Stanley Cup Playoffs
Lundqvist was stellar in claiming the first two wins of the Eastern Conference finals for the Rangers over the Canadiens on the road. But Montreal exacted a bit of revenge in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.
Tokarski made his playoff debut Monday in place of Carey Price, who is out for the series. He had 27 saves in Game 2 in just his 11th-career NHL appearance, when the Rangers won 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead.
“Is he playing well? Yeah, but we’re doing a good job,” Subban said. “Some of it is luck, as well. He’s getting a little bit lucky, but that’s what you need in the playoffs.”
The Montreal Canadiens will be without star goaltender Carey Price for the rest of the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers.
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.
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.
The Rangers rose to the occasion and beat a more talented opponent. They will sit and wait for Boston or Montreal to emerge as their opponents in the Eastern Conference finals.
The bigger the game, the better Rangers center Derick Brassard plays. Ever since the Rangers fell into a 3-1 series deficit, Brassard has made vital contributions.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been fined $5,000 for emptying his water bottle onto Sidney Crosby while the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain was involved in a scrum in front of the New York net.
Looking overmatched and overwhelmed while falling behind 3-1 to the Penguins four games into the Eastern Conference semis, it’s the Rangers who head to Game 7 on Tuesday night looking like the team ready to move on.
“I always squirt it when I go off the ice,” Lundqvist told reporters. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“When your season is on the line, it’s a given that you’re going to come in with every ounce that you have — mentally and physically — and put it all on the line,” forward Brad Richards said Saturday.
“They’re a good team and I don’t want to take any credit away from how well they’re playing right now,” Vigneault said. “They’re making it real hard on us.”
The Rangers’ offense wasn’t good enough before. One coach and one year later, it still isn’t good enough.