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PHT Morning Skate: Rick Nash has reason to smile more

May 20, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT

Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Rick Nash, AP

There aren’t any games scheduled for tonight, so today’s morning skate will feature stories from around the league:

Rangers forward Rick Nash is naturally in better spirits after scoring in back-to-back contests. (The Bergen Record)

Meanwhile, the mood is dreary in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are evidence that some measure of sustained success is possible, even in the salary cap era. (Chicago Tribune)

Assuming for a second that Mike Babcock doesn’t sign an extension with Detroit and consequently decides to move on after the 2014-15 campaign, would he be the answer in Pittsburgh? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The OHL Guelph Storm beat the QMJHL’s Val-d’Or Foreurs on Monday to secure a spot in the Memorial Cup Final. (

The Royal Half eulogized the departed Anaheim Ducks. (Puck Daddy)

Here are the highlights from the Rangers’ 3-1 win over Montreal last night:

  1. 7mantel - May 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    NYR’s looking dangerous !

    • joey4id - May 20, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      You bet! I hate the fact that this series will be shorter than expected, but unless Price is healthy and back in the line up next (which wouldn’t surprise after 4 or 5 days off) game, Les Habitants are fini.

  2. danglesnipcelly - May 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Other than about 10 minutes yesterday this had been the best the rangers have played all season. Vigneault ‘s system of using all 4 lines like the bruins did when they won the cup has shown that the rangers really do have potential to be Stanley cup champions. Have been a die hard rangers fan since I came out of the womb in 94′ and have never had enough support then I have for this rangers team today. If the king keeps standing on his head and all 4 lines can produce there is no doubt in my mind that the rangers have an excellent shot at bringing home the cup for the first time since 94’ let’s go rangers!

  3. doknyc - May 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    this team reminds me of 94… richter was a god that postseason as well… and of course mark (the messiah) messier delivered on his guarantee…

    as omuch of a high that we are on right now… we need two more wins to play fo rthe holy grail, and montreal will not go quietly into that good night/ teetime… we must finish the job at hand, and get ready for game three…

  4. billiam55 - May 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    lundqvist wants the cup

  5. chip56 - May 20, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    I just hope that the Rangers play with the same edge at home that they’ve played with these last few road games (starting with Game 7).

    I can see how they would be a frustrating team to play against. Guys like Boyle, Girardi, Hagelin and some others have retained enough of the “Black & Blueshirts” mentality of Torts to get in the way of shots and play responsible D and even when the D breaks down there’s the Great Wall of Sweden in goal, but now with AV calling the shots after they withstand a flurry in their own zone it’s instant offense the other way.

    Montreal had a ton of quality chances in the first period and left down 2-1 – that has to get in their heads.

  6. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Ok, I was wrong about Nash. He’s played well the last two games.

  7. sgs32 - May 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Mike Babcock would be the answer in most places looking for one in my opinion, still think he resigns with Detroit

  8. banger60 - May 21, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Nash is finally earning his paycheck, GO RANGERS

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