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Therrien praises Rangers for ‘perfect defensive game’

May 29, 2014, 11:41 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers didn’t just eliminate the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6. They bottled them up and dominated large swaths of play.

The Rangers probably deserve credit for not just sitting on their 1-0 lead in the third period. Instead, they drew penalties and created more offense than Montreal.

Even so, there’s no denying that New York’s defensive effort was outstanding. Sure, Henrik Lundqvist stopped every shot he faced, but the Habs only sent 18 his way. It’s no surprise that defensive-minded Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien trumpeted the Rangers’ efforts in their own end.

Alain Vigneault didn’t just fixate on offense. His praise for his own team was broader than just pumping up their defensive prowess.

One might quip that this is “just how the Rangers planned” things by bringing in Vigneault from the Vancouver Canucks. After all, he’s not that far removed from his other Stanley Cup Final appearance.

Vigneault isn’t biting on that, though.

The Rangers are spouting the usual quotes about their journey not being over, yet there’s no denying that they’ve already come a long way. If they play as well in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final as they did in Game 6, the Rangers might just have a shot at matching their heroics from the last time they made it this far.

  1. dubblelznhell - May 30, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Love how Henrietta jumps up and down like a princess getting some cake. I’ll love it even more when he’s throwing his silent tantrums after losing the cup. Him and his big ol’ unsymmetrical eyes. Seriously, his left eye is like 3 times larger than his right….

    • 7mantel - May 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Everyone has one eye bigger than the other ,even you believe it or not ! That’s why they say take it from my good side ! One is farther back also !

    • nyyrkj - May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      I love how you killed your self for being a ignorant moron. Oh wait that’s not til tomorrow.

  2. 950003cups - May 30, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    He should praise how they took out his starting, gold medal winning goalie. Same goalie who out dueled Lundqvist.

    • billiam55 - May 30, 2014 at 1:27 AM


    • ChocolateThunder - May 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Goodbye. Have a nice summer.

  3. 950003cups - May 30, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Therrien should’ve kicked AV in his junk sack for taking out his goalie.

    • 19to77 - May 30, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      You spelled Emelin wrong.

      • justinpecora50 - May 30, 2014 at 2:23 AM

        19 you beat me to the punch….

  4. barkar942 - May 30, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    WOW! The bitter pills must be out in force tonight! I wonder if Narcan helps reverse sports fans bitterness?

  5. papajack1259 - May 30, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    So Lucic had it right let the emotions out

  6. nyyrkj - May 30, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Hey morons. The Canadiens own retarded player took out their OWN goalie. Come to Connecticut and het beat up sore loser

    • hockey412 - May 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Cups is a Devils fan, for what it’s worth. Not sure what his beef is with the Rangers.

      • moarjam - May 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Umm perhaps that he’s a devils fan. We don’t like each other too much!

        He’s probably just trying to sharpen his trolling skills. Getting rusty! His team hasn’t played in 2 months!

      • doknyc - May 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM


        cups issue is simply put…

        why does the hudson river flow sout?
        because new jersey sucks.

  7. hockey412 - May 30, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Gap control was UNBELIEVABLE last night – I couldn’t figure out why it looked like the NYR were twice as fast as every MTL player, until I realized early in the third that they WERE faster than every MTL player. Habs just had nothing else to give. The defense was skating faster backwards than the forwards were forward.

  8. 7mantel - May 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    The NYr’s simply smothered the Habs.

  9. imleftcoast - May 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Good luck with that against LA or Chicago. A better coach would have gone to three lines and won that game. Maybe the Rags win one more game this year. Don’t start planning the parade.

    • nyyrkj - May 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Your f@g coast

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