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Tensions rise again between Rangers, Canadiens

May 27, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT

For a little while, it seemed like things might have cooled off a bit between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers … at least relatively speaking. The two teams at least stopped “8 Mile” battling between Game 4 and 5, but a series of hits and some rough stuff at the end of Tuesday’s Canadiens win might just rev up the distaste once again.

Most obviously, there were some questionable hits, with John Moore‘s check on Dale Weise justifiably grabbing the most attention:

That being said, the two coaches seemed to agree that Moore deserved the match penalty, even if Alain Vigneault threw out the usual “He’s not the type of guy who tries to hurt people” line.

Lars Eller delivered a hit that drew some criticism, even if it was on a much smaller scale:

As much distaste as the Canadiens likely had for the Moore hit, agitating forward Derek Dorsett might actually draw more ire. He got into it with various Habs including Mike Weaver and Rene Bourque late in the game. Dorsett delivered a headbutt on Weaver, as you can see from this GIF via My Regular Face:


To little surprise, Weaver was displeased after the game.

(There’s some allegations about some other poor sportsmanship, but that’s cloudy at best. Either way, Dorsett isn’t likely to receive many Christmas cards from Montreal addresses anytime soon …)

The Rangers made some comments about keeping cool heads in Game 6, but it remains to be seen if they can back that up with more disciplined play. If nothing else, it’s hard to imagine anything except a heated contest at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

  1. shamu1the1whale - May 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Did you guys see that Dorsett did this to a little child before the game started? I just saw this. WTF?

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      A real classless move but NHL fans should be more concerned with that dangerous headbutt. No place for either, more importantly the latter. He should be suspended for the headbutt.

      • dolphincult - May 28, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        bravo. I take offense to the headbutt moreso than the .5 sec late hit on wiese

      • bigblueapple - May 28, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        Watch the headbutt replay carefully and pay attention to Dorsett’s stick. That looks an awful lot like a Lucic style spear right between Weaver’s legs. Pretty volatile stuff.

    • charlie24zz - May 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      That’s awful but hilarious

    • canucks30 - May 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    • rrsm53 - May 29, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      hey shamu go back underwater. The snow shower was no way aimed at the kid it was towards the players coming on the bench, the kid wasnt close enough for it to matter. Have your eyes checked. The classless move was the headbutt!

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Dorsett Headbutt should be a suspension.

    • packerswin96 - May 27, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      For damn sure, but the Rangers are all about class!

  3. packerswin96 - May 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Moore has to get more than Prust as well, same hit, straight shot to head tho.

    • thesportsjudge - May 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Prust has a history, Moore does not.

    • dannyboy1313 - May 28, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      There was no elbowing penalty.

      • hawkeedawg - May 28, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        So it didn’t happen???
        Game Misconduct for hit to head, intent to injure, idiot.

    • brandotho - May 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Is Weise’s jaw broken?

      • habs9 - May 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        its not our Fault Jon Moore’s hits are weaker than Prust’s or maybe its that Stepan’s jaw is made of Glass and he’s simply softer than Weise….either way the key here is HIT TO THE HEAD….smh

    • flyerspsu - May 28, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      but Prust has a history, the hit was even later and the league said it would have only gotten 1 game if Stepan didnt get hurt

      i dont see how Moore could get more than 2

    • rrsm53 - May 29, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      same hit you troll 2 games is what he gets.

  4. shwatson - May 28, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    You can say all you want about the West being a better conference but you just don’t get heated rivalries like this in the west. Habs vs Bruins, Bruins vs Pens, Pens vs Flyers, Flyers vs Rangers, Rangers vs Habs, Habs vs Leafs. Nothing beats playoff hockey.

  5. sabatimus - May 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Both hits deserve suspensions. Dorsett should be fined for that classless snow shower.

  6. bigblueapple - May 28, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Rangers Hockey:

  7. flyerspsu - May 28, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    I really dont think Dorsett meant to snow shower the kid

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 28, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      I’m gonna disagree. I think he came in fast for a reason. Poor sportsmanship but I giggled at it.

  8. enzod91 - May 28, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    the prust hit was worse IMO. moore seemed to target the chest and there was minor contact with the head. prust was just plain headhunting and his history shouldve given him more than 2 games. the new disciplinarian is a joke

    • hockey412 - May 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      Who cares? Both hits were dirty (but for the record, as a completely impartial non-fan of either team, I didn’t think Prust’s hit was ‘more wrong’. I think it was later, but Prust actually looked like he was going for the chest to me (actually think he made initial contact with the chest).

      To me, it’s worse that both Moore and Dorsett were taking these runs at the END of a losing game. That is what I hope the league looks at.

  9. ludacrish05 - May 28, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Montreal is cheating with fake penalties, I’d head bunt them too

    • hockey412 - May 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      It really, really looked like the NYR were the ones diving last night. Especially Zuccarello.

      Not a fan of either team, and it really was an entertaining game. But reading the comments from yesterday, it just seems like the NYR were doing all the things that the Habs were accused of doing yesterday by NYR fans. Dirty hits, diving, you name it.

  10. johnstone17 - May 28, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Moore should get two games. Anyone that thinks he shouldn’t get suspended is kidding themselves.

  11. icrew29 - May 28, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    I don’t know how the NHL is going to stop this head hunting that is getting out of hand. I have one suggestion, make all players take a look at a tape of Ted Greene, Wayne Maki incident back in 1969. It is on utube. Ted Greene was damn near killed and had to have a plate put in his head. This head hunting has to stop before someone gets seriously hurt!

  12. tommydugan39 - May 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Again the game is much faster. I agree the hit was late it’s a contact sport. I did not like the rangers in this game from the start. No support what so ever and scrambling. We can not win as one and we must support each other as we have along the way. I hope we can get it back together again. Just play the game….

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