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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

'Clean' Chris Kreider defends Carey Price play

Chris Kreider of the Rangers celebrates after scoring

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In a serious blow, Montreal's No. 1 goalie Carey Price, who injured his knee when Chris Kreider slid into him on a breakaway in the second period of Game 1, is out for the series, the team said.

It appears veteran Peter Budaj will start Monday in Game 2 here in Montreal. Dustin Tokarksi, 24, who played in three games this season, apparently will back up.

With 27 saves, Budaj, 31, blanked...

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Rangers contingent among mourners at St. Louis family service

Ryan McDonagh #27, Chris Kreider #20, Brad Richards

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In my post-season travels from Philadelphia to New York and back, and Pittsburgh and back home, and through this weekend in Montreal, I've been reading a mystery about art theft in Rome by Iain Pears called "Death and Restoration."

No title could have been more fitting.

For almost two weeks, we have been witnessing a remarkable confluence of the often fairytale world of professional...

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Chris Kreider collision with Carey Price upsets Brandon Prust: 'Accidentally on purpose'

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) crashes into

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Brandon Prust, the former Ranger who received 14 minutes in penalties (a slash, unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute misconduct) in a confrontation with Chris Kreider late in Game 1,  was upset with Kreider’s collision with Carey Price in the second period.

“He didn’t run him, but he didn’t do anything to turn his body,” said Prust. “We call it accidentally on purpose.”

Kreider...

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Habs G Carey Price not practicing with team Sunday

Goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens looks

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Goaltender Carey Price, who was upended by a sliding Chris Kreider at 3:15 of trhe second period in Game 1 and appeared to be favoring his right knee or leg, is not skating at the optional practice today here at the club's training complex in Brossard.

Peter Budaj, who relieved Price after the second period, and Dustin Tokarski skated with almost every other player.. TSN reported that Price...

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#NYR rip Habs in Game 1, 7-2

And the Flying Frenchmen better hope that Carey Price's knee is OK after the Kreider slide (which coach Michel Therrien called accidental, and Kreider said he didn;t try to run him), and/or that he can shake off the four goals.

Budaj is not the answer. If he has to play, the blue, blanc et rouge are in trouble in this series.

In my key matchups the other day, what did ya read?

Lundqvist,...

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NYR, Canadiens ECF Schedule

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

 

Game 1: Saturday, 1 at Montreal.Game 2: Monday, 8 at Montreal.Game 3: Thursday, 8 at MSG.Game 4: Sunday, 8 at MSG.Game 5: Tuesday 5/27, 8 at Montreal.*Game 6: Thursday, 5/29, 8 at MSG.*Game 7: Saturday, 5/31, 8 at Montreal.*

*If necessary...

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AV's latest tactic: Gamesmanship - 'Habs are favorites'

Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty, left, and

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Pump up balloon.

Find pin.

Deflate.

It's a time-honored tactic and sometimes it works. That's the message Alain Vigneault sent through the media on Friday after the Rangers practiced and headed to Montreal for Game 1 on Saturday.

"I know they went into the Boston series saying that they felt Boston didn't respect them. We respect Montreal quite a bit. They're a team that...

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NBC, NHL tried to accomodate Game 1 switch

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 13: Ryan McDonagh #27,

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To clarify something on the Rangers-Montreal Game 1 possible switch issue:

As a former media/business columnist, I understand the logistics of tinkering with one major televised event, let alone two. It’s not just “let’s push it back to 7:30 p.m." There are dozens of moving parts.

I was told by a reliable executive that NBC and the league were examining the possibility of a switch to...

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Entire NYR team will attend funeral of France St. Louis on Sunday

The Rangers' Martin St. Louis celebrates after a

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Between Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Montreal, the Rangers plan to attend the funeral of Martin St. Louis’ mother, France, as a team on Sunday.

France St. Louis, 63, suffered a heart attack last Thursday.

Initially, the funeral was scheduled for Saturday outside Montreal, but because Game 1 is set to begin at 1 p.m., the Rangers asked if the game could be pushed...

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It's Rangers-Habs Starting Sat. : A brief history

Les Habitants, like the Rangers, one of the NHL’s Original Six teams, have faced each other in the playoffs 14 times, dating back to 1930. The teams are 7-7 and the Canadiens are 34-25-2.

In the 1970s, the teams met three times, twice in the quarterfinals (1972 and 1974) when the Rangers captured both series, 4-2.  In 1979, in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Canadiens kayoed the Rangers 4-1.

The...

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