brought his onions with him

  131. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    THE!!

  132. if we even make it to the finals l.a. will work us like pimps. lets hope we can rally at home again. this easily could be 3-2 habs if we didnt have hank. but damn, even hank cant save this team some nights. they get all comfy when they win and think they can and should take it easy when we barely escaped last game. its a mindphuck. we dont win jack if we take any game for granted from here on out. AND YES, NASH STILL SUCKS. sorry but 2 cheesy goals doesnt cut it

  133. iDoodie Machetto on

    That POS plekanec got exactly what he deserved. Did you see him checking his face after the penalty was called, even though there was no contact, whatsoever? Then playing dumb?

  134. Alain Amour on

    I would put Hank back in now.

    I would have put him back in for the 3rd if the game was tied following this period.

  135. iManny-O-War on

    Poor NHL. If they only had another game for people to turn too…

    Tokarski not pulled?

    Second goal on Coach Klein just drifting strong side rather than covering anything

  136. gregm_oldsection403 on

    wow. a goalie made a save this period. didn’t Tokarski get the memo?

  137. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    PUT IN HANK PUT IN HANK!!!!

  138. Think about it folks, the Rangers are playing terribly, but we’re down a goal and Tokarski is getting exposed and came back from a 4-1 deficit in less than 5 minutes.

    This game is far from over.

  139. Did you hear that crowd trying to give Toks some confidence cheering a simple save just before they scored on Talbot.

  140. Norm Merton on

    Talbot misses that one. Tough but makable save. The next five goals will be really important.

  141. Admiral Akbar on

    Noose is tightening around Habs necks. Talbot needs to come up bigger.

  142. Putting Hank back in would be a very bold move…. What is up with the blog? Taking forever to get a comment through?

  143. I agree, Alain! If anything, I think Talbot should get credit just for being in net for that goal!

  144. Norm Merton on

    Pouliot — well, that’s right on schedule. AV feeling like an idiot, especially since nothing happening on that line.

  145. iDoodie Machetto on

    Just when you thought the refs were going to stop falling for all of the embellishment.

  146. Rangers winning 3-1 since I started drinking again.

    Subban drew a penalty that wasn’t a penalty? Surprise.

  147. Things will slow down In The 3rd. Rangers can do this. Play our game and we can win it.

  148. Gotta reinsert Henrik “King Hank” Lundqvist for the 3rd. If we tie and then lose with Talbot in net … that would be something bad we shouldn’t do.

  149. Norm Merton on

    I’m putting a chastened Lundqvist back in if it’s going to be a barnburner. Talbot has done his job well enough, asking too much of him to win a potentially crazy third period.

  150. PK Sue Scum slew foots dorsett and thats ok, but when he pretends to be slewfooted he draws a penalty.

  151. All bad goals except first 2 by the Habs…….get the next one and beat them slowly in OT……oh my Chinese torture. We missed open nets as well.

  152. That immediate fifth MTL goal really hurts. Going into the third at 4-4, I would have given NYR a real chance. Keep Talbot in.

  153. Lloyd Braun on

    Look, if I told you that the Rangers would have a night where they got absolutely NO goaltending, horrible defense and were down 4-1 and then said they’d start the 3rd period only trailing by one, you’d (rightly) sign for it in a second.

  154. Stahl could take some pointers from Elaine Benes. GET OUT!! Take the body man. The poke check is not working.

  155. LOVE THIS TWEET:

    Chris Johnston ? @reporterchris
    So it’s currently Cam Talbot vs. Dustin Tokarski in the Eastern Conference final, just as we all predicted.

    LOL!!

  156. 3 goals on 6 shots this period. Have to credit the Habs fans for staying loud despite the meltdown.

  157. Obvious turning point is -Gorges deflecting a harmless crossing path into his own goal- changing goaltenders. Talbot’s save percentage is 11 points better than Henrik’s this game!

  158. gregm_oldsection403 on

    Hey carp, wake up the tech guys!! Servers are broken. Everything is super slow.

  159. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    2 rookie goalies playing ECF finals game 5.

    do you believe this????

  160. so Kenneth, you now changing your name just to agree with yourself, wow!!! Time for you to see a shrink dude.

  161. Stepan with the winning goal for a Hat Trick tonight? How sweet would that be???????

  162. ThisYearsModel on

    Well, one big 3rd period and we can still move on. I thought I would post this during the intermission because it iskes 10 minutes for the blog to respond tonight.

