Liveblog: Rangers beat Devils 3-0, take series lead

Henrik

For 40 minutes, New Jersey dominated on home ice.
But the great Henrik Lundqvist kept the Rangers in the game.
Then the visitors got a power-play goal from Dan Giradi early in the third period and an insurance goal by Chris Kreider, his fifth of the playoffs.
The Rangers rookie redirected a point shot by Ryan McDonagh, who played another excellent game.
With Martin Brodeur on the bench, Ryan Callahan scored to make it 3-0.
The Devils squandered five power-play opportunities.
And King Henryk stopped TWO Ilya Kovalchuk breakaways.

Shots were 36-22 in favour of New Jersey.

Lundqvist racked up his third shutout of the playoffs.

McDonagh played 28 minutes, Girardi 27:23.

One step closer to Gary Bettman’s dream Stanley Cup final.

Bill Beacon on Michaël Bournival

127 Comments

  1. Boomer says:

    Just caught the highlights of shawinigan vs london, looks like bournival got an elbow after a goal and some guys off the knights bench were punching a player on the ice, what the heck happened lol

  2. Lafleurguy says:

    The LA Kings GM who drafted both Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick in 2005 was Dave Taylor, he of Triple Crown Fame (loose reference to current hottie I’ll Have Another). If the Kings win it all, some credit should be given to the former GM, somewhat comparable to Dale Tallon’s contribution to the assembling of the 2010 Blackhawks.

    Between Marc Bergevin and Larry Carriere, there is wealth of experience and if the braintrust will be expanded to include Rick Dudley, that’s about as strong a core group as there is with due respect to Brian Burke and Mike Nonis which really is Brian Burke and Brian Burke.

    The calls for recruiting the Big Bird to be an assistant coach is a great idea and the rain dance ceremony is underway to help make this happen. Jacques Laperriere was underappreciated as an assistant coach just like he was as a player. He had a cannonating shot (God bless you and RIP Danny Gallivan), and was a premier shut-down defenceman before that phrase was invented.

    I have the same two cents to contribute in believing where there is smoke, there is fire. Bob Hartley has the inside track (although I’ll Have Another won the Preakness from the outside!).

    Good Mornin’ Everyone.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  3. JUST ME says:

    Very strange ticker yesterday on Sportsnet . One after the other the headlines showed all 5 players from the Flyers scheduled to go under surgery. It probably explains a few things..

    But just don`t even think about hiding behind that fact. I have been told so many times that it is part of the game and that even though the Habs missed an average of 5 regulars per game last season i have no reason to complain. O.K. fair game then and anyway i tend to think that it would`n`t have made the difference cause when everything goes wrong…

  4. kempie says:

    A little OT here, but did anybody see the SNL season finale tonight? Holy crap. Mick Jagger was the host and the musical guest and just happened to bring his friends Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters and Jeff Beck. I’m not easy to impress but that ****ing rocked.

  5. habs001 says:

    Change of pace… Canada 2014 olympic draw announced today not bad..

    Canada,Finland,Norway and qualifier team…other groups Russia,USA,slovakia and qualifier and Czech,Sweden,Swiss and qualifier…

  6. commandant says:

    For those watching the World Championships, I wrote a quick story on how both teams in the final have dedicated this tournament to the memory of those who perished in the Lokomotiv tragedy.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/05/19/russia-vs-slovakia-gold-medal-finalists-have-added-inspiration/

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    • habstrinifan says:

      Properly staid piece of writing reminding us of the tragedy and adding to the hockey fan’s interest in the game.

      Good reporting and good on both teams.

  7. habstrinifan says:

    Hey so coooooooooooooooooooool! Canadian horse has chance for Triple Crown. That’s a huge deal. Would be Canada’s athlete of the year by a furlong or two.

  8. commandant says:

    Tinordi finishes a +3. I can’t remember one good scoring chance for Saint John with Tinordi on the ice. He just totally shut everything down, especially playing most of his shifts against the Huberdeau – Coyle line. Very impressive.

    Beaulieu finishes with one assist, and was even for the game. (on ice for five goals 1 PPG for, 2 SHG for, 2 ES goals against). I don’t think Beaulieu was really the cause of any of those goals though, good or bad.

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  9. Boomer says:

    Tampa Bay got a a good prospect in Namestikov, i think they drafted him in the late 1st round too, 22nd or something.

  10. habstrinifan says:

    First time I have sat down and really watched Tinordi every second of at least 2 and half periods.

