Game 5: Canadiens 7, Rangers 4 … post-game notes & interview transcripts

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Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; interview transcripts courtesy of the NHL/ASAP Sports:

Game 5: Canadiens 7, Rangers 4.

Click here for boxscore.

Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 7-4, tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Bell Centre. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two.

–        The Blueshirts have posted an 11-8 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-4 record on the road.

–        New York has posted a 14-2 playoff series record in 16 all-time best-of-seven playoff series in which they held a three games to two lead following Game 5. The Rangers have won 10 of 16 Game 6s when holding a 3-2 lead in the series.

–        The line of Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash combined for eight points (four goals, four assists) in the contest. Each player recorded at least two points in the game.

–        The Rangers were 1-for-7 (10:59) on the power play in the contest. New York has tallied a power play goal in five consecutive road playoff games (8-for-22; 36.4% over the span). The Blueshirts have recorded a power play goal in five straight road games for the first time since an 11-game streak from Game 3 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals on June 4, 1994 against Vancouver to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 28, 1996 against Montreal.

–        The Rangers and Canadiens combined for six goals in the second period of the contest (three for New York, three for Montreal). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Blueshirts and their opponent combined for at least six goals in one period in a playoff game was Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 20, 1997 vs. Philadelphia (seven goals in the third period; three for the Rangers, four for the Flyers).

–        New York was credited with 27 hits in the contest, as 13 different skaters recorded at least one hit and five skaters tied for the team-high with three hits.

Player notes:

–        Chris Kreider recorded a single-game playoff career-high, four points (one goal, three assists), and led all skaters with a single-game playoff career-high, six shots on goal in 18:13 of ice time. Kreider’s three assists are also a single-game playoff career-high. Kreider recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the second period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kreider became the first Ranger to tally three points in one period in a playoff game since Jaromir Jagr registered three points (three assists) in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in four of the last five games, and has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last eight contests. Kreider has established playoff career-highs in assists (six) and points (10) this year. Kreider is tied for the team lead in goals (three) and ranks second on the team in points (eight) in the series. Kreider is also tied for sixth on the team in points in the playoffs.

–        Derek Stepan tallied two goals, posted a plus-two rating, and recorded two shots on goal in 19:41 of ice time. The contest was Stepan’s first career multi-goal game in postseason play. The Rangers forward has registered a point in each of his last six games (three goals, six assists over the span). Stepan is tied for the team lead in goals (three) and ranks third on the team in points (seven) in the series. The Rangers forward is also tied for the team lead in points (13) in the playoffs.

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied two assists, recorded three shots on goal, and tied for the team-high with three hits in a team-high, 25:50 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman leads all skaters in assists (seven) and points (nine) in the series. McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to register seven assists and nine points in one playoff series since Brian Leetch in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Quebec Nordiques in 1995. McDonagh leads the team in assists (nine) and ranks third on the team in points (12) in the playoffs.

–        Rick Nash registered a goal, added an assist, and recorded four shots on goal in 16:14 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games, and has posted two multi-point games over the span. Nash is tied for the team lead in goals (three) in the series. Nash is tied for third on the team in assists (seven) and is tied for sixth on the team in points (10) in the playoffs.

–        Marc Staal registered an assist and was credited with two hits in 21:19 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has established a playoff career-high in assists (four) this year.

–        Derick Brassard tallied an assist and was credited with one hit in 13:48 of ice time. The Rangers forward has registered six points (four goals, two assists) in his last six games.

–        Dan Girardi tied for the team-high with three hits and was credited with one blocked shot in 20:53 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman skated in his 83rd career playoff game, passing Brian Leetch for sole possession of fourth place on the team’s all-time playoff games played list. Girardi leads the team in hits (61) and blocked shots (49) in the playoffs.

–        Dominic Moore won 11 of 14 faceoffs (79%), recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with one hit in 12:32 of ice time. Moore has won 35 of 48 faceoffs (73%) in the last three games. The Rangers forward leads the team in faceoff win percentage (56.4%; 127-for-225) in the playoffs.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves in the contest. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader is tied for first in the NHL in wins (11) in the playoffs.

–        Cam Talbot made six saves in relief of Henrik Lundqvist. Talbot made his second career playoff appearance in the contest (his first since Game 6 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals on Apr. 29 at Philadelphia).

Quotebook:

ALAIN VIGNEAULT

Q. How do you explain what happened, particularly in the second,
just the structure, I guess?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, it was, to say the least, a strange game.
You know, we tie it up 1-1 in the first and couple minutes later they make
it 2-1. They make it 4-1. We tie it up 4-4. Couple minutes, next scoring
chance, they put it in the back of our net to make it 5-4. It was a
different game than what we’ve had so far in this series, and we’re going
back home.

