We have a deal. But that was a close one. “De Blasio time” nearly came back to bite New York’s mayor in a forever-pending bagel wager over the Rangers-Canadiens Eastern Conference finals.
He’s playing at a supreme level, to the point where beating the Rangers has become nearly impossible. And don’t look now — the King is six wins away from being crowned.
Henrik Lundqvist has the surging Rangers two wins away. “I thought we played well, and the only reason we lost was Lundqvist,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said after Monday’s Game 2.
Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals on Monday.
Michel Therrien just took the Eastern Conference finals to a new level of intensity.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without star goaltender Carey Price for the rest of the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers.
The Rangers joined star forward Martin St. Louis at his mother’s funeral outside Montreal on Sunday. Head coach Alain Vigneault’s voice cracked as he described the service.
Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh will continue to serve as a constant reminder of one of the worst trades in Canadiens’ history.
In the end, you don’t want to bet against Lundqvist in a seven-game series. He knows how to come up with his best game when it’s all on the line, and that will lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final.
Montreal will meet New York in the Eastern Conference finals — after splitting their previous 14 matchups in the playoffs — and the winner will have a chance to end a championship drought.
The Rangers will be all business for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The next day will be rough, win or lose.
Price won the gold medal over Lundqvist at the Sochi Olympics. This time, Lundqvist will get the better of Price and lead the Blueshirts to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since that magical year of 1994.
Although the Canadiens have one fewer day to prepare, they will have home-ice advantage. The Rangers were 1-1-1 this season against Montreal, which finished four points ahead of NY.
The Rangers are coming off an important win in Game 3 of their series against the Flyers, but to think everything is just fine and dandy is putting the cart well ahead of the horse. The Blueshirts have work to do.
Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for his fourth shutout this season, and Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored power-play goals late in the second period as the New York Islanders topped the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Thursday night.