  163. Geez, I couldn’t post for over 40 min. It wouldn’t load. Crazy period doesn’t describe it. I’d definitely put Hank back in.

  164. @rangersreport

    Let’s see what kind of motivator AV is, because Habs are there for the taking right now. Can take over and clinch. Or keep folding.

  165. Rob in Beantown on

    I wasn’t in favor of putting Hank back in, but I think Norm just convinced me

  166. Admiral Akbar on

    This game eerily reminds me of Game 5 in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals where the Canucks took a 3-0 lead, then the Rangers stormed back to tie, only to lose 6-3.

    I remember Tikkanen had an apparent 4-3 goal disallowed because of an erroneous offsides call.

  167. subban with another embellishment penalty on pouliot who is a moron.

    mcdonagh is stoned tonight. stralman and staal are at the movies…

    disgrace..

  168. Mama, bucket is at home along with my cat and everything else. I could use the bucket right now.

  169. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    ummm Carp , did you know the blog is slow?

    Olga , Chicago sucks and LA Gaborik’s kick assen!!!

  170. Was thinking the same thing Admiral. Had a bad feeling Habs would come right back and take lead just like Vancouver did in that game

  171. Stranger Nation on

    Crazy, crazy period – Wow, they’ll burn this tape

    Staal and Stralman stuck in 1st gear

    just shoot on this scrub, and I mean their guy

    Why not us??

  172. Insane game. Turned it off at 4-1. After Nash goal I popped tv back on. Crazy that they are still in this

  173. Admiral Akbar on

    I hate fast games with slooooowwww blogs!!!!!

    Somebody left the gate oooooopppeennnnnn!!!

  174. iManny-O-War on

    The blog is slow. That just means that we, as boneheads, have to predict what will happen next and comment on it before it happens.

  175. Agree with Carp, this game is there for the taking. This is where coaching makes a difference. All they have to do is win this period 2-1 and we head to the finals!

  176. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Ummm Carp…the blog is slow again…

  177. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    RANGERS LETS GO!!!!

    BIGTIME PERIOD!!!

  178. Admiral Akbar on

    Carp is 100% right.

    He is usually right.

    When it was 4-1 I felt the NYR could come back. They did. Now game will be very tight.

  179. I’d go all out on Montreal and Tokarski. The Rangers have much less to lose than Montreal. They look shaky in their zone. Attack relentlessly, put as much pressure as you can. Let Hank play.

  180. _The blog is slow. That just means that we, as boneheads, have to predict what will happen next and comment on it before it happens._

    Another dumb move by Pouliot!!!

  181. all, I know it sucks, but I think Carp is aware by now of the blog issues…ain’t his fault…hopefully will be fixed soon….

  182. Montreal scored maybe 1 good goal tonight (the first one). Olcyzk can’t bring himself to stop salivating over Montreal long enough to admit that

  183. I can’t get on the blog have the time.

    New Drinking Game *EmHABSlishment* – You have to take a shot when you see a HABS head snaps back, or falls to the ice.

    Full Bottle required.

  184. Nothing wrong with sticking with Talbot. I would have preferred Lundqvist, but AV and staff know their players.

  185. My only concern with no-Hank is thinking AV thinks the change made a difference. Gorges starting an avalanche made a difference.

  186. Lundqvist had nothing. Squat. Zero. As nice as it would be to close things out, you don’t have to win this game and you’ve got a chance to let a very rattled Lundqvist get his head back on straight. Let him have the rest of the night off and come back strong for game 6.

  187. I just threw up thinking this was going to turn into the “Henrik on the bench” game.

  188. I really hope the Rangers are embarrassed after this one. Next to no defensive coverage.

  189. I guess the motivation didn’t work because this period is all Montreal so far

  190. Hank should have been put in at 4-4. Win or lose the game with your best player.

  191. With that beard and Stache combo, Boyle looks like he can play Little John in any era’s Robin Hood flick

    His name is still frikkin Rene even if we make him look like Ray

    Where the F is our D tonight

  192. So much for the back up being our savior, can we make a big playoff save tonight? Please

  193. Admiral Akbar on

    Garbage game – worse by Rangers.

    Habs showing onions, though. That’s why they beat Boston and are in the ECF.