Q. Obviously the hit by John, laid Dale out. Any expectations of
what the league might do there?
COACH VIGNEAULT: The league will do what it has to do. I think he
was penalized on the ice. John is definitely not the type of player to try
to hurt someone, but it was a late hit and it was the right call on the
ice.

Q. Did pulling Lundqvist have as much to do with how the team was
playing as how he was playing? And did you consider bringing him back out
for the save?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I pulled him because I thought at that time we
needed a little momentum shift, and I thought it might catch everybody’s
attention. It did for a while. Obviously it didn’t work out.

Q. Just a follow-up on that, did you consider going back to
Lundqvist?
COACH VIGNEAULT: No, no.

Q. Talk a little bit about Step’s game. Obviously, coming back,
getting two goals, if there was a positive, I guess?
COACH VIGNEAULT: If there was a positive, the fact that he was able
to, under those conditions, play such a strong game. That whole line was
good tonight, and we need to get the rest of our group to play the same
way.

Q. Lundqvist is healthy? He’s not injured?
COACH VIGNEAULT: No.
FastScripts by ASAP Sports
 MICHEL THERRIEN

Q. Your take on the John Moore hit on Dale Weise?
COACH THERRIEN: First of all, I thought it was the right call on the ice. We all saw it. We all saw it on the ice and saw the different angle on the TV after the game. They’ll decide what they’re going to do after.

Q. After such a crazy second period, why do you think your guys were able to compose themselves and have a strong start to the third?
COACH THERRIEN: Well, you know what? I told the players between the second and third period, pretty simple, we tied second period score with the goal of Bourque late in the second. So it gave us the confidence to play, to approach the team, this is what we did, and we got that possession and got the lead and got through the third period. Our team was comfortable to play that type of game.

Q. When Moore hit him, Weise was groggy after. Can you just run through the team’s process of allowing him back on the ice for the rest of the game?
COACH THERRIEN: Well, he went to the quiet room and saw a doctor and they felt that he was good to go.

Q. When and how did Alexei Emelin get injured? Was it upper or lower body, and what is the status?
COACH THERRIEN: First of all, he got injured last game, and it’s a body injury.

Q. Bourque is like your secret weapon, except you never know when he’s going to go off, and when he does, it’s a big explosion like it was tonight?
COACH THERRIEN: Yeah, you know what? Rene Bourque played a great game. He was a force out there, you know? On the forecheck, he took the man. He was moving his feet. He was going hard to the map mat. He’s a very good scorer, so definitely that was a great performance by him.

Q. I believe in French you explained why you didn’t call a timeout after they tied the game. Could you answer that in English?
COACH THERRIEN: The reason I didn’t call timeout is because I felt our attitude on the bench was good. When they tied the game, attitude was sharp and we scored not too far after, so we didn’t decide to call a timeout because as a coach you had a feeling that your team is losing confidence, but that was not the case.

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153 Comments

  1. ThisYearsModel on

    Repost

    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?

  2. Put me down for 2.
    And please tell me again there is no momentum between the games:)

  3. I fully expect Rafael Diaz to score a hat trick in game 6

    LOL JUST KIDDING JESUS TOKARSKI WON’T BE ALLOWING ANYTHING

  4. ThisYearsModel on

    CARP–I am LOL at the Duguay quote. Thanks. I needed that! Some hockey players are dim bulbs. Rene Borque calling out Henrik is just what we need. I hope someone forwards that quote to Henrik. And the Gionta quotes about their wearing the Rangers out and having them on the run. Good bulletin board material.

  5. Norm
    Aha hahaha

    I’m about the last person that wears blue goggles here sweetheart, and I was making fun of his chin not his nose and I also said he should get a game suspension for the hit…you clearly pay as little attention to posts as you do those highly informative vid clips.

    Lol

  6. Who did I call a name? Pretty sure I started off the post with your name…

    N
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    M

  7. So does our power play try deflections or garbage goals anymore or are we just looking for miracle passes cross crease that don’t exist.

  8. @NHLPlayerSafety

    Rangers defenseman John Moore will have a hearing Wednesday for an Illegal Check to the Head of Montreal forward Dale Weise.

  9. Why wasn’t DMoops taking that ALL IMPORTANT face-off when AV pulled the goalie with four and a half minutes left? He was 11 for 14.

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

  11. Ok, norm if you can’t answer, I understand some have limitations so don’t worry buddy it’ll be ok!

  12. Two referees and two linesmen and they need the league to look at ten uncalled supposed infractions.

  13. LOL! That headbutt is pretty funny. NHL has to do something about it, though.

    NYR letting MTL get to them these last two games. This must end in Game 6, as must the series.

