Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/17/14 at 09:16 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Lundqvist enters this confrontation at the top of his game, on the ice and as a teammate. He is the name above the title on the marquee, there is no doubt about that, but there isn’t a single conversation in which The King’s favorite pronoun isn’t “us” or “we.”
The Rangers aren’t a “me” team and haven’t been for a very long time. It’s an unselfish group willing and able to sacrifice for a common cause. There are no prima donnas in the room.
Then there is P.K. Subban on the other side. Just kidding.
The Canadiens took everything Boston had in the last round and spit it right back. They reduced Milan Lucic to sputtering petulance and turned the mighty Bruins into bullies who couldn’t handle it when some sand was kicked in their faces.
In two years on the job, Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin has turned it around after inheriting rubble left behind by predecessor Pierre Gauthier, whose mailbox should be flooded with thank-you notes from Rangers fans for his role as an architect of the Ryan McDonagh deal.
Bergevin has constructed an entertaining, deep team with a mobile defense supported by outstanding goaltending. The Canadiens are kind of a mirror image of the Rangers, though probably quicker and probably not quite as strong defensively on the blue line.
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