  194. Hank wasn’t stopping that one either. Better to just let him sit it out.

    Looked to me more like a bad pass through the neutral zone by MSL and then pylon BRAD watching the initial Hab skate by. Didn’t THE hop on the ice after a change and immediately have to chase down Bourque?

  195. Olga Folkyerself on

    The blog is slow. That just means that we, as boneheads, have to predict what will happen next and comment on it before it happens.

    Another dumazz post by the resident moron greg.

  196. Admiral Akbar on

    Nash was pushed. But automatic penalty anytime a Montreal goalie is touched.

    GARBAGE!!!!!!!

  197. ThisYearsModel on

    Well, start the period playing like they are ahead, terrible play without heart or passion for most of the game save for the 3 straight goals in the 2nd. Losing is one thing. Getting pasted with 6 goals against so far is not good.

  198. “If there’s a penalty called”

    Said but the man with a phd who has called hockey games his entire life after seeing the official put his arm up

  199. F the Habs
    They are getting every bouncing puck and were playing D like the Rye peewee team. And we could STILL be winning if, if and if

  200. “If there’s a penalty called”

    Said by the man with a phd who has called hockey games his entire life after seeing the official put his arm up

  201. These guys can’t let an opportunity to fellate Dustin Tokarski pass, can they

    Puck wedges itself in the guy’s equipment and they sing his praises for not allowing a rebound

  202. And again, singing the praises of the all-time great, Dustin Tokarski for routine saves

  203. Admiral Akbar on

    Dumb play by JMoops.

    Unnecessary.

    Pretty much should seal the game for Montreal.

  204. Prust got nothing until after the game. Oh, well, they got this one right if not that one.

  205. ThisYearsModel on

    I still have not seen an elbow. Prust gets blessed by the refs with a “clean hit”, our guy gets ejected. You cannot make this stuff up.

  206. well..this game’s over…..probably

    Rangers in 6

    That was a major? pretty weak ..again.

  207. Hmm. Diaz in Game 6 and 7. This series looking dead even now. Still rather be the Rangers.

  208. London Broil on

    We could have used a 5 minute PP in Gm 3. We lost our player for the game and their player got away w/ it.

  209. Say whatever you want about John Moore’s hit but don’t use the word “elbow.”

  210. Rob in Beantown on

    I was 0 for 3 on today’s hat trick contest. Habs scored a PP goal, McD scored a goal, and Habs win

  211. Not an elbow but still a major and a misconduct. Totally unnecessary hit, especially considering what has happened earlier in the series. Buffoonery.

  212. How many times can Pierre call Tokarski a “battler”?

    Code for the poor guy tries but he sucks

  213. OH MY GOD THE GREAT DUSTIN TOKARSKI MAKING ROUTINE STOPS LOOK IMPOSSIBLY HARD BECAUSE HES JUST THAT GOOD

  214. Look up “major penalty” in the dictionary and there’s Moore’s dirty hit.

  215. @rangersreport

    To be very clear: The Prust hit on Stepan wasn’t missed. It was seen and not called. And for Quintal to call it interference is a crock of crap.

  216. Going to be on a plane to Ireland during game 6…..might as well take Johnny Moore with me because he is done for the rest of the playoffs, with the wheel of player safety

  217. Moore’s hit- penalty, sure…5 minutes, really?

    How’s is it that we get the worse penalty (i.e no call on Prust- and no injury).

    Not needed regardless….

  218. London Broil on

    They missed 6 men on the ice for Montreal and called a cheapo piece of crap tripping on Pouliot. Same story as always.

  219. So are the officials calling penalties they’ve allowed to go unnoticed for basically every game in this series because they know this game is over or what

  220. Big question is how the Rangers could come out and play so poorly in a game where a victory puts them in the Cup Final. From Hank on out they looked like they had zero desire to grab this game by the throat.

    Best hope is that being humiliated tonight will bring a focused Lundqvist and an energized team to MSG on Thursday.

    Carp did say Rangers in six, correct?

  221. I’m not blaming this one on the refs. If the Rangers played half as good as they normally do on defense. This would be a blowout.