  14. Agree on the fine

    I think prust had option of in person or phone and he chose phone

  15. Christ, they could review every play in every game. Pretty soon, they’ll be changing the scores.

  16. Norm
    I’m starting to think you are drunk and making no sense. I just simply asked a simple question and you can’t provide the answer. Are you ok?

    Do you need help?

    We are getting worried about you bud

  17. yeah the Prust hearing was by phone, just curious if they follow the same standard or try to make an example of Moore this time around.

    also, as far as I’m concerned, the Dorsett headbutt is actually worse than what Moore pulled. Dorsett is another borderline minor leaguer and that headbutt crap is about as gutless a move as you can pull.

  18. Please don’t drive home norm, call a cab or get a ride from a friend.

    So not cool if you try and drive yourself buddy.

  19. It would be pretty zany if we went the entire regular season and first two rounds with zero suspensions then racked up three in three separate incidents in this series.

  20. They came back from 4-1 down .

    After that fifth goal, the mojo was gone.

    Not really a bad game..just too much of that desperation- catch-up hockey, and some flukey goals…..

    I guess we see Prust again.

  21. Admiral Akbar on

    Wicky —

    That game was anything BUT a trap – brutally played! ;)

    But the result, yes, it’s a trap!

  22. Admiral Akbar on

    Tomb

    Very similar to Game 5 of Stanley cup finals in 1994. Vancouver took 3-0 lead, rangers tied, then went on to lose 6-3…

    Flukey goals, wild emotions all the same. Like tonight.

  23. The League MUST take action, and plenty of it, against this nasty-loaded Ranger team.

  24. ThisYearsModel on

    So Diaz gets back in to damage his former team, and Jesper Fast replaces Dorsett. Neither are disasters at all.

  25. Haha an ally. You really are hammered. I was honestly concerned because you couldn’t answer a simple question and now you insult…suck it up buddy and call a cab

  26. Admiral Akbar on

    I can see the Rangers unravelling – take out JMoops, not too big a deal. Unless Diaz comes in and hurts the team. Losing Door-stop is a big deal. Their once über-dependable checking line gets a major blow. Who ya gonna put in for Dorsett?

    And oh yeah, Pruster comes back to MSG.

  27. Admiral Akbar on

    Or do you dress Bickel – for size on the fourth line/extra d-man over Fasth?

  28. I’d rather them win of course but they have/had a small margin for error.

    Probably do not want to go back to mtl for game 7 though

  29. I remember my yuteful days of couch diving for change. I think men’s pockets were different back then. Lots of ice cream!

  30. Admiral Akbar on

    So then Diaz over Bickel…

    And Bickel vs. Fast — not necessary if Doorstop plays

  31. ThisYearsModel on

    CARP—you mean headbutting a guy is not as severe a violation as referring to sloppy seconds?

  32. coos, so I’m at Daily Burger in the Garden. Kid in front of me, maybe 14 years old, wearing a brand new authentic St. Louis jersey (gotta be $250, right?) … whips out a fistful of $100 bills and starts counting them.

    I want to dive into his daddy’s couch.

  33. what was up with Stepan not being made available to the media? is it simply because he can’t talk?

  34. Czechthemout!!! on

    The Habs have tried to get into the Rangers heads and have succeeded. Two stupid plays by two stupid players. One has zero hockey sense, the other, a little more than zero.

    Norm

    When did Avery ever get suspended for a head butt?

    AV needs to stop throwing his players under the bus. Privately is one thing to criticize a player for a stupid play, publicly is another story. This how a coach can quickly lose the locker room. Just STFU AV!

    Bourque is an idiot but he is at least trying to have his teammates back. That said, Tokarski is a minor league goalie who made 3-4 tough saves all game. But they were dramatic saves. If you take enough shots at him, he will give up plenty of goals.

    Very surprised that Hank wanted no part of the third period. I hope we dont call him a choke artist after this series. Not a good sign.

  35. ThisYearsModel on

    Interesting that Stephane Quintal has already diagnosed the incident as an “illegal check to the head”, while they puttered around for a day before even calling Prust for a hearing, then went out of their way to call it interference and not a head shot.

  36. Admiral Akbar on

    Hank has asked out of games in the past. It’s something he does, if he thinks he doesn’t have it.

  37. What if the nhl made suspension lengths equal to the combined jersey numbers of the players involved?

    Chara boarding patches=100 games lol

  38. If I can talk my Pierre McGuire-issued Dustin Tokarski pom poms for a second, Bourque’s comments are especially laughable given how if the Rangers got any goaltending at all tonight, the Canadiens go home in 5 and the story is how poorly Tokarski played.

