NEW YORK -- They began the moment this Eastern Conference Final between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers was set and continue unabated leading into Game 4 of the series Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
The Rangers might lead the best-of-7 series 2-1, but the count on mind games won by either team is not quite as clear.
And it seems nearly as important.
As the Canadiens and Rangers each took to the ice for practice Saturday, what was said in the dressing rooms and on the podium was of far greater interest.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was up first, and he did not disappoint.