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Rangers don’t want Game 6 to devolve into a ‘Gong Show’

May 28, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

The New York Rangers didn’t take eight penalties in Game 5 like they did in Game 4, but it’s difficult to argue that they were more disciplined this time around. Dan Girardi and Brad Richards ranked among those who acknowledged as much after Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Most importantly, they maintained how important it is to avoid making the same mistakes as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden for Game 6 on Thursday.

Indeed, it was a pretty wild game tonight. Henrik Lundqvist was pulled, John Moore delivered a hit that could generate a suspension (to say nothing of Derek Dorsett‘s headbutt) and defense generally seemed optional. Hockey’s a game of passion, but failing to walk the line between intensity and buffoonery can cost a team a game (if not a series).

Before Game 5, Alain Vigneault worried that the Rangers would put themselves “behind the eight-ball.” His fears seemed to come true tonight, so the question is whether New York can get back on track before this series goes off the rails altogether.

  1. dubblelznhell - May 28, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Dorsett is a dirty b**ch

    • billiam55 - May 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      ur moms name is dorsett?

  2. blomfeld - May 28, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    GO HABS GO !!! :)

    • blomfeld - May 28, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      and about 40 years later …

  3. matt14gg - May 28, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    All hockey “fans” should be cheering with all they have for the Rangers tomorrow night. If somehow the Habs get through playing this gutless, cheap shot, embellishing, diving style then it is only going to get worse. This is the worst thing that can happen to this great game. It’s good to see the Habs exposed to the rest of the league for the crap they’ve been pulling for years. It’s a disgusting style of hockey and it needs to be stopped.

    • joey4id - May 28, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      True about the embellishing, but you’re being a bit of a drama queen with the rest. Carcillo roughing up the ref, Kreider accidentally on purpose taking a run at Price, Dorsett head butting Weaver, Moore shot to the head of Weise,

      Kreider has played 80 or so games in the NHL and has run into 14 goalies.

      Montreal is hardly the poster team for cheap shots.

      • billiam55 - May 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        yet dorsett only did that one game. all these cheap things the rangers did were one game. they dont usually play that way. last night they were frustrated. montreal however plays cheap and dirty every freaking game. they embellish almost every night.

      • joey4id - May 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        And there you go again. “montreal however plays cheap and dirty every freaking game” dramatize much.

        You don’t think Kreider’s trip (accidentally on purpose) at the outset of the game was dirty, and stupid to put his team on the PK at the start of the game.

        I agree that there is too much embellishment. More than most teams, but to say they play cheap and dirty every game is a stretch. I think your hate for Montreal is impairing your judgement. Plekanec got called for embellishment, and the video is there for everyone to see. He got what he deserved. It’s not like he is the only player who embellishes.

    • hockey412 - May 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      It really looked to me like the NYR were the ones playing that gutless, cheap shot, embellishing, diving style last night. Zuccarello was hardly on his feet the entire game.

      Not a fan of either team (actually, a fan of both teams is closer to the truth), and happy for both cities. But it really seems like the NYR were playing the exact style you are describing.

  4. papajack1259 - May 28, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    If the refs put the whistle away the Canadians are toast they require power plays to score and create momentum There is no doubt that they are coached in the importance of that aspect of their game. They are a very lucky team in many ways especially this post season. Their late season acquisitions Vanek etc have made a big impact. I have said it and will say it again we will be talking about the refs regardless of the whiner tomorrow. To the refs – just drop the puck!

  5. bills4 - May 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Kreisler has run into 14 goalies???? How do you come up with that stat? Again, you marvel us with your hockey IQ!

    If anyone has watched the entire playoffs, you’d have seen how Montreal has made embellishment an art. There is no excuse for what Dorsett and Moore did but it was all out of frustration. Embellishing a highstick that never even hit you is just pathetic! It’s not an emotional reaction, it’s a cunning, slimy, Montreal trait!!

    A message for the Rangers…. I know how annoying Montreal is, believe me, I along with most other Canadians also despise them, but you can’t play into their trap. If the Rangers bury their heads and outwork the Scabs, this series is done!!!

    F_ck Montreal!!

  6. boisehockeyref - May 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    joey4id….this comment is for you. I want you to read and understand. This is coming from someone that has been a referee for the last 17 years, and 25 total. No…not at NHL level, but I bet I understand the rules and game management better than most…

    Here it is once and for all…When it comes to the Kreider/Price issue, he was tagged from behind. there was NO WAY that was “on purpose”. Oh, and also as a goalie, we know when someone is coming in “on purpose” or it’s a hockey play.

    Montreal has been great at media spin, mind you. Therrien was quick to say it was a “hockey play” BEFORE he knew Price was injured…then it was a “dirty play”.

    Embellishment has been part of Montreal’s play book longer than you or I have been alive, and I am 46! lol… Referee Brad Watson had balls enough to bring it out in the open, and I applaud him! TP looked so surprised….what an idiot.

    My guess is that John Moore will get probably 2 games…even though the head was not the primary target, AND the hit was nearly a half second less than Prust’s hit. But let’s not forget Rene Bourque was hit with a major + game misconduct after the game for the high stick on Dorsett…That could be suspendable, or subject to a fine, along with Dorsett’s head butt (which I missed but am assuming it happened). And TP’s embellishment should be subject to a fine… That was pathetic.

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