  39. Carp :)) When I went to London, I wanted to bring some gifts for a couple of kids who are (believe it or not MET fans. Long story short, I went to Modell’s and couldn’t believe the jersey prices. Settled on two Ike Davis half-off tee shirts.

  40. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    sorry to say, that hit by JMoops may hit the chest and chin at the same time. Wiese looks like John Kerry, though. That, my son, isn’t fair.

    Does it really count as a head shot?

  41. And you’re doing all this while the rest of us try to put food on our tables?

  42. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Wickster, hit him above the belt, you’re hitting his chin. Not fair!!

  43. Matty
    There was a clip of it on nhl network, dorsett and weaver were bodying each other in front of the net and dorsett leaned in with a shoulder and got weaver with his head.

    Not all wwe or anything, but technically a headbutt I suppose

  44. Lloyd Braun on

    he didn’t “(lean) in with a shoulder,” Wicky. he led with his head straight into the guy’s face.

  45. That was mostly shoulder by Dorsett. You get head butted like that, you’re down for the ten count.

  46. Hard to lean too far in with a shoulder without the head going along, they seem to be attached and all…I’m not a dr though so I could be wrong ;)

  47. Lloyd Braun on

    I’m also going to say something I never thought I’d say – and this isn’t a reactionary thing because I’ve been thinking this for the last 5 games:

    I’d rather have Boyle getting Brad Richards minutes than Brad Richards. I think Brad Richards is without a doubt the Rangers’ worst center right now and he is a cancer on the power play, particularly on the point where he has no business being ever. And I’m a guy who defended Brad Richards endlessly, even through most of last season. The lone positive to the Rangers potentially blowing this series to Montreal is it has to guarantee this albatross gets bought out.

  48. Norm Merton on

    Right back atcha, coos. You make this plac singe. Wait, I ment singh. Sing! SOrry, weaving allover this keybord trying to punch the write keys. All that Blu Nun.

  49. I agree with most of that too. Except he is their best point man, an indictment of the other guys. When the PP is working, he’s really good there.

    But at even strength he’s their worst center, and when he’s not scoring, he is an albatross. His contract certainly is.

  50. I’m all out of “saying things I never thought I’d say” – just go back to the game thread.

    Night all. LGR!

  51. Lloyd Braun on

    “their best point man” translated as “the Rangers don’t have another point man worth a flying crap?”

  52. Step, and St. Louis – way too many blind or nonsense passes through heavy traffic that never find the target. Richie, if threatened, will give up the puck and his wallet.

  53. Wow, seems just ridiculous to even hand out a penalty like that at the end of the game like that.

  54. Norm Merton on

    Ah, Richards, the bane of all our collective existence. Until he isn’t, as in keeping the puck in the zone once, twice, Hagelin, St. Louis… OT Heaven. Like every Ranger in this magical post-season, he’s made big contributions.

  55. I like Doc but he was particularly annoying tonight he was emphasizing his SCARRR extra hard for every MTL goal not for us :/

  56. I mean pretty much just stat padding, no auto suspension or anything so why bother?

  57. they’re looking at it, wick. Probably fines for him and Dorsett. But be afraid of NHL Player Safety.

  58. Emrick is a self-absorbed showman, close on the heels of that guy in Boston who sings the anthem.

  59. Carp
    Still renting the ledge out or are you prepping it for a lot of the posters here?

  60. Norm Merton on

    The best point man on a final four team with a pretty good shot at the final two. We are not in preseason tweak mode any more.

  61. Have that ledge checked. One like that went down at a Hyatt a number of years ago. Really.

  62. That anthem guy is soooo annoying..the fist pump thing the whole bit is terrible

  63. Wasn’t that a Hyatt hotel or something??

    I remember reading about it while doing some continuing ed working at vandalay industries.

  64. well….Dorsett gets suspended. We get him for another year…..

    not Stanley Cup material.

    This team has enough character to win this series. MSL. he had another few great chances tonight….hope he buries them next time.

    I kind of feared this, just beat Montreal, give me another few weeks of hockey…..thats a bonus.

  65. That anthem guy rents himself out for funerals and he and fifteen other clowns come out of a Volkswagen.

  66. If some of our gifted and talented guys played with Dorsett’s energy and enthusiasm, this series could have been over in 4.

  67. Norm Merton on

    Dorsett has some gifts and talent or he couldn’t survive an NHL game. He hasn’t developed them as much (practiced as long and hard) and compensates, superbly, with energy and enthusiasm. I think you misunderstand the nature of “effortless” players, the ones who make it look easy. That merde is earned over many years of hard work.

  68. How could I not be safe? I’m sitting in my den. You must be talking to Norm, who is obviously driving home while intoxicated.

  69. Rangers are really losing the mind games here. Montreal sure likes to talk…

    Borque comments should surely light a fire in Lundqvist

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