    He looks awesome. Calm and cool. Long reach and doesnt get beat one on one, primarily because of his reach. And he pivots onto the man better than you would expect based on reports re his skating ability.

    I find he plays the game like Mike Van Ryn who was a former NJ 1st rnd pick around the same position as Tinordi in the draft. Mark Van Ryn spent most of his short career with Florida.

    I think the HABS need to give him a real good chance to make the team on the following basis.

    HABS first acquire one stay at home guy like Sheldon Brookbank relatively cheaply.

    Then give Tinordi (I am assuming he shows well in camp) a fairly quiet introductory year in the NHL where he plays approx 10 mins or so and slowly takes on the second stay at home defenseman role.

    So you have Gorges;Subban;Markov;Brookbank;Emelin… as the top 5.
    Then you have Tinordi getting a failry regular 10 to 1 2mins for 1st half of the season… and more as he progresses.

    You round out the defense with Kaberle and Diaz or whomever… I dont care.

    That way you have a big Brookbank and a big Tinordi in our back end..and failry physical Subban and Emelin… and then reliable Gorges and (hopefully) the vetrean Markov as the General.

    With that scenario you can spend the big bucks up front for scoring and maybe 1 more grit forward.

    Beaulieu can go to Hamilton and become a star…. he is way behind Tinordi right now in his ‘relative’ development…again understanding that his type of defense is more complex. He has lots of developing to do. Dont let hs skating fool us…he aint no where near ready..maybe 3 yrs minimum.

    While this game is on my mind what about the following observation.

    I would love Robinson on our bench to coach the defense. But if we cant get him… what about Rob Ramage. He knew ow to play defense and even as a palyer had a coaches eye for the game.

    So no. 1 Robinson… no 2…Ramage for defensive coach.

    • Boomer says:

      he’s better off playing top minutes in the Ahl and being brought up every now and then to the big show. 10 minutes isn’t gonna help his development.
      As far as comparing Beaulieu and Tinordi its tough cause Tinordi is a stay at home and Beaulieu is more of a puck moving offensive minded Dman.
      IMO they should both be eased into the nhl, but i guess we’ll see how they do in camp and preseason.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I understand your point of view. And conservatively speaking it certainly seems more likely.

        But when you consider his size, and what habs needs (all their needs) and their current roster and the dollars etc etc… I think I may take the chance. Momesso is on habs-analyst/watcher who also thinks this way.

        • Boomer says:

          No doubt he brings a lot to the table, but i’m a bit more cautious with D men cause they take longer to develope. One thing is for sure, he’s gonna help Price down the line for sure!

    • habsfanforever7631 says:

      Cool, I just cant wate to see Tinordi on the Habs blue line, shutting down the other teams top players and, hopefully droppin them with Lucic and showin him who’s boss!

      • habstrinifan says:

        Dont really want to see him fight early in the year LOL. But learn to use his size. And in my scenario you save some money, fill your defensive need, go get a big-buck points guy and one son-of-a-b to help guys like Staubitz etc and keep things cool until Tinordi learns his craft and gains confidence to take on Chara. LOL!

        • habsfanforever7631 says:

          I think Tinordi should play top minutes down in the AHL, then it would be Subban Gorges Emilen Markov Diaz and the shut down dmen, I also like how ST-Denis played, maybe keep him as a 7th guy?
          If there is injuries then Tinordi could come up.
          But I see what your saying, just save the money and get a forward.
          If he plays good in preeseason then the Habs should keep him on the team.
          It’s gona be an interesting few season for the Habs!

    • jols101 says:

      I like eveything you said, except I don’t know enough about Brookbank to say I would want him on the Habs. I was hoping the Habs would sign Carl from Philly or Wideman from the Caps. They need to sign a guy who can play top 5 minutes, joining Markov, Subban, Gorges and Emelin. Not sure Brookbank qualifies but like I said I don’t know much about him…

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      “he [Nathan Beaulieu] is way behind Tinordi right now in his ‘relative’ development”

      Very few players in the NHL skate as well as Beaulieu does right now. The Canadiens might leave him in Hamilton for a season they way they did Subban, but he’ll be good enough to play in the NHL next season. Nathan Beaulieu is the “hockey-smarter” version of Ed Jovanovski (quote me!). Not the old Jovanovski either, the one who got traded for Pavel Bure. With, or without the puck he’s always got his head on a swivel looking for the next play. In junior he looks like he toys with guys to get them to take the path He wants them to when he’s skating backwards against a rush, and he hangs out a the other blue line longer than most players because he knows he can get back in time. In the NHL that there are some guys he can’t out skate, and a lot of guys he can, so it might take him a little while to figure out whom is whom, and what exactly the limits to his abilities are, but I don’t expect it to take very long before he’s the Canadiens’ best player. He’s not just fast either, he’s the smoothest guy on the ice. As for shooting and passing, it’s pretty obvious what he can do. He’s mean too.