  222. Moore deserved the game misconduct and at least two games suspension. That was a dirty hit.

  223. DUSTIN TOKARSKI IS THE GREATEST GOALIE EVER RIGHT EDZO AND BALD MAN WHO’S SHAPED LIKE A BOWLING PIN, OF COURSE THE RANGERS ARE PASSING UP SHOTS THE KNOW THE GREAT ALL-TIME GREAT DUSTIN TOKARSKI WILL STOP THEM ALL ANYWAY

  224. iDoodie Machetto on

    Don’t know how we could ever pull our goaltender in that situation without possession. Too much time left to risk empty netter like that.

  225. Admiral Akbar on

    Can’t believe that just happened.

    Looks LIKE 1994 SC FINAL GAME 5 all over again.

  226. GIVE THE GOAL TO DUSTIN TOKARSKI HES WON THIS SERIES FOR MONTREAL ALONG WITH DOZENS OF VEZINAS

  227. Turns out goalie change was great, then terrible. Hard to tell what the score would be with hank back in.

  228. ThisYearsModel on

    Well, I must admit I did not expect them to lose like this. Really terrible game up and down the lineup.

  229. iManny-O-War on

    Thursday is a must win. Hank is back to a house of horrors in NHL. We’re in serious trouble.

  230. If NYR had lost this one 5-4, I think I wouldn’t be too irritated – just would have chalked it up as a wild game. But this third period has been an unmitigated disaster, and I’m unwell.

  231. Not a smart gamble at all. Win the faceoff and see if you can keep it in the zone and THEN pull the goalie.

    AV, Henrik and the entire New York Rangers need to look themselves in the mirror after this game and say “We didn’t show up tonight”

    The Rangers better come out focused on Thursday with a desire to end the series. Not the fake “Desire” to do it that they talked about prior to this game.

  232. DO NOT MOCK THE ALL-TIME GREAT AKA DUSTIN TOKARSKI, MANNY, CONVENTIONAL GOALTENDING STATS, ACCOLADES AND SAVES HAVE NO BEARING ON HIS LEGACY

    HOW DOES THIS SOUND: DUSTIN TOKARSKI, COME GET THE STANLEY CUP AND A REFILL ON YOUR CUP OF COFFEE

  233. This one is 100pct on AV. Didn’t have them ready. Then conceded the game by not putting Hank in 3rd. What was there possibly to gain by not putting in your top goalie. Arrogant, overconfident, just like the Rangers play tonight.

  234. Rob in Beantown on

    Stupid thing is this game wasn’t even out of reach until JMoops idiotic penalty

  235. OH MY GOD ITS DUSTIN TOKARSKI MAKING ANOTHER UNBELIEVABLY CRUCIAL GAME THATS BEEN OVER FOR 15 MINUTES CHOCK UP ANOTHER VEZINA FOR THE ALL-TIME GREAT WHO DOES NOTHING BUT WIN AT EVERY LEVEL

  236. OH MY GOD ITS DUSTIN TOKARSKI MAKING ANOTHER UNBELIEVABLY CRUCIAL SAVE IN A GAME THATS BEEN OVER FOR 15 MINUTES CHOCK UP ANOTHER VEZINA FOR THE ALL-TIME GREAT WHO DOES NOTHING BUT WIN AT EVERY LEVEL

  237. Let Montreal have one last cheer. No way this happens in NY. Lundqvist will bounce back and so will the team.

  238. _Stupid thing is this game wasn’t even out of reach until JMoops idiotic penalty_

    Yeah, this is just a goofy loss until Moore went all cheapass.

  239. I foresee no way in which NYR, from top to bottom, can be this bad on Thursday. But I’m still terrified. LGR!

  240. ThisYearsModel on

    Embarrassing effort really. Shocked and surprised. Nice to see the fans throwing garbage at the Rangers.

  241. “To be very clear: The Prust hit on Stepan wasn’t missed. It was seen and not called. And for Quintal to call it interference is a crock of crap.”

    wha???

    OK, tonight was crazy insane….I mean insane….more goals in one game than in forever…I still believe….I had hoped for tonight, but still believe…

  242. Montreal fans are idiots.

    Say goodbye to your team till next year.

    Hank pitches a shutout game 6.

    Effing Book It.

  243. Teams that are capable to play like that in CF neither win nor deserve to win the Cup. Awful. Mediocre.

  244. So was mine, Carp. Doesn’t matter now back to NY and let’s close it there. They got their stinker out of their system. We all know how Hank plays after he has a game like that.

