OK I am the first to admit that I am not the most diplomatic of people and that has gotten me into trouble in the past since I prefer to speak my mind. It has been a really long time since I have really
disliked hated the other team that the Rangers were facing in the playoffs. You
have to go back to the 1970’s and the Philadelphia Flyers to find a team that
got me angry about the way they played.
Growing up the Montreal Canadiens were a team you respected
and in a way admired for everything about that franchise left you in a bit of
awe. Now the Canadiens were tough if you messed with them but they were not
dirty and like them or not you still respected them. That was then and this is
now as this current roster of Canadiens are a disgrace to this uniform that
Sorry but I can’t respect anyone who has to resort to diving
or slew-footing in order to gain an edge to win. When you get to the final four
teams in the playoffs then it should be the four best teams remaining not the
team that has fooled the refs the best. But that is what this series is sadly
become, how well can the Canadiens get away with the nonsense they have been
When you can get the normally Anti-Ranger NBC announcers to
notice and call players out for diving then you know something is wrong. Not
one game has gone by without someone on the Canadiens either diving or P.K.
Subban trying to slew-foot a Ranger.
It is time to end this series and silence the whiners and
their accusations of Chris Kreider “accidentally on purpose” trying to injure
Carey Price. Especially from a former Ranger who went out and hurt Derek Stepan
in the next game.
It is time to send the team that accuses Ryan McDonagh of
being a “serial slasher” on their way to their summer vacations. The truth is
that McDonagh has been skating circles around the Canadiens while leading the
Rangers in points during this series.
Thursday it has to be the Rangers who come out flying and
attacking the Canadiens blueliners using the Ranger’s advantage in speed up
front against the Canadiens. Thursday the Rangers need to take the puck right
to the net none of these 30-40 foot shots (unless there is a legit screen in
front) and force Tokarski out of his comfort zone.
Make Tokarski play deep inside his net where he doesn’t have
any time to react to the Ranger attack. Tokarski will give up rebounds that way
and the Rangers need to be all over the Canadiens. Stake Henrik Lundqvist to an
early lead and then build on it. Play game 6 as if it is the Rangers who face elimination
as nobody wants to gamble on a Saturday night game 7 in Montreal.
No take the game to the Canadiens but play it smart (hello
Benoit Pouliot) and not take the offensive zone penalties that have hurt the
team. Remember that it is the Canadiens who will be playing as if there is no
more tomorrow for them so expect them to try to goad the Rangers into taking
retaliation penalties. Thursday the best response will be putting a ton of
goals past Tokarski and giving Ranger fans a chance to sing the Canadiens their
way out the door.
Giving John Moore a 2 game suspension for his hit on Dale
Weise shows how lopsided the NHL is when it comes to how they handle
discipline. Yes Moore deserved to be suspended for his hit on Weise but under
the same criteria that the NHL claims to use in determining the suspensions
that Moore was a first time offender who has no history of dirty play says 2
games is about NHL image.
If Dale Weise has a concussion as Montreal is claiming then
whoever allowed to return to play in game 4 should be banned from the sport for
life. There is a reason why the NHL has those dark rooms to determine whether
or not a player has a head injury and that is to protect the players from being
sent out to play with a concussion.
And if Dale Weise is in the Montreal lineup for game 6 then
one will have the right to question whether or not he actually suffered any
kind of concussion. Or was it just another act of Montreal embellishing a
situation to gain an advantage?
In any case then Montreal say hello to another player you
got rid of in Raphael Diaz. You might wish John Moore did play as Diaz has
played well when he has filled in for Moore in the past.
In any event there is only one last thing left to say and
Just Win Boys Just Win