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      - Sean Bonjovi

      • habstrinifan says:

        ” He’s not just fast either, he’s the smoothest guy on the ice.” Absolutely agree but in my humble opinion he’s got a ways to go in other ares required for defenseman…. just a simple fan’s observation here..no expert.

  11. JIMVINNY says:

    Huberdeau is a moron.

    • Captain aHab says:

      If you’ve heard interviews with him he makes P.J. Stock sound like Albert Einstein.

      —————-
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      • JIMVINNY says:

        Really? After all the fawning over him that has been going on around here, I thought he’d be a little more exciting. But with the penalties he took, and if he’s dumb as you say, I don’t ever want to see him in a habs Jersey. Besides, Tinordi shut him down all night.

    • habstrinifan says:

      There has been talk of trading our 1st round pick for Huberdeau…

      Please MB.. pass on any ideas re this move. Huberdeau is more hype than real.

  12. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Missed the game, how was the game? How did Beaulieu/Tinordi play?

  13. smiler2729 says:

    Yawn… didn’t watch… don’t care… WTF, why does Bettman insist on afternoon games on a CANADIAN long weekend???

    Just give L.A. the Cup and let’s get to the draft!

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  14. commandant says:

    Tinordi another +1…. +3 on the night.

    Beaulieu again not on the ice.

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  15. ont fan says:

    I’ll Have Another wins the Preakness, has a chance for the Triple Crown, the owner is from Windsor and not a peep from you guys. What’s with that?

  16. commandant says:

    +1 for Tinordi on that one. (+2 for the game)

    Beaulieu not on the ice.

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  17. JIMVINNY says:

    That ref went ballistic. Considering he was behind the net and didn’t even have a clear view of the slash, that was a pretty emphatic call.

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    Mark Hunter has not aged well.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  19. commandant says:

    Another -1 for Beaulieu.

    looked to me like he was covering Griffith though and the forward had to be on Namstnikov.

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  20. JIMVINNY says:

    Don’t get to see much of Tinordi, but I like what I’m seeing so far. He’s very confident with the puck, and doesn’t seem to ever get flustered. Granted, he’s playing against boys, but it bodes well for a couple years down the road.

  21. commandant says:

    Tinordi +1, Beaulieu -1 on that goal, though neither were really directly involved in it.

    Domi beat Roussel in getting to the net.

    Beaulieu is even for the game as he was a +1 on the shorthanded goal earlier.

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  22. Boomer says:

    Beautiful goal by tie domi’s kid! hard to believe thats his kid lol

  23. Boomer says:

    everytime i watch Tinordi play i have to remind myself he isn’t playing against dwarfs…

  24. Strummer says:

    Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in dramatic fashion today in the Champions League final.
    It was settled by penalty kicks. The Bayern goalie even took one of the penalty kicks- and he scored!

    How was the Rangers-Devils game?

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  25. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    So i guess Markov, Martain, Cammaleri, Plekanac, Randy C., Gill, Gomez are all racist because they all had issues with P.K. attitude.. Lizzard King u are pathetic.

    • Captain aHab says:

      Subban is a young guy who has a lot of confidence in himself and that will definitely rile up vets. But if they trade him because of that, then shoot me.

      —————-
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    • commandant says:

      Woah, woah, woah, wait just a second…. There are a number of players you named there, and not all of them had issues with PK’s attitude.

      Gill’s issue with “PK’s attitude” was him joking with PK in the dressing room. Gill took PK out to dinner with his wife and daughters the same night, so the guy didn’t have an issue with his attitude, in fact he likes him.

      Markov’s issue was that he refused to answer a question about PK on the day he was cleaning out his locker. This was reported as though he had an issue with PK. Then a ton of other reports, including Dave Stubbs, came forward and said Markov has no issue with PK, it was one of many questions he refused to answer, and it just looked like Markov was in a surly mood. To only report his no answer on the PK question and none of the others was B/S reporting.

      Cammy, Gomez, and Subban trained together in the offseason the last two summers… I’m sure those two have real issues with him.

      Plekanec and DD had little pushing matches with PK in practice, something that happens at least 5 or 6 times a year with every team in the NHL. It just doesn’t get reported in Anaheim, because they don’t have reporters and fans watching their practices.

