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Get your game notes: Rangers at Canadiens

May 27, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

Francis Bouillon, Derek Dorsett, AP

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Montreal Canadiens hosting the New York Rangers starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

Martin St. Louis scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory in Game 4, and a 3-1 lead in the series. It was the winger’s fourth-career overtime winner, and his first since Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. His four OT winners are tied with 12 other players for fourth in Stanley Cup playoff history; the only players ahead of him are Joe Sakic (8), Maurice Richard (6) and Glenn Anderson (5).

• The Canadiens dug themselves a hole when they lost Games 1 and 2 at Bell Centre, as only one team, the 1944-45 Red Wings, has won a best-of-seven conference final or NHL semifinal series after losing the first two at home (17 tries). That hole got deeper after the Habs only salvaged a split at Madison Square Garden. Only one team, the 1999-2000 Devils, has won a best-of-seven conference final or NHL semifinal series when down three-games-to-one (66 tries). Montreal is 0-6 all-time when down 3-1. (Elias)

• The Stanley Cup playoffs went to four rounds in 1975. With a win tonight, the Rangers will become the first team to win a conference final or NHL semifinal series after going the distance in the first two rounds. (Los Angeles (up 3-1 vs. Chicago, Game 5 on Wednesday) can achieve the same feat in the Western Conference.) Before this season, eight teams played the maximum 14 games in Rounds 1 and 2 (and five others went the distance in shorter first-round series), but all of them lost in their conference final or NHL semifinal series.

• The Rangers lead all teams with 20 first-period goals this postseason and nine wins (9-2 record) when leading after the first period. The Rangers are 9-0 when leading at the second intermission, 2-1 when tied, and 0-6 when trailing. This series, the Rangers have scored first in three of the four games and have allowed the Canadiens to hold a lead for only 2:50 (17 seconds in Game 2 and 2:43 in Game 3).

• Tonight, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist could become the franchise’s all-time leader in career wins, passing Mike Richter (41 wins). Lundqvist, who shares the league lead in wins this postseason (11, Jonathan Quick), and leads outright in GAA (1.98) and save% (.931), has allowed two or fewer goals in a playoffs-high 14 of 18 starts. Quick is second, two or fewer GA in 10 of 18 starts.

• Dustin Tokarski, who made 26 saves in Game 4, will try to become the first Canadiens goaltender with 10 or fewer career regular-season appearances (he has 10) to help his team stave off playoff elimination since 1971. Ken Dryden (6 games) went 4-0 when facing elimination in 1971 in leading the Habs to the Stanley Cup title. The only other Montreal goalie with so little previous regular-season experience was Steve Penney (4 games), who lost Game 6 of the 1984 Eastern Conf. Final vs. N.Y. Islanders. (Elias)

• In Game 4, the Rangers allowed a third-period power-play goal to Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban after 28 consecutive kills over a 25-period span (8+ games). The Blueshirts were shorthanded eight times in Game 4 and committed nine minor penalties. In their previous 68 playoff games (since Game 4 of their 2008 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series vs. New Jersey), they only had that many minor penalties once (9, vs. New Jersey in Game 4 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Final).

• Alain Vigneault is the third Rangers head coach to win 11 or more games in one playoff year. All three won 11+ in their first seasons behind the New York bench. Fred Shero led the 1978-79 Rangers to 11 wins and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final (they lost in five games to Montreal), and Mike Keenan led the 1993-94 Rangers to 16 wins and the franchise’s only Stanley Cup title since 1940.

  1. theskinsman - May 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    The habs gave it their all. But stick a fork in them, no amount of whining, diving, or cheap shots can save this series. I want it to end tonight, so the rangers can celebrate in the habs house.

    • puckthehabs - May 27, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      As well as Tokarski has played, I don’t think he will be able to hold em tonight. Rangers will close it out tonight.

      • joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Is it really about Tokarski? The kid is not the reason for Montreal’s poor play. Montreal’s top o and d players are being outplayed by the Rangers top players. Montreal beat the B’s because their top players outplayed the B’s top players. The Habs are making too many mental mistakes. Aside from Tokarski everyone on the Montreal team needs to be better. They may win tonight out of sheer desperation, but it will be too little too late.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      I want a camera following PK Subban around on when they lose.

      • theskinsman - May 27, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        No doubt he’ll be hot dogging after a meaningless goal, or slew footing a ranger right in front of the linesmen with no call again.

    • mgp1219 - May 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      I hope you are right. The ONLY good thing about montreal being in the ECF is the fact that now even the casual hockey fan and those new to hockey can see why everyone but those douchebags fans in montreal hates them. It amazed me how subban got lifted off of his skates when he was hit in the mouth with a stick in the last game. he must be light as a feather. that team ALWAYS does this type of stuff and the “knowledgeable, classy” montreal fans love it.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    The fat lady will be singing in French tonight. This series was over after everything that happened game 1.

  3. justinhbhb - May 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM


    Honestly, Montreal has been playing slow anyway. Probably because they beat the best team in the league (ie: Boston Bruins). Rangers fans should probably be thankful haha.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Ranger fans should be thankful indeed. Mason was hurt, then they faced Fleury, and finalized with a Price-less Habs team. Luck rolled in their favor.

