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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.
Q. Coach, do you resent what happened yesterday with your assistants being asked to leave the Canadiens practice, and what is your reaction to the reason why?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, we were treated very unfairly yesterday. There is no rule. There was no agreement between both teams. That is the exception, not the rule. I mean, I've been asked in the past to do this on a couple of occasions. Usually the coach calls me or the GM calls the GM, never happened. What happened yesterday was uncalled for. Without a doubt, my staff handled it with a lot of class, just like our team, play whistle to whistle, don't get involved with the other stuff. We're very credible. This is the National Hockey League, and that type of behavior, we're lucky it didn't escalate.
Q. Just wanted to ask you about something else you said yesterday. Therrien made a reference to knowing exactly what Brassard's injury is. Did that bother you at all or did you interpret that as threatening in any way?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Let's put it this way, I hope nothing happens to Brass, the player, and Michel could be in trouble.
The Knicks are gone, the Nets only got a game off the Heat after spending to do plenty more than that, the Yankees start off more mediocre this season than they did last season with all those replacement players, the Mets try to convince their fans that there is a reason to come out to Citi Field and spend money and care; convince their fans that they’re not once again selling a season other than the one they’re playing.
The Rangers are the story, the Rangers are the show. It won’t last with hockey, it never does. But it has a chance to be big, loud fun while it lasts. Breaking somebody’s head on Sunday night won’t make it any better. They all need to shut up and play.
-Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News where you can read more on the Rangers/Habs...
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
It all started with Canadiens coach Michel Therrien ejecting three New York Rangers staffers — assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, video coach Jerry Dineen and travel secretary Alex Case — from the stands at the beginning of practice. Therrien felt that those men were in violation of an agreement which the Rangers vehemently deny was ever made.
“There is always a gentleman’s agreement between two teams and the general managers that coaches are not allowed to attend practices between games,” said Therrien. “It’s respect for coaches that want to make adjustments … and it’s always been like that and that’s the way it is.”
The list of grievances didn’t stop there. The Canadiens don’t believe that Derek Stepan’s broken jaw is as serious as the Rangers have made it sound. Daniel Briere called it “fishy” and other members of the organization feel that the New York centre will dress for Game 4 on Sunday night.
“We’re 100 percent expecting him to play,” said agitator Brendan Gallagher. “He got up and he was yapping and yelling. So I’m sure the jaw isn’t hurting too much.”
Below, watch Therrien confront the Rangers staffers...
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