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PHT Morning Skate: Put up or shut up for Rangers-Habs

May 25, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

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It’s been said that “talk is cheap” but the one thing it does do is help make things a bit more interesting.

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers haven’t been able to help but speak their minds about each other following the Habs’ 3-2 overtime win in Game 3. From the Rangers seeking to make sure more calls aren’t missed, like Brandon Prust‘s late hit on Derek Stepan, to the Canadiens taking umbrage with said gamesmanship the two days off between Games 3 and 4 have served to amp things up.

All the talk ends tonight and the Canadiens have the chance to even-up the series before heading home. The Rangers would like nothing more than to put them on the brink of elimination.

Game 4: New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens [New York leads series 2-1] (8:00 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

With all the talk aside, losing Game 3 had to be frustrating for the Rangers. They controlled the better part of the game and peppered the Montreal net with shots. The key for the Canadiens will be whether or not Dustin Tokarski can rise to the occasion again. His 35 saves in Game 3 helped buoy the Habs and gave them a bit more resolve to push back.

Derick Brassard‘s return to the lineup should give the Rangers a lift. He’s been out since early in Game 1 against Montreal after taking a big hit from Mike Weaver. Brassard will return to his usual spot on a line with Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello and even though Michel Therrien said they know what exactly his injury is, that weird statement of fact shouldn’t slow him down.

Brassard’s return and Stepan likely being out isn’t a great trade-off, but one the Rangers will gladly take at this point in the playoffs.

One thing to watch for Montreal: P.K. Subban. He hasn’t had a great series so far but that doesn’t mean an eruption won’t happen. He’s too good of a player to keep down for long and after being such a big factor against the Boston Bruins, you get the feeling there’s a big game from him coming.

  1. stakex - May 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    To try and pretend that both teams have been talking the same amount over the last two games is a crime against objective journalism.

    • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Because the Rangers’ & Habs’ fans, including you, have been nothing but objective. Is that right?

      • 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Difference being that none of us get paid to write about it.

      • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Thank you, captain obvious. Any thing else you want to share that we don’t know?

      • 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        You’re the one who made this about the fans when stakex was talking about the writer, friend. Fans don’t get paid to attempt relative objectivity. Journalists do.

      • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        “Fans don’t get paid to attempt relative objectivity. Journalists do.” Thank you once again Captain Obvious.

  2. billiam55 - May 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Joe, your article should be called “Shut up or Put up for the Habs”.

    • charlie24zz - May 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      You’re a joke

      • 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Oh, take off your Habs jersey. The Rangers haven’t been playing Therrien’s s–t-talking game and you know it.

  3. 7mantel - May 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Maybe just maybe we can go one day without trashing each other and the players do the talking . Their the ones who are getting paid a lot of $$ to play ! Happy Memorial Day and for those who did the real fighting and paid price to allow us to be free , RIP and thank you !

  4. theskinsman - May 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Go rangers, shut the habs down, even if the linesmen do their very best to help them again.

  5. bleedrangerblue - May 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Geez I thought we hated Potvin and the Islanders. This is great. O Canada where we will whine all day….

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