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Vigneault: Rangers respect Habs, consider them favorites

May 16, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

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Teams often like to be considered the underdogs, so perhaps it was a matter of gamesmanship on Rangers coach Alain Vigneault’s part, but he gave a glowing review of the Montreal Canadiens ahead of the Eastern Conference Final.

“I know they went into the Boston series saying that they felt Boston didn’t respect them. We respect Montreal quite a bit,” Vigneault told the Bergen Record. “They’re not only a very strong team, but they’re a team that has beaten the No. 1 team in the NHL right now, a team went to the Stanley Cup Finals last year, a team that beat the New York Rangers in five games last year.

“So, we know that we’ve got our hands full.”

Vigneault thought the Canadiens were the underdogs against Tampa Bay and Boston, but he feels they’re the favorites versus New York. He noted that the pressure that comes with that role might do “funny things” to them.

He’s also been reviewing footage of Montreal’s playoff games thus far and hasn’t found anything that the Rangers can exploit. When that statement was shared with Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, he started to laugh.

“That’s a media game,” Therrien said, per NHL.com’s Аrpon Basu.

Game 1 will be played in Montreal on Saturday (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC).

  1. billiam55 - May 16, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    both teams play a similar style. both have great goalies. let the games begin. and btw, lets go rangers :)

    • superross - May 16, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      I gave you a thumbs up because I agreed with 3/4 of what you wrote. The part you got wrong? You should have said: Go Habs Go!!!! LOL

  2. maalea - May 16, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    He also told his team no squirting water bottles, pounding chests or flexing biceps.

    • 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Also a dozen roses were sent to PK to show him some love!

  3. xdj511 - May 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    I love the cover photo. AV with a microphone. I’ll be here all week. Try the veal. Be sure to tip your waitress.

  4. 950003cups - May 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Another coach trying to play the underdog role?

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - May 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    This will be the 7th time the Habs and Rangers have met since Expansion 67. They are 3-3 in those meetings. The 3 times the Habs won, they won the Cup.

    • brandotho - May 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      1979 still stings……

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