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Richards: ‘This is far from over’

May 26, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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The New York Rangers are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994.

After Martin St. Louis‘ overtime goal gave them a 3-2 victory in Game 4, the Rangers seized a 3-1 series lead.

While the excitement of being that close to booking a trip to the Final is certainly there, Rangers alternate captain Brad Richards knows the job isn’t done yet as Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants shared.

“This is far from over,” Richards said. “I remember sitting in here down 3-1 against Pittsburgh. They will feel bad tonight, but tomorrow they will wake up in front of their home crowd and once that game starts, 3-1, you throw that out the window and it is back in the battle again.

“We have to realize the longer it goes the more life and more belief they get, so it’s going to be a very important start to the next game.”

That last line fits in well with what St. Louis told NBCSN’s Pierre McGuire after the game saying the Rangers had to “finish it” in Game 5.

The last thing the Rangers want to do is give the Canadiens any inspiration the same way the Penguins did for them in the previous round. New York came back from being down 3-1 to the Penguins buoyed by Henrik Lundqvist‘s stellar play in goal.

If Montreal is going to turn the tables on New York the same way, it’ll be on Dustin Tokarski to make it happen.

  1. rutledge3197 - May 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Foot on the throat….. End this

  2. c1md6 - May 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Depends on what referees show up. Not one to complain about officiating but this site was brough to my attention and it’s really interesting, it’s called,, I left the link below and you won’t believe what you’ll read, here’s a a little insight. Rangers have not scored a goal against Montreal in a Jackson officiated game since before the lockout (January 17, 2004 – a 2-2 tie… when you could still have a tie. Rangers goals came from Holik and Kovalev.
    Rangers have not won a game against Montreal with Jackson refereeing dating back to 1999. (Possibly longer — our stats don’t go back any further) and he’s from Montreal, Quebec.
    Some more insight.. Dave Jackson is a Montreal native and was a huge fan of the Habs growing up. These playoffs he officiated 3 games involving Montreal this lost season:
    Game 2 vs Bos : Montreal got 6 PPs but the Bruins managed a stunning 4-goal 3rd period to steal the game
    Game 7 vs Bos : Mtl got 5 PPs, including one late in the game when Boston was pushing hard and where Mtl scored to ice it
    Game 4 vs NYR : 8 PPs for Mtl but the Rangers managed to win in OT
    Now that’s more than 6 PPs a game on average when Jackson is the referee in a Montreal game. Seems fishy huh.

    • sticks169 - May 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Great work. Too bad the league can’t see this and shut him down. The game last night(actually every game) was ridiculous with the absurd amount of overlooked embellishment calls, and even the mugging of the Rangers in front of the Montreal net. That referee needs to be excused from any further action that includes the Habs.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Oh stop. Last night’s game specifically, the Rangers were begging to be called for the majority of those penalties. The five or six of those penalties they committed in their offensive zone were so blatantly comical, and ridiculous that they would have been called by any referee. The Rangers were completely undisciplined last night and it’s good for them that they had a solid penalty kill.

        I was streaming the radio broadcast of ESPN NY, along with watching the game, and even the Rangers color commentary homer on there couldn’t defend those penalties. That’s how blatantly terrible they were.

        The Rangers penalty killing saved their bums last night.

      • moarjam - May 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        The problem wasn’t that the calls against the rangers weren’t legit but its that the Habs were doing the same stuff and not getting called.

        Also…I HATE the calls where you call one guy for something and then the other guy for embellishment but honestly I couldn’t think of a better time to call that than on Subban on the high stick. It was hysterical but also ridiculous that he didn’t get called. He gest hit in the visor, not that hard, and violently whips his head and leaves his feet like he’s just been shot and then cowards on the ice. I mean great sell job I guess but the dramatics….you gotta call him. This isn’t soccer.

    • johnmr12 - May 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      The one thing all championship teams have in common is they never mention officiating whether they win or lose. The reason is pretty simple. Championship teams kill the penalties against them and then focus on what’s in front of them. Teams that want to be champions so bad but don’t have the mental makeup to accomplish it will complain during the penalty, after the penalty, and after the game. Deep down they know they need all the help they can get.

  3. cameltoews - May 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Finish him

    • c1md6 - May 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Hahahahaha amazing name, literally laughed out loud when I read that!

  4. johnstone17 - May 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    A lot of work to be done yet for the Rangers.

  5. stunzeed5 - May 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Far from over: FRANK STALLONE

  6. papajack1259 - May 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Flopping like fish on the deck of a tuna boat those Habs have it down

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