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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Canadiens will scratch and claw and do whatever else is necessary to extend this series during which they have led for a sum of 2:50 of the 244:46 the clubs have been on the ice. But now is the time for the Rangers to drop the hammer on this Montreal squad that doesn’t seem to have the requisite weapons to advance.
Fans of a certain vintage who cringe at the memory of roadrunner Yvan Cournoyer torching the Blueshirts at the old Forum will recognize and delight in the irony that the faster, better ice in Montreal should prove beneficial to the Rangers, whose up-tempo game was muffled on the Garden rink on which the puck took more bad hops than the World Series grounder that hit Tony Kubek in the throat.
The Rangers want pace; they live on it. Carl Hagelin, the latter day descendent of Roadrunner Cournoyer, has emerged as a force against Montreal, all flash and dash and if only that long blonde hair were free to wave in the breeze the way that Gene Carr’s did so many years ago.
The better ice should benefit all of the Rangers, who seemed frustrated — but not defeated — by all of the bounces of pucks left in front of the net by goaltender Dustin Tokarski, whose aggressive style has at times flummoxed opposing shooters. In Game 3, how many times were the Rangers in alone, only to see the puck roll at the last moment? Rick Nash, who scored in each of the first two matches in Montreal, seemed particularly cursed at home.
By Tom Murray,
I know it took place way back in the early stages of Game 3 between the Rangers and Canadiens.
I also know the repercussions of the incident may have been rendered moot because the Rangers won Game 4 on Sunday night and with a 3-1 lead in the series are on the verge of advancing to the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since they won it all exactly 20 years ago.
But, sorry gang, I still can’t comprehend yet another laughably toothless verdict that was handed down by the NHL to the Canadiens Brandon Prust for what, in the exact words of the Department of Player Safety, was described as a “late, violent hit to Rangers forward Derek Stepan, causing an injury.” [Specifically, a broken jaw, which the league was aware of by the time it rendered its decision and which has sidelined Stepan indefinitely.]
Two games, for a hit, again quoting directly here, that was delivered “well past the point when a player should have to remain on guard for an opponent finishing a check.”
Two games, for a hit by Prust, who “drives his left shoulder up and into Stepan’s chest and jaw well after he releases the puck.”
Two games, despite the fact “Prust is in complete control of this play” and “the onus is entirely on Prust to avoid contact completely.”
Montreal played well enough to win and must quickly forget this loss. The Habs aren’t really an inferior team to the Rangers, but it’s hard to imagine them beating Lundqvist in three straight games now. They had Game 4 on their stick, but…
-Chris Johnston of Sportsment where you can read more on last night's game.
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
So now Montreal is on the brink. The Canadiens have played two elimination games this season, against Boston, and one that might as well have been one, in Game 3 of this series. They won them all, and have shown a remarkable resilience. They will play Game 5 at home, and they dominated Game 2 there, if without the desired result. Montreal, the little team that could, can’t afford to lose again.
“It’s not over yet. A lot of hockey yet to be played,” said Subban. “That’s playoffs. That’s playoff hockey. That’s all it takes is one bounce, it’s one inch, you know? That’s the difference in a game. I’ve been down 3-1 in a series before and the tide can turn real quick. We’re prepared to go home and play a good game.”
“By no means are we counting ourselves out,” said Montreal’s Brian Gionta, who was a quarter-second slow on a first-period chance on the doorstep. “It’s a tough loss, a bitter loss, but at the end of the day we’re still in this series. I still like our chances with two games at home.”
“It’s going to come down to some bounces,” said Lundqvist.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Again, as it has been so often through this dash to within a single victory of the Stanley Cup final, St. Louis was the man of the moment for the Rangers, ripping home the winner at 6:02 of overtime in the Rangers’ 3-2 Game 4 victory at the Garden on Sunday that sets up Tuesday’s Game 5 of the Eastern final in Montreal as the first potential clincher.
“Everybody wants to be the guy,” St. Louis said after converting Carl Hagelin’s eye-opening feed with a whippet of a shot from low in the right circle that flew into the net over Dustin Tokarski’s left shoulder. “When you’re playing as a kid in the streets, you picture this.
“Everybody wants to be the guy.”
St. Louis has been the man throughout a 14-year career that features a Hart Trophy, a pair of Art Ross Trophies and a Stanley Cup championship. It is a career that also includes four playoff overtime winners. Brad Richards, who got the second assist on the winner, has been there for a few.
“I’ve jumped on him a couple of times in overtime,” said Richards, the Butch to St. Louis’ Sundance. “It never gets old.”
Watch the OT goal from St. Louis below included video from CBC and RDS...
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
“I know the league is looking at [Therrien’s comment about Brassard] and expect it to be handled quietly with a private warning,” an industry source told The Post’s Larry Brooks.
That private warning could have very well been the conversation had between league vice president Colin Campbell, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and Therrien on Sunday morning near the Zamboni entrance at the Garden. Seen standing together and talking, the specifics of the conversation might be unknown, but not impossible to glean from context of the situation.
read on if you are unfamiliar with all that has been said...
The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and you can watch on NBCSN, CBC or RDS.
The New York Rangers are up 2-1 against the Montreal Canadiens and you would think the Rangers want a win tonight and then head back to Montreal up 3-1.
I don't think the Canadiens have played their best game yet and I expect a tight checking game tonight with the Rangers scoring a late goal for the win.
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Q. This has obviously become a war of words between coaches as much as the players on the ice. Yesterday you spoke about Derick Brassard and spoke about knowing where his injury was today. Alain Vigneault suggested that if Brassard gets injured tonight, you could be in trouble.
COACH THERRIEN: You know what? Because I was saying the same thing we said about Carey Price, that they knew before we knew his injuries, and in the hockey world it's a small world. It's a small world, so we knew exactly what happened to Derick Brassard. And by the way, he's a good player. He's an important player. That line got a lot of success, aganist the Penguins. He's a good player. There is no free pass. We're in the playoffs.
But the intention is not to hurt the guy. I mean, come on. There is no hockey player that's going to go on the ice. There is no hockey coach going to ask to hurt the player. But you have to play with hard. We have to play Derick Brassard hard like we have to play all those New York Rangers hard with emotion and the best playoff hockey. No one's got a free pass. I don't think they gave a free pass to P.K. Subban, all the cheap shots that he got. I don't think they gave a free pass to Gallagher. But that's okay. It's the playoffs. It's the beauty of it. There is a lot of emotion. And Derick Brassard, let me tell you, he's a good player, and we're going to get to pay attention to him. But there is no ‑‑ there is no one wants to see a player get hurt. We don't want to see Stepan get hurt. I'm sure they didn't want to see Carey Price get hurt, but sometimes those things happen.
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