While the New York Rangers gathered to support Marty St.
Louis and his family as they held funeral services for France St. Louis, the
Montreal Canadiens were whining about Chris Kreider’s collision with Carey
Price in game.
The complaining mainly came from former Ranger Brandon Prust
and Montreal coach Michel Therrien didn’t accuse Kreider of being a dirty
player but Prust called the collision “accidently on purpose.” Of course this
leads to the hockey media in Canada to look at all of the collisions that
Kreider has ever had with any goalie.
Guess when you lose 7-2 on your home ice then you need to
look for someone to blame to deflect that your team played a really weak game.
To borrow from the Rangers, score was 2-0 and Kreider was trying to make 3-0
not hurt Price.
Why yes Montreal Kreider would rather give the Montreal
Canadiens a reason for them and their fans to rally around rather than make it
a 3-0 game. I have lost count of how many players have run players into their
own goalie but nobody remembers those plays now do they?
Memo to Prust don’t worry as it is almost a given that Derek
Dorsett will fight you in game two. If not Dorsett then perhaps if Derek Brassard
doesn’t play then Dan Carcillo will.
In the meantime the Rangers badly need to rid themselves of
that 13 game “monkey on their back” losing streak when playing with a series
lead. If I am Alain Vigneault then I show the team the tape of each goal from
Show them to remind them that it is much easier to score
when you are attacking the net. Take the puck to the net because it also forces
Montreal to skate 200 feet to try to score for themselves.
The better the attack, the better the forecheck then the
better you keep Montreal’s PK Subban from attacking himself. Score early and
take the Montreal fans out of the game.
The Rangers need to establish the up tempo for this game and render Montreal’s
3rd and 4th lines as unusable. Force the Canadiens into a
foot race as that is not their game.
I so like Alain Vigneault’s comments about expecting Carey
Price to play in game 2 as it renders any attempt by Montreal to play guessing
games about which goalie will play useless.
Cross your fingers and hope that Rick Nash has gotten that
monkey off his back and will start scoring goals. I will keep saying this and
that is Montreal does not have any kind of answer to stop Rick Nash from
scoring if Nash is attacking the net.
I have this feeling that Marty St. Louis is going to have a
monster game on Monday given the way he has responded so far to the passing of
his mother. I think St. Louis is going to “Mark Messier” the Rangers in game 2.
All Ranger fans can do is bring out your lucky charms and
hope by the end of game two that the Rangers will have a 2-0 series lead.