Eastern Conference Finals Game One: Conquering the Montreal demons

May 17, 2014, by

For the second time in three seasons, the Rangers will play for the Eastern Conference crown. Two years ago, an overachieving (and let’s face it, flawed) team made the best of their three lines and two defensive pairings before getting eliminated in the ECF. This time around, despite playing seven games in both series prior, the Rangers roll four lines and three pairings without fear. They were a trendy pick to win the Cup at the beginning of the year, and were a trendy pick to come out of the East when April rolled around.

Montreal is unlike either opponent the Rangers have faced these playoffs. They are deep, skilled, and have fantastic defense/goaltending. They are built just like the Rangers. Suit wrote a preview of the series, and you should definitely be reading that. Justin also scouted out Carey Price, and the results are not favorable for the Rangers. This is going to be a dogfight.

Rangers Lines:


Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsMartin St. Louis
Benoit PouliotDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello
Brian BoyleDominic MooreDerek Dorsett


Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
John MooreKevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Raphael Diaz (healthy), Ryan Haggerty (healthy), Jesper Fast (healthy) Justin Falk (healthy), J.T. Miller (healthy), Dan Carcillo (healthy)

Game time is 1pm on NBC. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

Categories : Game Thread, Playoffs


  1. Leatherneckinlv says:

    One word…Win!!!!! Have a game plan for Subban, Nash please break out this series in scoring and let the King do his Magic. Defense punish the Hab forwards. Let’s go Rangers

    I hate this afternoon games by the way….haha

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Unlike last season with our short bench and not understanding we went up a round and up in competition. This time around we came out and jumped all over the Canadiens. The goal by Kreider is why I think we will somehow win this series. Not just the breakaway but the slight size advantage we have will win this. I think we see a different Hab nots team in game 2. I know Price is a good goalie and could be in the top 6,7, or 10 in the NHL. I think the Rangers coming in waves will pester him into making mistakes on stoppable pucks. Really hope Brassard is ok.

  2. Chris F says:

    Thanks for the video embed. Great stuff! I’m all amped up now.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  3. supermaz says:

    What happened to brassard

    • Chris F says:

      Weaver came across and threw a heavy open ice hit on him. Clean. Shoulder to shoulder. Brassard immediately went off. Something wrong with his shoulder.

      • "The Original Rob" says:

        I dont know Chris F. I wouldn’t be so quick to call that a “clean” hit. Id have a hard time calling it dirty as well, but it sure seamed border line to me. Let’s hope it’s nothing that serious!

        • Hatrick Swayze says:

          There was nothing wrong with that hit. Thats why you dont watch/admire your passes at this level of hockey.

          Here’s to hoping Brassard is ok. He and his line are both key cogs to this team. We will need him back in good health.

          • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

            I don’t argue with you one bit. Brassard has been worth his weight in gold in this series and the line he’s on has won us some games in these playoffs. Moore did a pretty good job after Brass went down. The hit wasn’t dirty. Weaver was setting the tone but the way he came up on Brassard was unnessassary. I hope a NYR player levels Lars Eller in game 2

  4. Chris F says:

    I like that Mac is stepping up and showing his offensive prowess. He looks good out there.

  5. Chris F says:

    Losing Brassard is a big loss, and a long term injury would really create a hole in the lineup, but with that said I really like the way Moore has stepped right in and been a difference maker.

    4 goals on Price in game one in Montreal is huge. The Rangers have had strong games in each of the game 1’s throughout all three rounds. That’s important to gain that initial confidence no matter what happens next. If Price puts up a brick wall next game, the Rangers know they can beat him and hopefully they’ve created the necessary groundwork today so that he can’t get in their heads this series.

    Huge performance today!

    • "The Original Rob" says:

      Well said Chris. Also, if they pull this off today, it’s gotta be huuuge for Hanks confidence going forward in that friggin building.

  6. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Wow….this was the best case scenario….Nash off the schneid…Brassard will be back….I guarantee it

  7. Chuck A says:

    Down 3-1 to Pittsburgh, could anyone have envisioned this? Well done, New York Rangers.

  8. Bort says:

    7 goals by 7 different players. Wouldn’t expect anything less of this team.

  9. Snake says:

    I’m surprised and disappointed the Rangers didn’t go into a defensive shell for 40 minutes with a 2-0 lead, or even with a 2-1 lead. AV took a HUGE chance there. Thankfully it paid off. LOL

  10. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Keep the petal to the metal boys….Nash is a streaky scorer….Could it be? Make it happen. I am proud of Nash for coming alive and doing the other things. After that game 4 loss by the Rangers to the Penguins, I seriously was angry with their performance. Today I am proud of them. Now killer instinct time…win the next one too boys.

  11. Chris F says:

    Quiet around here. Everyone out celebrating?

    • Bort says:

      It seems it only starts to pick up after a particularly bad loss, so everyone can talk about how much we suck…

  12. Mikeyyy says:

    Cally who?

    I’ll admit I thought we got the short end of the stick on the mal trade. But with hum still playing and call playing small ball. Its looking better and better.

  13. Mikeyyy says:

    Cally who?

    I’ll admit I thought we got the short end of the stick on the msl trade. But with hum still playing and cally playing small ball. Its looking better and better.

  14. Walt says:

    After the end of the second period, I was hoping we would not score anymore, and save the goals for game two.

    Nice win, and the best part was the crowd got real quiet. Let’s win game two now, I hate this one win, one loss garbage. Also, let’s not get too cocky, don’t forget the 79 series.

  15. joe719 says:

    The level of shock and amazement coming from north of the border regarding the Rangers performance is bordering on demeaning. Its like the comeback against Pit never made it into the papers up there. I know they’re arrogant, and we are lucky to be able to be even watch our boys play the fabled Montreal Canadians, but pleeezze!!!! They got their asses kicked good and plenty; simple!! That’s why tomorrow is so important. Show them that they are not all that and a bag of chips!! This Ranger team cannot fall back on their cushion, once again, and blow an opportunity to go 2 up. Put the hammer down!!!! Have them come to NY staring elimination in the face!!!!!