      Before you call these all issues with PK’s attitude and name him a cancer, maybe you should check into them first.

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  26. Captain aHab says:

    That didn’t take long….

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  27. commandant says:

    Huberdeau clearly didn’t learn his lesson after being suspended for two games in the Q final. That was a stupid hit.

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  28. commandant says:

    Tinordi vs Beaulieu is on Sportsnet, TVASports, and NHLnetwork (US-Only) for those who want to see this game.

    This should be good.

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  29. Cal says:

    50 posts- wow. Way to go, NBC.

  30. aj says:

    Is there any way to make Marc Bergevin talk? Maybe we could help the media so we won’t be sitting ducks here waiting the announcement on who’s the next coach of the Habs. I like some input here…..

  31. Boomer says:

    I missed the cats playing the knights last night… anyone see our boys bournival, tinordi and ellis play? how did they look? there’s another game tonight, i’ve been browsing my satellite but can’t find it :(
    maybe there’s a stream online

    • jols101 says:

      Cats played the Oil Kings last night. Bournival and Ellis both looked good in a lossing effort. Bournival showed some big league speed and Ellis got a PP assist on the Cats first goal and made good first passes and skated well. Ellis got some major props from the Sportsnet Crew between the 2nd and 3rd periods….

  32. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Where exactly do you see race in this?

  33. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    If I was Marc Bergevein I would:

    1- Hire Alain Vigneault (assuming he gets let go in Van.)

    2. Draft the best available forward at the #3 draft position. Then try to aquire the 4 pick and select M. Dumba ( pleki trade).

    3. Send Markov to Detroit for prospect or draft pick & then attempt to aquire a Suter as a free agent. If suter falls through then Parise.

    ( i would also dangle PK to see what you could get for him. He will continue to be a cancer on this team if he isn’t moved. If they get the Big Bird as Defence coach then keep PK. Larry would fix his attitude

    • Lizardking89 says:

      1 He’s not leaving Van

      2. Not going to happen Pleky won’t fetch us a first round pick that high.

      3. Again you’re putting too much value on our players bum knee Markov wouldn’t get us that much

      So you want to trade our best defenseman, one of our best centers and the the jury is still out on gimpy Markov. Subban is not a cancer in the dressing room that’s pure speculation on your part. I bet if he was white no one would have to “fix his attitude” Glad you’re not the GM

      • naweed235 says:

        While I don’t agree with everything bleu said, if you look at the previous season and all the fights during practices you would find subban involved. Also, if you have watched interviews with important team members i.e DD, Markov, Pleks and even JM you can see that no one has PK’s back as far as his attitude goes. Thus I don’t think you can call it “pure speculation” at this point. Plus bringing his race into this just shows how simpleminded you might be!

        • Lizardking89 says:

          Maybe he does have attitude but that’s what I like about him. To trade him would be a HUGE mistake. He’s young and he’s cocky but that’s what I like about him. Those fights are just his competitive nature and he was one of the few that gave full effort all year long.

          As far as me being ignorant, it pisses me of to no end when people say someone even mildly bigoted because you rarely see someone say that about a young white player.

    • Boomer says:

      *IF* we trade pleks it should be for a 1st rounder in next years draft, which is looking pretty damn fine… hello edmonton? hi! want one of the best pk forwards in the league that’ll fetch ya 60 points aswell?

      bang! done!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCmNYP1k12w

      • boing007 says:

        And who’s going to replace Plekanec? Forget it, who needs a two way center. Besides, they are so plentiful around the league. Right?

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • aj says:

      Here’s the best answer: all 1, 2, and 3 are NOT going to happen. Period.

  34. commandant says:

    Pierre McGuire: Henrik what was said during the time out in the second period?
    Lundqvist: I don’t know, I was in net.

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  35. habstrinifan says:

    OH OH! Hope Gomez is working real hard on his bounce back. Cause you know who just scored big goal.

  36. Sir.Plekers says:

    sorry but the rangers are way to boring to watch.I am going golfing.Hopefully we can see a nice LA vs NJ finall :)

    SIR PLEKERS

  37. habstrinifan says:

    Boone hasnt mentioned Henrique… no Henrique… no balanced NJ threat.

  38. jedimyrmidon says:

    Not sure what game the refs are watching… Looks like they have their blinders firmly in place.

  39. twilighthours says:

    What’s it going to take for nyr to get a penalty?