  245. Tokarski is no Chris Drury. He never won a Little League World Series.

    Have faith that the Rangers will bounce back from this one. They have now played poorly in two straight games and won one of them.

    Believe that this team will look themselves in the mirror and realize they flat out DID NOT COME TO PLAY TONIGHT

    It’s on to Thursday. Game 6 at MSG. Win puts us in the Stanley Cup Final.

  246. Captain Hindsight on

    AV should have put Lundqvist back in. That’s what he should have done.

  247. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    well, this team is not good at going in for the kill, but by my count, this is at least 2.5 games in a row we have not been the better team.

    we need to get back to playing OUR game and basics. this is not what got us here at all.

  248. I haven’t trusted the refs since game 3 of this series and now I really don’t trust the refs. Because I don’t trust the refs I think the rangers are in trouble in this series. The Montreal favoritism is nauseating.

  249. This game ended when Bourque scored the sixth of five terrible goals Ranger goalies allowed tonight. Let’s not pretend there was any doubt about that . Vigneault embarrassed his time by pulling the goalie unnecessarily but were Rangers goalies even making saves tonight?

    Ok back to reality: THIS GAME ENDED WHEN DUSTIN TOKARSKI DECIDED TO STRAP ON THR PADS

  250. Good to see Montreal fans throw bottles and popcorn at players of teams other than the Bruins as well

  251. This game ended when Bourque scored the sixth of five terrible goals Ranger goalies allowed tonight. Let’s not pretend there was any doubt about that . Vigneault embarrassed his team by pulling the goalie unnecessarily but were Rangers goalies even making saves tonight?

    Ok back to reality: THIS GAME ENDED WHEN DUSTIN TOKARSKI DECIDED TO STRAP ON THE PADS

  252. Ist guess? 2nd guess? 3rd Guess?

    Who cares, Norm?

    *AV had a bad day at the office. That’s no guess, that’s a fact*

  253. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    2 bad calls by AV

    1) should of put Hank back in at the tie 4 – 4

    2) pulling goalie way to early , 4 min to go!!??

  254. By the way- since Montreal whines about literally everything; how about a nice hand for the classless fans throwing bottles on the ice at the end of the game…

    Real nice. Mecca of hockey = whiny brat-fest…

  255. You guys who wanted Hank back in must have started watching between periods 2 & 3

    But seriously have all the things to second-guess tonight, the abysmal performance of Rangers goalies is not one of them

  256. bull dog line on

    I would have put Hank back in to start the 3rd. I even thought about after they tied it. doubt it would have made a difference, but that is what I would have done.

  257. BickelsPickle on

    Pierre: Max, did you learn how to snap your head like that while you were in the Juniors in Lake Whogives with Sidney Crosby?

  258. FIrst guesses on the goalie pull didn’t make it to print. Slow blog, maybe.

  259. Only reason to put Lundqvist back in was nostalgia. He looked as sharp as Pierre’s physique tonight

  260. Of all the crazy things on a crazy night- I could swear I heard the words “Vanek” and “backcheck” in the same sentence. Garbage game- John Moore? He’s probably going to jail for life.

  261. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Gotta say, Hank has been terrific last 7, maybe 8 games. This one was some poor coverage and some….well…not so great saves. He wasn’t Hank tonight.

    Big mistake by AV not going to him in 3rd. Big mistake. If they lose this series, Big Mistake. if not, it was still a mistake, because going to a game 6 give this team no rest, especially if LA wins.

  262. yea i think Hank would’ve let those goals in too. They were snipes. Glad this happened here though instead of home. Now they can wake up and realize they have to play the best game of the series to wrap it up.

  263. Dumb watching the national crew try to work around Moore earning a suspension. They should be at the forefront talking down a BS hit like that one.

  264. What’s amazing is that they came all the way back to tie the game at 4 in the middle of the second period, then completely collapsed defensively. Atypical of this team.

  265. You guys who want Moore suspended for the hit on Wiese must watch a lot of games called by Olcyzk and McGuire

  266. Again, wonder if Henrik was involved with the decision NOT to return in the 3rd period. Food for thought.

  267. Jonesy “premeditation” by J. Moore- how about Prust pretty much calling his shot after the “accidentally, on purpose” et. al. comments.

    And, on the hit by Weise on Moore- was pretty late and high as well.

