Rangers, Canadiens Talk About Tonight’s Game As New York Searches For Eight Straight

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To go along with Matt’s pre-game & keys to victory, here are some quotes from various Rangers, including some interesting words from a former Ranger.

Ryan Callahan talking to beat writer Jim Cerny on playing at the Bell Centre…

“They come out with a lot of energy and play really well at home. We can’t look at last year or the year before and gauge our success that way. We just have to go into that barn and know that they come at you hard in the first period, and be ready for it. We don’t think about how we may have struggled a few games up there in the past. We just focus and know that they play well in their building, that’s all.”

Ryan McDonagh discussing with Cerny the Bell Centre’s energy…

I just feed off the energy (at the Bell Centre), it keeps me in the game. Obviously they are not cheering for us, but they understand when there is a good play or a good save or a big hit. They are involved in the game, and it helps keep you going through the game. It keeps you engaged throughout.

Join me after the jump for more quotes. 

Coach John Tortorella, to Pat Leonard of NY Daily News, on his his decision to start Martin Biron…

“It’s his turn,” Tortorella said. “We need to get Marty work also. He’s played very well, and we didn’t want him sitting as long as he would have if we didn’t get him a game.”

Biron’s thoughts to Leonard about getting the start in Montreal…

“It’s always a lot of fun to come to Montreal and play,” said Biron, a jovial personality who was zoned in Saturday morning. “I’ve had a chance to do it a lot in my career, so all of that kind of comes back, but I think every time it’s an Original Six matchup, not only for me but for everybody in the locker room, to be able to play here in Montreal is a great feeling, and it’s a great atmosphere.”

Former Ranger Scott Gomez talking to beat writer Andrew Gross about his play of late…

“My legs are there, it’s a matter of, at some point, putting together some bounces here and there and getting started,” said Gomez, with a little less than his usual humor when talking to the media. “I keep shooting. It is what it is. It’s not a lack of not working. It’s a matter of a bounce going off someone. I’m not going to feel sorry for myself. It’s a big boys league. Maybe I’ll see a witch doctor pretty soon (a flash of Gomez’s usual humor).”

On the rumors Gomez could be sent to the AHL for cap relief for the Canadiens…

“It is a business, if they tell you to go, you go,” Gomez said. “It’s the farthest thing from my mind but the chances are there. They’ve been there since I came back. It’s been that way since Day 1 when I came into the league.”

Finally, P.K. Subban anticipating tonight’s emotional game to Jim Cerny…

“(The Rangers) are an emotional team, and so are we. And this building is filled with emotion and excitement during the games. I think that’s what happens when you have two teams that are as energetic as we are, and compete as hard as we do. We’ve had some great games against them, and it should be a good one tonight.”

For once, P.K., I actually agree with you on something. I do believe tonight’s game will be a good one.


Topics: Martin Biron, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, PK Subban, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Scott Gomez

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