  40. PrimeTime says:

    Boone sitting in his basement on a beautiful Sat afternoon blogging a hockey game that few people will be watching. Bad Karma? Call in sick Mike! Nobody cares except Hab fan critis who just love to get their “this sucks” hit going. Oh ya, that is what the game blog is for….enjoy your confines!

    • habstrinifan says:

      Au Contraire… or something like that. Thank you Mike for the blog. Cant follow minute by minute (bad game time) but love popping in to read the blog. Back tot the Garden chores.

  41. frontenac1 says:

    May 24 weekend!! Hockey on at 1:00pm? NOT!Damn Yankees.At least won’t have to flip back and forth with Memorial Cup .Knights vs Seadogs(Tinordi vs Beaulieu)should be fun!

  42. Ian Cobb says:

    The Yanks do have control of our game now! Starting times are crazy! This is the first game I am going to miss.
    Fish fry at the lake and plenty of friends, family, and sunshine. I’ll watch the Memorial Cup tonight, fantastic game tonight between the St John N.B. and London.

    Any news of possible coaches yet!

  43. JF says:

    A lot of important sporting events happening today – Champions League Final, NHL semifinal, World Championship semifinals, Memorial Cup, tennis semifinals (Rome)….

  44. punkster says:

    Just a comment on these start times. Sure, lots of good reasons why the NHL forced afternoon conference final games this weekend; NBC, holiday weekend, yada yada yada…

    Not much sympathy from existing hockey fans though. Just st00pid for the league to force its core North American fan base into PVR mode.

    However, for those of you overseas… enjoy!!!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Clay says:

      Thanks…but it’s worse here for time – it’s a 1 am start here. I don’t feel like staying up until 4 am (give or take), so I’m going to bed instead. I’ll download the game in the morning…

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      • punkster says:

        Well then, proves my point. The league doesn’t give squat about its core fan base.

        I’m off to the golf course and I’ll watch the recording on FF tonight, when its dark, when REAL hockey is played.

        There…rant done…have a great weekend Clay :)

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • joeybarrie says:

      Holiday weekend in Canada. Not the USA.
      Nothing to compete with on TV for day games on the weekend. People do stuff at night here when they dont really care about hockey.

  45. FanCritic says:

    Samsonov – it’s too bad. He had some good years with Boston. But went down hill from there. Maybe it was the big dollars that did it. sometimes that happens. He could have been one of the elite.

    • Mark C says:

      Craig Button is growing increasingly restless waiting for Mark Jankowski to appear…Anyway, thanks for doing these and posting them on HIO, always a good read.

      • commandant says:

        Mark Jankowski is an honourable mention in my list and will be the last profile posted.

        Unfortunately due to the league he played in, and the fact he didn’t play in any of the big international tournaments, none of the guys who are contributing to these articles have had the opportunity to personally watch the kid play.

        So we didn’t rank him, and decided he will get an honourable mention at the end… with some quotes (with credit) from other people who have seen the kid.

        As I said in the Nieves article, sometimes its hard to see someone who is playing in a more obscure league. But at least with Nieves, we could see him in the Hlinka, and at the end of the year in the USHL.

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        • Mark C says:

          Completely understandable, that noted, Jankowski is the type of player (Nieves, would be another) I hope Trevor Timmins takes a shot at. I’m hoping for one or two homerun type selections in the second and third round.

      • HabFab says:

        Mark, I’m not too sure about these. That Ben fellow seems to be very opinionated with his “last word” indeed! ;)

  46. boing007 says:

    I suggest that you take your laptop and paraphenalia outside to do your blogging. The weather’s too good for you to be hunkered down in a basement. To hell with NBC!

    Richard R
    Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • Mike Boone says:

      Sadly (or happily, most of the time), my TV screen is too big to drag out to my deck. Nice idea, though.

      Mike Boone
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      • boing007 says:

        Forgot about that. Must weigh a couple of hundred pounds. Too bad you couldn’t rent the Starship Enterprise for the day. Of course, you might get a lot of alien visitors dropping by to check out the big screen and surround sound. Don’t sue me, Jerry.

        Richard R
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  47. Les Habitants says:

    I was just on the Canadiens website reading about how Rene Bourque wants to have a bounce back year this upcoming season with the Habs. We all know Scottys already in training for next years “Bounce back”. So I have an idea, I hear Sergei Samsonov wants a chance to “Bounce back” from his short stay in Montreal, how about the Habs sign Sergei back and put him on a line with Gomer and Bourque (Samsonov-Gomez-Bourque) and call it the rubber band line, or to emphasize Gomers caphit vs. production the rubberbantits. What do you guys think?


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