    Hopefully J. Moore’s lack of priors helps- but I doubt it as this will be the “example” punishment…~3 games.

    Also, Prust back with no Carcillo means Dorsett should be ready…presuming he can Bourque’s stick remnants from his throat…

  268. Rob in Beantown on

    Forget the first period, I don’t think you want to go into the 3rd period of a 1 goal game where you can clinch a SCF birth with Henrik Lundqvist sitting on the bench with a towel around his neck

  269. Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Weaver on Dorsett:”why he’s doing that at the end ? He was running around head cut off. Its the kind of player he is.” #tvasports

    oh for the love of Avery….

  270. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Was JMoops’ hit in the chest or head? I know it was stupid. I know it was blind. But it did appear to me it was chest.

    Prust saying.

  271. AV gambling late in the game two goals down is down around #37 on the list of why the Rangers lost tonight. Leaving Talbot in #36. Poor goaltending at the top, but it’s just one loss. Both teams can take heart going into Game 6. Great series!

  272. Stranger Nation on

    WOW – just WOW – that was gross. Need to take a shower after that game.

  273. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    If J Moore gets more than a game there is something wrong. If it was a chest hit, is it suspend able?

  274. @rangersreport

    Rene Bourque got a major/game misconduct for cross check on Dorsett at buzzer. Mr. Quintal, gonna take a look at that too?

  275. I want Moore suspended because I’d want someone suspended for that type of hit against us. Idiotic to argue otherwise.

  276. Finally able to blog. So freaking service slow.

    Hersc my take at 1-1 and 4-4 habs scored real quick to gain leafs back. The rangers never stabilized the game. I had no issues starting talbot in 3rd period.

    With 6 sec to go on when he pulled talbot all the 5 guys on ice have to do is tie up faceoff guy would had 6-4. Instead 6 sec empty net goal 7-4.

    Anyone on here talking cup should know better. We will sweat sweat sweat. It’s never just easy.

  277. Came straight sideways at a goon who just dished off the puck. Shouldn’t even get a game.

  278. Major for Bourque? That’s either the softest major in hockey history or would explain the supposed Dorsett running around with head cut off per Weaver or a bunch of other possible things.

  279. Watched J. Moore’s hit several times; elbow is down and chest first.

    Gionta “we’re wearing them down”

    a) wrong
    b) thanks for the posterboard material

  280. That penalty 30 seconds in, set us up to fail. Tough one tonight. That minute and a half after they came back from 4-1 sure was fun though.

    Non blog media blackout has begun.

  281. Czechthemout!!! on

    Hank deserved to be sitting on the bench with a towel wrapped around his neck.

    Goals 2-4 were worthy of a minor league goalie! The last player that I expected to Prust to bed was Hank!

    THE with 4 points! How about that?

    Staal has been horrid the last three games. Tonight he was extra horrid. He and Stralman were just awful!

    In my opinion, we have one chance left to win this series. Thats on Thursday. There is no way we win game 7 in Montreal. And not for nothing, if they dont win games 6, they dont deserve to win game 7.

  282. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    It was less late than Prust’s, was by a first time offender (if he is suspended), and did not injure the player, and it was to the chest.

    It was really stupid, no doubt.

    However, is that suspend able? I would otherwise think ‘no’, but the league almost has to give him something or it seems like they condone hits like that.

    Verdict: 1 game (and given above, I am not so sure I agree)

  283. Captain Hindsight on

    AV shouldn’t have pulled his goalie with an offensive zone draw and almost a PP. Too risky the Habs would score. No way AV should have ever done that IMO.

  284. iManny-O-War on

    The Moore hit was not nearly as late as the Prust hit.

    In the Weise scenario he HAS to have his head up there. Neutral zone, son. Keep your head up.

    J. Moore should get a game though based on Prust’s suspension.

    Diaz comes in. No major change there.

  285. I’d rather have Moore in than Diaz. Diaz is pretty small. Not bad but I hope he brings his A game. Rangers will need it.

