Quick notes: Prust hit, Carcillo ejection

Update 2: Prust got two games. Update: Brandon Prust has a phone hearing at 4pm today regarding this hit. I didn’t cover this in the goal breakdown, mostly because I wanted to discuss it in a separate post, but there were two separate incidents that sparked emotions in the first period of last night’s loss. The first was the hit delivered by…

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Series far from over: Galchenyuk’s face wins it in overtime

Alex Galchenyuk took a puck off the face in overtime to win the game for the Habs, drawing them closer to a series tie with the Rangers. Galchenyuk crashed the net on Tomas Plekanec’s shot, and the ensuing rebound went off his face and into the net for the overtime winner. This came minutes into overtime, just after the Rangers…

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Eastern Conference Finals Game 3: Put the Habs on the brink

For the first time in what seems like forever, the Rangers have a two-game lead in a playoff series, and enter tonight with a chance to put the Habs on sweep watch. The Blueshirts dominated Game One, and Hank stole Game Two. Now the good guys are home for Games Three and Four and a chance to put the series…

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These aren’t your 2012 Rangers

It seems like yesterday that the Rangers were running away with the Atlantic Division, securing home ice advantage throughout the playoffs in the process. This was just two seasons ago, and the Black and Blueshirts built a reputation for making lives difficult on opponents. They had a relentless two-man forecheck. They hit everything that moved. They blocked every shot on…

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Tokarski to start Game Three

Michel Therrien has announced that Dustin Tokarski, who stopped 27 of 30 shots in Game Two, will get the nod in Game Three at MSG. Tokarski allowed a flukey deflection goal, a one-timer PPG goal that he didn’t see, and a questionable (some say weak, some don’t) goal in the 3-1 loss on Monday night. The other options for Montreal…

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It looks like Alain Vigneault did a pretty good job managing Henrik Lundqvist this year

Though much has changed with the New York Rangers over the last 12 months, one thing remains the same: the team goes as Henrik Lundqvist goes.  During the early part of the season when the Blueshirts were regularly getting crushed by Western Conference foes, The King was not himself. And not coincidentally, during the second half of the year when…

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Rangers finally win a Game Two, come home with 2-0 lead

The streak has been snapped. Our long wait is over. The Rangers have finally won a Game Two after winning a Game One. It seems like the last time this happened was in 1927 (was more like 2007 or so), and the “streak” was really no more than sheer coincidence, but hey, they won. And the best part is that…

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Eastern Conference Finals Game Two: Build on the lead

It’s amazing how quickly one game changes the perception of a series. This was supposed to be a low-scoring series and a battle of the goaltenders. Instead, the game ended 7-2 and Carey Price is done for the series. Dustin Tokarski will likely get the start in net, which is a significant downgrade from Price. Although the Habs are without…

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Gross: Brassard not taking line rushes

Per Andrew Gross, injured center Derick Brassard was on the ice for practice, but was not taking line rushes. Dominic Moore resumed his role as third line center with Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello. Brian Boyle was between Dan Carcillo and Derek Dorsett.

Carey Price done for the series

Per the Montreal Canadiens, goaltender Carey Price is done for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals. Price was hurt when Chris Kreider collided with him in the second period of Game One. Price finished the period, but did not play in the third. Price practiced just five minutes yesterday, leading to this announcement today. Peter Budaj or Dustin Tokarski…

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