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Richards: Rangers expect a different Habs team in Game 2

May 18, 2014, 10:44 PM EDT

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Whether it’s Carey Price or Peter Budaj in the Montreal Canadiens’ net in Game 2, Brad Richards told New York Newsday that the New York Rangers anticipate a steeper challenge after Game 1’s 7-2 win.

“We’re going to see a whole different team tomorrow night and we’re expecting a big push from them,” Richards said.

As great as the Rangers looked at times in gaining that lopsided Game 1 victory, it’s probably fair to say that the Rangers were pretty luck at times, too. (Rick Nash finally scoring is a nice example of the bounces going the Blueshirts’ way on Saturday.)

“I think we played a really good game, but we also got lucky with some of the bounces, some of the goals, they just seemed to keep coming,” Dan Girardi said. “We’re obviously very happy with our effort in Game 1, but we’re not dumb. We know it’s not going to happen again. We can’t be satisfied with that.”

From the sound of things, it won’t be difficult for the Rangers to get pumped up against the Canadiens in Montreal on Monday.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - May 18, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Touchdown rangers!

    Signed, bitter…

    • stepanup - May 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      Don’t forget about the extra point!

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - May 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    This “different” Habs team that might show up Monday evening can only do better than the bunch who skated about in Bell Centre on Saturday. Bon chance!

  3. charlie24zz - May 18, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Runnnnnn Lundqvist

    Runnnnnn Lundqvist

    Runnnnnn Lundqvist

    Runnnnnn Lundqvist

    Runnnnnn Lundqvist

    • barkar942 - May 18, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Better not wish too hard- you guys scored a whopping one goal on Cam Talbot- a penalty shot. Perhaps you’d be better off with Hank in net.

      • charlie24zz - May 19, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        And Budaj shut out the Rags earlier in the season…so what’s your point bud?

      • barkar942 - May 19, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        So true. So my point is why would the Habs want to knock out Hank? They have had much better success against him than the backups the last few years. Just like why would Kreider have “intentionally” run Price? The Montreal defensemen took out his skates. Buda has given the Rangers fits, too.

    • stakex - May 19, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Go for it…. the refs have been extremely tight on calling goaltender interference in the playoffs and the Rangers power play eviscerated Montreal in game one. I’d love nothing more than to see the Canadians taking stupid penalties over a play that was the fault of their own defensemen.

  4. charlie24zz - May 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Eye for an eye motherfu****

    • 7mantel - May 19, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      I don’t know what makes you so stupid,but it really works !

    • tlndma - May 19, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      That’s what Lucic was saying.

    • johnstone17 - May 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      You know what they say about an eye for an eye. Eventually everybody is blind. But, I guess for a internet tough guy, that concept might be hard to grasp.

    • theskinsman - May 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      How can an eye for an eye happen when the habs specialty is instigating, then turtling?

  5. blueshirtandganggreen - May 19, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Montreal’s D might want to stop Kreider from blowing past them so that they don’t have to trip him into their goalie. I hope Prusts’s overpaid ass spends the whole game chasing Rangers around for retribution. # whereisGomez?

  6. bleedrangerblue - May 19, 2014 at 3:48 AM

    Here’s a tissue Habs fans…

  7. gomta - May 19, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    You guys are on crack if you think he was tripped. What replay are you watching? Should have been at least a roughing penalty. You can’t just go straight at the goalie then “accidentally” run him over by falling into him. I do appreciate it though. The Habs were flat and needed something to rally around to get going. That’s been taken care of. Habs by four goals tonight.

    • doknyc - May 19, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Montreal by 4… i also have a bridge to sell in brooklyn if you believe that…

    • dschrode2013 - May 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Good call!

  8. deadrabbit79 - May 19, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Tripped? No not tripped. But a slash to the ankles while skating at the speed he was skating sure did the trick. Take a look at the tape again and take your blinders off. Stop the crybaby bs! Im not a habs or rangers fan either.

  9. deadrabbit79 - May 19, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    And if the habs needed something to rally around in the conf finals they are in biiiiiiig trouble! 4 goals hmmmmm. You are gonna be eating major crow on that one

  10. tlndma - May 19, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Why do Canadian fans have to make up some BS to get excited about an opponent? There clearly should have been a call on the Montreal defenseman. (slash or trip) Kreider was not at fault. How could Proust know what Kreider was thinking, he’s never skated that fast, ever.

  11. montrealbbr - May 19, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    I expect a win this time around. No way the Habs lose two in a row at home.

    And I watched the game and the videos and no way was Kreider tripped. Even if he was he could have stopped instead of just plowing into Price like that. It was a dirty play.

    • doknyc - May 19, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      face it, habs were lucky to get this far… ive been to montreal and love the city, and most of its residents, who actually are quite knowledgable about hockey… you sir, mustve moved there from toronto….

      blueshirts in 5, and going home to the garden up 2-0.

  12. rpiotr01 - May 19, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Canadiens fans can apparently get themselves worked up over nothing. The Rangers are easily the least physical team they’ve faced so far, and if they advance to the Finals, the least physical team they will have faced in the entire playoffs. It was a fluke play – yes Krieder went hard to the net but he also had a couple stick blades strike his skates on that particular play. If the D cross checks him or slashes him when he’s speeding towards the net he’s the type of player who isn’t going to help them out by avoiding their goalie. That’s not exactly ground breaking though. Please watch how Chicago and LA play, offensive possessions by either team turn into knife fights in front of the net, that’s how you have to play this deep in the playoffs. I wish the Rangers could play like that but they don’t and it hurts them sometimes.

    I expect a much faster, more engaged Montreal team tonight, and Habs fans should be cheering for that, not crying foul over a perceived slight.

  13. theskinsman - May 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Habs fans have clearly won the whining competition for the entire playoffs, and this after only one game. Well played.

  14. johnstone17 - May 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    If Kreider genuinely wanted to hurt Price, he could have lowered a shoulder & drilled him in the chest going full speed.

  15. bmy0913 - May 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Well, whine as you might, what’s done is done….

    So, new topic. Who want’s to discuss that McDonagh trade all those years ago?

    Wait, too soon? :)

    Lets go blue shirts.

  16. nyyrkj - May 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Moron alert. Moron alert. Holy moly some of you people don’t seem to have vision. If you think Kreider could have stopped or that the Canadiens sticks weren’t knocking him off balance you are very blind. By the way didn’t you people see him trying not to get hurt himself, the post was right in front of him. It seemed like he curled himself into a defensive position to avoid the post. Listen this is not the NBA or NFL, there is no room for ignorant trash talk. This is hockey. We are better than this.

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