  286. What’s the word used around here to describe the softening of the NHL, “pansification?”

    Best I can tell most of the “pansification” is going on here tonight

  287. @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    AV said he did not consider at all going back to Lundqvist for the start of 3rd period

  288. Stranger Nation on

    _Mr Empty Net had the best GAA of our net minders tonight_

    M.T. Goal – 3rd strong goalie called upon in periods of extreme panic and disillusionment

  289. iManny-O-War on

    Diaz gives you a lift on the PP. That could be helpful if the refs decide to call any penalties on Les Habs

  290. the canadien safety first fans are up in arms with the moore hit. not to provide any facts but the moore hit was.4 qucker after the player passed the puck then prusts play. also moore got a 5 minut penalty along with a match penalty, prust got a pat on the back from his teammates.

    what a putrid effort. rangers are not mature enough or smart enough to handle any prosperity. can nash win a battle in my lifetime. when no 1 is watching Richards is playing horrible…for a guy with all the PP time he gets can he be any less productive… $3mill. a year stralman was simply horrible tonight..

  291. The 2 goats were Staal and Lundqvist IMHO! Talbot was also rusty! Shake this stinker off and come out playing for keeps next game.

  292. 1. Moore’s hit was not late
    2. I saw no elbow
    3. You make a play, keep your head up. This is not tiddlywinks – yet.

  293. kreider sucked in the d zone even with a 4 point game. the guy believes it is against the rules for him to have the puck on his stick for more then a nanosecond…

    can nash receive a pass cleanly ever?

  294. Czechthemout!!! on

    Lev

    I actually agree. I did not think he played all that well. But if you are referring to the penalty he took as the reason, or the reason why we lost than I am not with you on that one, pal. THe made up for his stupid penalty.

    We lost this game because Hank gave up 3 very soft goals. He was outplayed by a minor league goalie. Staal and Stralman were also a danger to the Rangers well being tonight.

    As a team, we have now played 3 straight poor games with the exception of the first period in game 3. Perhaps we are due for a good game on Thursday. Let me add that if they dont win on Thursday, they sure as heck not winning game 7.

  295. I would pay $30 of my own money to get a pretend universe where Rene Bork runs over Hagelin the exact same way Moore ran over Weise just to see the differing reactions here.

    It was late, it was dirty, he earned his pending suspension.

  296. rangers are not good enough to mail it in. they are also not good enough to think they are better then they are…

    embarrassing effort. they tied the game up and being the einsteins they are they think a tie is a win…the tie meant nothing unless you make it all the way back and win…

  297. AV with the little league coach move of pulling the goalie with, what 4.5 minutes left?

  298. Someone remind me what the maximum number of seconds after touching the puck is that the NHL deems a hit “not late.”

  299. Has anyone mentioned yet that maybe Lundvqist didn’t want to come back in.??

  300. Coos
    the 5 players on ice can’t kill 6 sec of 5-4 to get a 6-4 advantage. I got no issue there. Blame them losing draw so easy.

  301. AV says it was a late hit. Pretty stupid. Let the office decide that, don’t make the decision for them. What’s this guy, a born- again?

  302. Are we sure that this isn’t 20 years after game 5 of the 94 cup finals and not the Matthau game?

    Some part of me wants to say that Stanley Cup teams don’t play games like that but then I remember that night.

  303. Hilarious, coos. And you claimed you’d be the one guy who wouldn’t change his mind if the Prust hit had had the jerseys switched. Guess not. Blue goggles just like the others.

  304. AND the lost draw, which was predictable. Win the damn draw before pulling the netminder.

  305. Say what you want about THE

    He’s still the only forward since Callahan left that has the spaldings to go in front of the net on the PP.

  306. Stranger Nation on

    AV taking the High Road – looking for extended career in NHL office after Slats fires him

  307. I, for one, am tired of AV saying the “right call was made.” Just coach the team and stop trying to go to heaven.

  308. $7.8M worth of “They won’t put me on the PP but I’m a darn good PK’er.”

  309. I think the “legal” limit is 0.6 seconds. Could be 0.5

    Czech, no definitely not because of the penalty. I actually missed the penalty. Got home from celebrating my boy’s graduation right after the first goal. He just really sucked. And I had no clue about his number of points until I saw Carp’s tweet.

    Lundqvist didnt want to come back in so that should be it for the discussion about who who shouldve started the 3rd.

  310. Papa, #20 is loaded with speed, talent, aggressiveness, will go to the net, battle, is willing, but is and has been poorly coached. That’s been seldom if ever mentioned.

