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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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Four of 7, or one game, winner take all? Vigneault: One game

Alain Vigneault reacts after the Rangers scored against

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Very short briefing from Alain Vigneault tonight; here's the quotes:

Looking back, Vigneault said: “If you asked me before the series started---with the firepower they have---if I preferred to play four out of seven or one game, winner-take-all, I would’ve probably taken the one game. And that’s what we have tonight.”         

On the importance...

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Five things to know before Game 7

Rangers' Benoit Pouliot, center, celebrates his goal with

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1. The Penguins stayed in a downtown hotel last night, very unusual. D Paul Martin said it had not happened in his time with the team, although when he was with the Devils, it happened regularly. But it indicates that Dan Bylsma may be concerned and wants to keep team together and focused before the game.

2. Only a handful of Rangers skated and Alain Vigneault won't be speaking until 5 p.m....

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After remarkable theatre, another Game 7

Martin St. Louis reacts against the Pittsburgh Penguins

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Couldn't have been scripted.

The spirit of (Martin) St. Louis carries Rangers into another Game 7. He scores the opener on Mother's Day, the Rangers feed off the passion, play with an edge and frustrate the Pens at a rockin' MSG.

And they are 4-1 in the last five G7s as we noted last night.

And if you haven't seen the post-game, locker room video on nhl.com, when St. Louis speaks...

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Mother's Day tough for Martin St. Louis

Martin St. Louis of the Rangers skates with

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Here's Marty St. Louis, who lost his mom on Thursday, after the AM skate

“This is a day that is special to me, obviously, and to have my dad (Normand) and my sister (Isabelle) here I think it helps the grieving process,” St. Louis said.

“The guys have been great. Everybody’s been so supportive and I’m really thankful for the quality people we have in here and the people that reached...

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