      • kreidsandslim - May 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        Was Mason not in Game 7? Did Rangers not battle back down 3-1 to the Pens? Has Tokarski cost Montreal a game?

        Or could it be that the Rangers are just the better team these last 3 series that are a best of 7?

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        All those points are easily counterable but all I’m saying is you’re freaking delusional if you think the Rangers didn’t get an amazing dice roll in this years playoffs.

      • arrow43050 - May 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        idont….you mean how luck rolled in their favor when they had to play 5 games in 7 nights and two back to back 3 games in 4 nights? or when their top 2 offensive centers lost games due to injury in the conference finals?

      • theskinsman - May 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Losing Price was a boost- the kid has done far better than Price did.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        No. Price’s game and presence were far more complete and important to Montreal’s overall performance. Regardless of how good Tokarski is playing.

      • theskinsman - May 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        You just keep saying that to yourself as the goal light keeps lighting up behind Price. Sorry, he isn’t exactly on fire, which is what a goalie has to be to advance in the playoffs.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Price’s numbers were respectable with about a 2.15 and a 92% SV before the Game 1 No Show. Especially considering the Habs play a different defensive system. Tokarski’s numbers haven’t been better than that and to say that the Habs are better with Tokarski over Price, only proves that it’s hard to take you seriously. Habs also have to make adjustments for the things that Tokarski cannot do and were a part of the Habs offensive and defensive systems.

        “Losing Price was a boost” … just … wow …

      • theskinsman - May 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Only commenting on Price’s performance prior to this series is senseless. The rangers were scoring in bunches on Price, even if you choose to pretend it didn’t happen. Tokarski is playing his butt off, it’s not his fault from my perspective at all.
        I hope Price starts, because I’m rooting for the rangers.

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

        Even with Price’s performance in game 1, Tokarski stats still don’t come close. A stupid statement like, “losing Price was a boost.” is just that. Zero substance and overflowing with stupidity.

        Despite that fact, you’re still ignorant to see that Price’s role goes beyond his good goaltending and they need to adjust their system for what Tokarski cannot do.

        Come back when you have a point.

      • theskinsman - May 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        If his role is watching the rangers score, Fine. But to ignore that the Habs had to rally around Tokarski shows ignorance. Just like ignoring that the rangers punished Price. Sorry, but your argument is devoid of facts.Again.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 28, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Actually the facts support me just fine. You’re the only idiot here who thinks the Habs are better off without Price.

        That’s a whole new level of dumb. RG3andOut kinda dumb. =-)

      • theskinsman - May 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Maybe if you get someone to help you, you can compare how many goals Price let in,and how many wins he has in THIS series. Your stupidity is only matched by your blindness. Try to keep up a bit, you’re embarrassing yourself again.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Are you really trying to get a sample size from a player that cannot play due to injury? LOL … WOW.

        With the game 1 in account, he’s statistically better than Tokarski.

        Without the game 1 no show from Montreal in account, he’s still better than Tokarski.

        I understand you’re having trouble understanding this stuff but come on now … it’s second grade math.


      • theskinsman - May 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        No, you twit, I’m attempting to get you to actually admit the truth. But, like some habs fans, you’re incapable. So carry on, Tell everyone how Price won the 2 games he started. Tell them he wasn’t over matched. Whine about his ‘injury’. That’s the ticket.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Not a Habs fan.

        You’re the moron that said the team was better off with Tokarski than Price. Not even discussing all the things that Price does for their system that Tokarski cannot do, we’ll go by the numbers.

        It’s not even close.

        You want to throw out Price’s entire body of work to make yourself look like less of a moron, which seems to be a large continuous task in itself. Sorry, numbnuts. That’s not how it works.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        I forgot.

        Over and RG3andOUT!

      • theskinsman - May 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        ole! see ya!!

    • jkay1818 - May 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      thanks for you “honesty”
      “honestly” you’re right, they have definitely slowed it down in the ECF because they beat the best of the best, the boston bruins. I woke up today excited about 8pm and then said thank you Bruins. IM sure any knowledgeable fan feels the same way. If your rhyme and reason is they are slow because they beat Boston, well….that’s just insane.
      The habs beat boston because they weren’t fast enough, Rask was just good and not great and their young D was exposed and made mistakes and Rask didn’t stand on his head enough. Boston did a terrible job shutting down their best player where the rangers have done a great job shutting down guys such as giroux, crosby, malkin for the most part, subban etc. But, IM sure some delusional people will see your point. Also, their AHL goalie has been excellent, this would be long over if it wasn’t for him.

      • 7mantel - May 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Don’t bother to answer them, their living proof man can live without a brain!

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        When either of those 3 teams didn’t have a solid goaltender and/or break out defensemen, it made it virtually impossible to have the transition needed to break through the Rangers 5 goalie setup.

        By the time Mason got into the series, he still wasn’t 100%, the damage was already done.

        The Pens were holding their breath every time a Ranger got a puck on goal. A couple of those games, they were down by a goal or two within the first 10 minutes. Hard to start of games like that and win.