  311. I agree with Alain and Lloyd so that makes three totally separate people in agreement!

  312. Kreisler had a terrible game, as did about 6 other Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist leading the charge

    On the plus side, there’s another game in 2 days

  313. nancie pants on

    boys played to lose tonight starting with kreiders fup..regardless of point on scoresheet i personally dont think he was that good but boys gotta clean up his mistake. blame all around all the way to the coach.

    missed opp…stanley cup winner learns and adapts. they havent done that for two but they only need one

  314. Pouliot’s stupidity was somewhat forgivable when he did something on the other end of the rink but when he just takes retarded penalties every single game it’s unacceptable. Kreider takes those same penalties but usually, not tonight, creates something on the offense. When Brassard or MZA arent going Pouliot is a liability.

  315. >>AV says J Moore hit was late…

    I love Mr. Vigneault’s penchant for throwing his players under the bus.

  316. @TGfireandice

    Lots for Dept. Player Safety to look at tonight. They’re reviewing Moore hit, Dorsett headbutt on Weaver and Bourque crosscheck of Dorsett.

  317. Moore’s point of contact was the opponent’s head; expect him to sit out one match. Bring in Diaz so he can score the winning goal against his old team.

  318. I thought the legal limit was .08, but I could be wrong.

    I think it was shoulder to shoulder initially and then follow through got marchand’s nose errr I mean weise chin.

    No elbow and no point of contact to head initially.

  319. To recap: Therrien is wrong because he pretended Prust’s hit wasn’t dirty and that Kreider was “reckless” getting tripped into Price. But AV is wrong because he admitted Moore’s hit was late (and high).

  320. And not for nuttin, but we are the victims of every after whistle scrum and nastiness in every period of every series. Maybe means nothing in the big scheme of things, but it boils my onions and I think it’s AV’s M.O.

  321. I find celebrating the potential entrance of Rafael Diaz as possibly the worst ever version of turning lemons into lemonade

  322. nancie pants on

    ah fuggit, as the meters say “aint no use” round these parts. but thanks anyway carp

  323. I saw this over on HF boards:

    Chris Johnston ?@reporterchris 20m

    Bourque on Lundqvist: “Everybody talks about how he’s a great goalie. Has he been than (Tokarski) this series? I don’t think so.”

  324. I also think the turning point in this game was Boyle not dropping the mitts with bjork during that scrum (I made a comment about it during the game).

    Trade a 4th liner for the guy with the hot hand for 5 minutes. Maybe give bjork something else to think about the rest of the game.

  325. Its actually “Raphael”, Lloyd.

    (No need for thanks, I’m just happy to help you!)

  326. SEE EVEN THE GREAT “RENNY” BOURQUE KNOWS THAT DUSTIN TOKARSKI IS THE ALL-TIME GREAT

  327. THE NEARLY NORRIS WINNING RAFAEL DIAZ SHUDDERS AT THE THOUGHT OF EVEN ATTEMPTING A SHOT ON DUSTIN TOKARSKI AND HIS BANK VAULT FULL OF VEZINAS AT ALL LEVELS

  328. Big mouths like Bourque and Gallagher make me miss CarBomb. They can drop them and take 5 minutes or skulk away.

  329. ThisYearsModel on

    Thanks Mr. D. I admit that I shut it off when the game ended. What a mess this game was.

  330. You guys are probably right that they will end up suspending him simply because of how badly they botched everything to do with the Prust hit

  331. Norm
    You are so correct, that video of about 6 replays from the the same camera angle shows everything…lol (s)

  332. Again, shoulder to shoulder initially and follow through got his Marchand nose of a chin.

  333. Not sure how you can say that, Alain, Rangers getting Rafael Diaz in for Moore is a win-win because he’s an all-timer practically at the Tokarsksi level.

  334. Maybe AV would like to confirm the head-butt for the league offices to save them time.

  335. What else can’t you see through them goggles, I wonder. But making fun of the guy’s nose does of course alter the point of contact that is printed on the video you can’t see.

  336. ThisYearsModel on

    The Rangers should suspend Moore themselves for running at someone who sucks. Getting suspended for a headshot on Dale Weise? Really? if you hurt him, Montreal might put someone in who can actually PLAY. Prust went after our #1 center. Why was that shot not taken against somebody that can play?

  337. I bet Prust would have gotten four games if Therrien had admitted the hit was late. Maybe more.

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