Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE
Posted On Friday, 05.23.2014 / 4:44 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers figuring out Canadiens' Tokarski as they go

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin paused for a few seconds after he was asked if Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski has surprised him and his teammates in any way in the Eastern Conference Final.

"Not really," he said.

Interesting, considering the Rangers had not faced Tokarski this season before Game 2. Tokarski played three NHL games this season and had 10 regular-season games on his resume before making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on Monday at Bell Centre.

"We knew who he was before, just never played against him," Hagelin said. "But he's been good at every level he's played at. We know any goalie in this League is going to be a good goalie."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 8:02 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Vanek on fourth line for Canadiens in Game 3

NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek was demoted to the fourth line at the beginning of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series 2-0.

Vanek has five goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs but scored them in three games. He has no points and one shot on goal in two games against the Rangers. He has no points and two shots on goal in his past three games.


Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 05.19.2014 / 1:46 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers' Kreider pays no mind to Canadiens' remarks

MONTREAL -- New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has one regret about the play that knocked Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price out of the Eastern Conference Final.

"I wish I would've put it in the net," Kreider said. "Obviously I was trying to score a goal. I put it wide. It was a bang-bang play."

Kreider instead lost his footing and crashed feet-first into Price at 3:15 of the second period in Game 1 on Saturday. Price was slow to get up and was in obvious pain, but after consulting with the Canadiens trainer he stayed in the game.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 05.19.2014 / 1:45 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers' Brassard skates, status uncertain for Game 2

MONTREAL -- New York Rangers center Derick Brassard participated in the morning skate Monday at Bell Centre but did not take any line rushes and coach Alain Vigneault said his status remains day-to-day.

Brassard was injured early in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday after being hit hard in open ice by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver. He played two shifts totaling 35 seconds and did not return to the game after leaving 3:06 into the first period.

It's unclear if Brassard will be available for Game 2 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"As far as lineup decisions, I haven't finalized that," Vigneault said. "It's like any other game, you'll find out [Monday] at 8 o'clock when the puck drops."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 05.19.2014 / 1:22 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers' sole focus is their game plan

MONTREAL -- The news of Carey Price's injury and that Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said the goalie won't play again in the Eastern Conference Final spread through the New York Rangers as they were on the ice at Bell Centre on Monday morning, going through their preparations for Game 2 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

At the end of the practice the Rangers players huddled in the corner to the right of the visiting goal as their five coaches on the ice stayed at center ice. The message was that just because Price is out doesn't mean the Rangers can change the way they play or get caught being overconfident against the Canadiens just because veteran backup Peter Budaj or untested rookie Dustin Tokarski will be in the net Monday night.

The Rangers won 7-2 in Game 1, but they are winless in their past 13 games after grabbing a lead in a best-of-7 series, including 0-4 this season. The last time they won a game after taking a lead was Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals.

New York blew a 3-1 lead in that series and lost in seven.

"In our last couple series we've won the first game and didn't take advantage of going out and winning another one, so it was about making sure that we up the ante, play a better game and focus on what we need to do," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. "You've got to score goals the same way; get to the net, do all those types of things. That won't change with Price being out."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 5:20 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers' speed a big factor in Game 1 victory

MONTREAL -- The New York Rangers aren't sure if they surprised the Montreal Canadiens with their speed in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

"I can't answer to what they were expecting from us," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Even if it were true, the Canadiens won't admit that they underestimated the Rangers' speed.

"No, it's a bad game," Montreal forward Brandon Prust said.

That goes without saying when you lose 7-2, as the Canadiens did Saturday, but they lost by that margin in large part because the Rangers' overall team speed seemed to overwhelm them, if not surprise them.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 6:10 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers' Brassard leaves Game 1 with injury

MONTREAL -- New York Rangers center Derick Brassard was described as day-to-day by coach Alain Vigneault following a 7-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Bell Centre.

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series with Game 2 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Brassard played two shifts totaling 35 seconds in Game 1. He left the game and did not return after Montreal defenseman Mike Weaver connected on an open-ice, shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Brassard's left side at 3:03 of the first period.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 12:53 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers, Canadiens keep same lineups for Game 1

MONTREAL -- The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens will ice the same lineups that they used in their respective Game 7s earlier this week when they meet in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Bell Centre on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

This is the 15th time the Canadiens and Rangers are meeting in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the first time since 1996.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price is 4-1-0 with three shutouts and a .986 save percentage in his past five appearances against the Rangers.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 6:53 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins' Seidenberg not in Game 7 lineup

BOSTON -- Injured Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is not in the lineup for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Wednesday.

Seidenberg hasn't played since he sustained a knee injury Dec. 27, but he has been taking contact in practice recently.

Here are the lineups for Game 7 based on how they skated in warmups (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). It's possible that Boston's defense pairs will be different for the start of the game than they are below:


Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 05.12.2014 / 3:14 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Penguins-Rangers series blog

Rangers' penalty killers frustrating Penguins

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- One way to keep the Pittsburgh Penguins' elite scorers off the board and frustrated is to not give them anything on the score sheet or much in the way of momentum when they're on the power play.

The New York Rangers have staved off elimination twice to force Game 7 in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Penguins on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) by doing just that.

New York is 12-for-12 on the penalty kill in the past four games, including 8-for-8 in the past two, and 18-for-19 in the series. It's a major improvement for their PK from the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers, who scored six power play goals on 21 chances.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
First | Prev | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16-21 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

I might have blacked out. I was pretty pumped.

— New Jersey Devils rookie goalie Keith Kinkaid on his first NHL win Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning
2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series