May 2014


Herbal risk viagra The 2014 Eastern Conference Finals is what hockey is all about – an Original Six matchup between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens. Herbal risk viagra It is also a rematch of the 1986 Eastern Conference Finals won by the Canadiens in five games behind rookie goaltender Patrick Roy who turned a so-so regular season into a Conn Smythe Trophy for his playoff heroics.

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• The Rangers have only two wins in their last 12 games in Montreal dating back to February 2008.
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• Things have not been much better for Henrik Lundqvist in Montreal. Herbal risk viagra Rookie netminder Cam Talbot made both starts in Montreal this year because of The King’s less-than-regal 4-5-2 record. Herbal risk viagra Talbot’s 1-0 win on November 16, herbal risk viagra 2013 marked the team’s first win at the Bell Centre since March 17, herbal risk viagra 2009 – which was also Lundqvist’s last win in Montreal.

As you might expect, herbal risk viagra the series will be an emotional one for Martin St. Herbal risk viagra Louis as he returns home to play for the first time since losing his mother. Herbal risk viagra The team pulled together when the tragedy first hit and you can expect them to support their teammate even more now.

Herbal risk viagra On May 12, herbal risk viagra Pierre McGuire spoke with WFAN’s Mike Francesa about how the team has rallied around St. Herbal risk viagra Louis.

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Herbal risk viagra It is also a return for Coach Alain Vigneault as he started his NHL coaching career with Montreal. Herbal risk viagra In 266 games with the Habs (1997/98-2000/01), herbal risk viagra AV compiled a 109-118-35-4 record. Herbal risk viagra His replacement in Montreal was current coach Michel Therrien (in his first stint as the Canadiens coach).

Herbal risk viagra While you can bet Brandon Prust and Dale Weise will be amped to play against their former teammates, herbal risk viagra the Rangers win that battle as former Habs’ first round draft pick Ryan McDonagh squares off against the team that drafted him. Herbal risk viagra If the Rangers manage to win the Stanley Cup they really do owe former Montreal GM Bob Gainey a ring for not only taking Scott Gomez but for giving McDonagh to the Blueshirts.

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Herbal risk viagra The Bruins represented a battle-tested playoff team that has experienced what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. Herbal risk viagra Led by the likes of Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic, herbal risk viagra the Rangers would have been facing an intense physical battle – kind of like what they expected from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Herbal risk viagra While the Canadiens will never be mistaken for Herb Brooks’ smurfs of the 1980s, herbal risk viagra the Habs rely on their skating and finesse to win games. Herbal risk viagra Montreal is a team that has been able to score goals at even strength (2nd only to the Rangers) and on the power play (4th best) in the playoffs – kind of like what they expected from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Herbal risk viagra The one thing the Rangers had going for them in the first two rounds might not be such a big advantage for them in this series. Herbal risk viagra For the first time in the playoffs, herbal risk viagra Lundqvist is not head-and-shoulders the better goaltender. Herbal risk viagra Some might say that Montreal’s Carey Price has that advantage – and based on his play against the Blueshirts – they might be right.

Herbal risk viagra In his last five games against the Rangers, herbal risk viagra Price has posted a 4-1 record and has allowed only two goals in those five games.

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Herbal risk viagra The Rangers special teams must step up their play from the first two rounds. Herbal risk viagra While the power play and penalty kill improved against the Penguins, herbal risk viagra the team can’t get by with the ninth best power play and the 13th best penalty kill.

Herbal risk viagra Discipline is a big part of the Rangers special team improvement. Herbal risk viagra The team’s discipline with the man advantage means taking the good shot and not passing the puck in an attempt for the great shot. Herbal risk viagra It means being disciplined enough to remember to get traffic at the front of the net.

Herbal risk viagra As far as penalty killing goes, herbal risk viagra the best strategy is just to stay out of the penalty box. Herbal risk viagra If you thought you saw some strange calls in the previous two series – you ain’t seen anything yet. Herbal risk viagra Whether it is fan paranoia, herbal risk viagra excuse-making or partial truth, herbal risk viagra the perception is that the Canadian teams (especially those in Montreal and Toronto) tend to get the benefit of the doubt in terms of calls. Herbal risk viagra Not only should we not expect that perception to change, herbal risk viagra we should expect the cynicism to grow as our northern brethren hold their collective breaths in anticipation of Montreal bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Canada.

Herbal risk viagra The second recurring key is that the Rangers best players need to be their best players. Herbal risk viagra At this point, herbal risk viagra the main target of this point is Rick Nash. Herbal risk viagra While he is doing all the little things you need him to do, herbal risk viagra he is not doing the main thing you need him to – score goals. Herbal risk viagra With Montreal being more of a finesse team, herbal risk viagra you would expect/hope that Nash can finally break out offensively.

Herbal risk viagra Looking ahead to this series, herbal risk viagra I see the Rangers possible path to victory coming down to these keys.

Herbal risk viagra 1. The Matchups – It will be interesting to see which line Therrien uses his top defense pairing of P.K. Herbal risk viagra Subban and Josh Gorges against? If he doesn’t use that pairing against Nash-Derek Stepan-Chris Kreider, herbal risk viagra he might use the Andrei Markov and Alexi Emelin pairing. Herbal risk viagra I would guess that AV would want to keep Nash’s line away from the top pair – which will be difficult at the Bell Centre when the Habs have the last change.

Herbal risk viagra 2. Break The Streaks – There are lots of streaks that the Rangers need to break if they want to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Herbal risk viagra First and foremost, herbal risk viagra Lundqvist has to be Le Roi in this series – especially in the Bell Centre. Herbal risk viagra In his last four starts in Montreal, herbal risk viagra Lundqvist is 0-3-1 with a 6.99 GAA and a .862 SV%.

Herbal risk viagra Lundqvist is not the only player who needs to break the Bell Centre jinx. Herbal risk viagra Prior to their 1-0 win in November, herbal risk viagra the Rangers had lost their last eight games in Montreal by a combined 30-7 score.

Herbal risk viagra The time has come for Nash to break out of his playoff scoring slump and show why the Rangers invested so heavily in him. Herbal risk viagra The Habs are not that physical a team (as compared to the Flyers or Bruins) so he should be able to be effective driving to the net.

Herbal risk viagra The most important streak that needs to come to an end is the 0-13 record when the Rangers have a lead in a playoff series. Herbal risk viagra Until the Blueshirts manage to exorcise that stat they are eternally doomed to play seven game series – and no team has ever won the Stanley Cup after playing 28 playoff games.

Herbal risk viagra 3. Strike First – This key has a double connotation to it. Herbal risk viagra As we saw throughout the Second Round, herbal risk viagra the first goal of the game was golden – and it should be no different in this series. Herbal risk viagra With the Bell Centre packing in nearly 22, herbal risk viagra000 screaming rabid Canadiens fans, herbal risk viagra the Rangers would be very wise to score early (and often) and try to keep the crowd out of the game. Herbal risk viagra The more the crowd is in the game, herbal risk viagra the more the Habs will feed off that, herbal risk viagra and the more the officials will feed off that as well. Herbal risk viagra If you don’t think that plays a part in a game in Montreal, herbal risk viagra well, herbal risk viagra then I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.

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