        And Torkarski is not Price. Price was even more important to that team than just his excellent goaltending. As well as Torkarski as played, it’s still a huge handicap not having Price be able to contribute the other variables aside from goaltending.

        Like it or not, the Rangers got the best dice roll in this year’s playoffs.

        Those are just the facts.

        It’ll be a moot point in a couple weeks anyway, either Montreal or NY are gonna get run over by whichever team emerges from the West. LA is getting hot at the right time.

      • jkay1818 - May 27, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        I don’t have the blood, I don’t feel like retyping, but I mentioned the Kings in another comment in response to joeyid on the other ranger article about them closing out the series tonight.

        I don’t get why either team will “run them over”

        also, what has been so fantastic about Price in the postseason throughout his career? Even this postseason. How much better would he have been than tokarski? For the most part you are fine on here, but in every comment you mention “their five goalies” you need to give that a rest already. Their offense has been just as good if not better than anyone this postseason and this isn’t the tortorella lie down and block shots system. As you can see, every team thus far has had issues w their transition and team speed. There have been games where teams have blocked as many shots this postseason against them. Some are bloated too, eg: 7 pp’s the other night, etc. Or subban just firing shots to fire them. they also haven’t faced a breakout Dman? Funny, I thought subban played on MTL or does he not count because the Rangers have kept him in check for the most part. Your 5 goaltender argument is tiring already. In fact the blocked shots have been more of a detriment than anything else. Take a look at the goals allowed by them this postseason and subtract about 60%, that’s how many have gone in off of lundqvist via his own player or a weird carom off a shin guard. If you want to dig deeper, mtl has scored two goals this series with 6 men on the ice.

      • barkar942 - May 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Hey bloodless- did you watch any of the Kings game last night? More blocked shots than fans in the stands! Rangers aren’t the only ones who block shots. They just happen to be really good at it.
        (What was the deal with all of those empty seats at Staples center?)

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Yeah okay. The majority of Henry’s saves are positional with a few exceptions.That defense is amazing at keeping the majority of the shots to the outside, blocking the high percentage ones, and collapsing 3-4 players in front of Henry and in the shooting lanes at all times. They’re leading in blocked shots by a significant margin as well. Henry’s stats are very inflated. Some people don’t watch these games with blinders on, sorry. Tortorella would be proud that Vigneault kept and added to what he already had put into place.

        The reality is, The NY Rangers front 5 defense is their Conn Smythe front runner this year. Credit to Vigneault and his excellent coaching by adding onto what was already in place instead of injecting the system he ran in Vancouver.

        Also, I don’t know what you think you’re talking about … but the Rangers have the worst offense of the last remaining teams. And the only reason why they’re even close to Chicago in Goals per Game is that epic Game 1 no show by Montreal.

        Keep on keepin on’.

      • nebbah306 - May 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Oh “idonthavethebloodyoucrave,” while the Rangers do in fact have the lowest goals scored per game in the playoffs, they have the best goals allowed per game in the playoffs. What wins championships? Defense right?

        Also, Rangers were 1-1 against the Kings this year, allowing 2 goals in total, and were 2-0 against the Blackhawks, allowing 3 goals in total. Rangers have been resilient all year, and have been road warriors. I think they have the scoring depth, defensive mind-set, and world class goaltending to have a good shot against either team in the West. The Rangers should be the underdogs against either team, but it wouldnt be shocking to see them take the series to 6-7 and anything can happen in a long series!

      • bstar28 - May 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        No this guy is correct. We are very lucky to be playing the Canadiens because they are terrible. How did such an awful team much the ECF?

        As far as the blocked shots things, he is also correct. Rangers are leading the playoffs in blocked shots, in fact they are number one in total blocked shots right ahead of the Canadiens. Oh but what’s that, the Rangers have played 18 games, while the Canadiens have only played 15. So what does that mean? Let’s see, the Rangers are averaging about 17.4 blocks per game, while the Canadiens are averaging 18.9.

        The Canadiens are actually blocking the most shots per game out of the four teams still left in the playoffs…

      • bstar28 - May 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        *reach the ECF,(not much) I’m a horrible typer..

  4. rutledge3197 - May 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Dear blood boy….. You must be a whinny flyers fan or something ….. Chicago or LA are not the 87 Edmonton Oilers…. My guess is your knowledge is extremely limited

  5. doknyc - May 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    itll be a great day tomorrow when we have no habs fans whining here… just like we stopped hearing from pens fans last week… or the philly fans before that…

    rangers close it out tonite, and then sit back and watch the west duke it out…

  6. shiplore - May 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    As a bruins fan, I have to give the Ranger’s fans major props. I would have lost my mind with the ridiculous calls against the Rangers. Every time the Rangers have held a lead there’s been a string of PPs heading MTL’s way. The Ranger PK has been super. 3 or 4 penalties in a row including OT and they still pull out Game 5?

  7. bleedrangerblue - May 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Please eliminate these Hab/Canucks. Now I know why Boston cheap shots the hell out of them. Annoying Whiney cry baby of a team.

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