The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens will wrap up their Eastern Conference Finals match up this week, as soon as Tuesday, or as late as Saturday, with the team’s scheduled to play four games (if necessary) in seven nights to close out the series. The winner will find themselves playing for a chance to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup against either the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Rangers currently hold a 2-1 edge in the series, and in reality it could be 3-0 if not for the heroics of a young netminder whose name I didn’t even know until he made his first appearance in game two of this series. The Rangers have outplayed the Habs in all three games but were unable to solve Dustin Tokarski often enough in game three at home to all but put this series on ice.
The Rangers may have lost more than just a game in game three as well, they may have lost two forwards in Daniel Carcillo, who suspended 10 games by the NHL for an incident involving an official, and Derek Stepan whose jaw was broken on a hit by Brandon Prust; Prust was suspended 2 games for the incident.
For Ranger fans game three was a frustrating situation, but for the casual observer it makes for fantastic drama going forward. I’m rooting for fantastic drama.
If the Rangers can figure out Tokarski and take game four at home tonight, they will have 3 chances to close out the series this week; Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, and game seven would be played in Montreal on Saturday night (all games are scheduled for 8pm).