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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.

Recap: Today's NYR-Habs news: Brassard, Miller in, Stepan 'unlikely'

Rangers center Derek Stepan brings the puck up

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Derek Stepan (surgery for broken jaw after hit by Brandon Prust) is “unlikely” to dress for Game 4, according to coach Alain Vigneault. He was in the hospital Saturday afternoon recovering from the operation, AV said. But Ryan McDonagh said the team “was preparing “as if” his former Wisconsin teammate will play. And the Canadiens aren’t positive that Stepan won’t play. “He got up yapping and yelling,...

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Suspensions likely on tap for Prust, Carcillo

Derek Dorsett of the Rangers fights with Brandon

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So, as anticipated, Brandon Prust has a phone hearing today at 4 p.m. for his blindside hit on Derek Stepan that the officials missed during the first period of Game 3.  Prust will get a couple games, I figure.

Dan Carcillo will likely get more. Depending on the severity of his abuse of an official in the fracas that followed the Stepan hit a few minutes later at the Garden, he could...

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Five things to know before Game 3

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 13: Dominic Moore #28

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1. The lineups beyond goalies Henrik Lundqvist and Dustin Tokarski are still a little murky.  For the Rangers, Benoit Pouliot is back, but apparently not injured Derick Brassard, who has played just 35 seconds in this series. Coach Alain Vigneault termed him “day to day” and said in his French-language section of the briefing that the center’s readiness was in doubt. Dom Moore moved up in Game...

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Ryan who? Martin St. Louis merchandise sales soaring

Martin St. Louis reacts against the Pittsburgh Penguins

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Henrik Lundqvist and former captain Ryan Callahan were the Rangers leaders in overall sales of team merchandise during the season, according to Fanatics.com, the largest online retailer of officially-licensed team gear.

But in the playoffs, another Ryan -- Ryan McDonagh -- has moved into the top tier with Lundqvist.

And guess who's climbing fast?

Veteran right wing Martin St. Louis,...

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Game 2 Extra: Quotes, stats as NYR take 2-0 lead in ECF

Rick Nash #61 of the Rangers celebrates with

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Positive signs:

The Rangers are 10-6 in the playoffs, including 6-3 on the road. They are 10-2 all-time when winning the first two games of a seven-game playoff series, and 4-1 when winning the first two games of a seven-game playoff series on the road.

Wonder if Peter Budaj, who has blanked the Rangers twice in two seasons, starts in Game 3.

Some quotes that didn't make it to...

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Martin St. Louis: 'We're a hungry bunch'; G Tokarski in for Habs?

Martin St. Louis of the Rangers skates against

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Peter Budaj? Dustin Tokarski? The Rangers don't seem to care who's in net tonight for the Canadiens..

"You feel terrible for (Carey Price)," Martin St. Louis said. "You know how hard they've worked. But for us we'll focus on how we're trying to play. You try to set the tempo and guide the momentum. We're a hungry bunch right now, we've got to keep pushing regardless of the situation on the...

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'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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