New York Rangers Failed By Officials In Game Three

It was only a matter of time before the Montreal Canadiens came at the New York Rangers for retribution. Their starting goaltender Carey Price is finished for the series. Hopefully Brandon Prust is finished for the rest of his season as well and the New York Rangers can finish their series in five.

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On his first shift of the game Brandon Prust came out with intent to achieve that retribution. It came at 2:48 of the first period with a high hit to the chest and face of Derek Stepan. The officials either allowed the hit or are just too incompetent to react to it. I personally think it’s the former. I’m sure if they watched the replay (they certainly watched it between periods) in their locker room, any one of them saw the missed call. If not all of them! The entire game was called wrong. Were the officials allowing the Canadiens an advantage to get back in the series? They missed too many calls for it to be coincidental.

The Montreal Canadiens wanted to set a tone in this game after loosing two in a row at the Bell Centre. That we the fans as well as the New York Ranger players knew. The Montreal Canadiens were however, outplayed for most of  game three. Montreal was out shot fourteen to four in the first period and thirteen to nine in the second. The New York Rangers only led one to nothing after owning the first period. Even though Montreal seemed to control the second period. Our New York Rangers controlled the possession game in that frame as well. 2014-05-22: Canadiens 3 at Rangers 2 Game Advanced Stats | Extra Skater. For those of you unfamiliar with a term like “puck possession” the best data we have now to show who’s controlling possession is shot attempts. The theory is if you’re taking shots at the other teams goaltender then your team is “driving puck possession” and that’s the way Alain Vineault wants to the New York Rangers to win games. I suggest you take a look at the link above from They will explain all the team and individual advanced statistics.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way I will move back on to game three. My point of view is that the National Hockey League Players Safety Board and the  games referees failed the New York Rangers. Had a five minute major been called on the hit by Brandon Prust on Derek Stepan, the fight between Derek Dorsett and Brandon Prust never happens! Neither does the play that started that fight and got Derek Dorsett a two-minute minor for boarding. Carcillo doesn’t get ten games for spearing a referee if the referees had only raised their arm and called the proper penalty. I don’t understand how Prust only gets two games for that hit but that’s the nature of the beast I guess.

Now the latest from the Rangers Alain Vineault is that Derek Stepan has had surgery to insert a plate to stabilize his fractured jaw and is unlikely to play in game four. I’m surprised more of these incidents don’t happen in the playoffs. What a trade-off for the Montreal Canadiens, a fourth line player for the New York Rangers top centerman. The good news is that it’s not the kind of injury that’ll keep Derek Stepan out long-term. He may not be eating solid food or taking solid excrement for a while but I’m sure we’ll see him again. That hit by Brandon Prust  could not have happened to a better person. Derek Stepan is a world-class player and a world-class human being. Watch and see who he is! We have all seen the hit a hundred times.

The team will be getting Derek Brassard back for game four. Jesper Fast and JT Miller were on the ice this morning taking part in practice. They will have to step up and fill some big skates in the New York Rangers line-up. The best way for the Rangers to get their retribution is to take a three games to on stranglehold on this series by winning game four. If they lose game four they will have given back to the enemy what they had taken in games one and two. Home ice advantage is big this late in the playoffs. When you have taken it away from the other team. To give it right back would be the worst thing our team could do.

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  • Dov Ivry

    Carcillo got the boarding penalty, not Dorsett. Did the missed call change the outcome of the game? We’ll never know. But you don’t win many games if you only score one goal in 59 minutes. Lundqvist had on off night for him letting in Markov’s shot. And bad bounces happen so you have to score goals.

    • BT Farley

      My bad on the type-O. You’re right I know it’s Carcillo who got the charging call against him.The Rangers had plenty of chances to score. The kid Tokarski stood on his head and did the jig. Most nights MSL has a hat trick with the kind of chances he had in that game. If the Rangers play the way they did in game 4, they’ll win most nights. That game was a bump in the road for them. Montreal knows they can’t skate with us and skating and their PP are supposed to be the two strengths of their team. Well the Rangers are skating circles around them and they’re 0 for on the PP. They’re trying these mind games through the media to get any advantage they can because they know the Rangers have them beat.
      Now the pressure is on the Rangers to win at home. They need this game to keep the home ice advantage we stole from them by taking games 1 & 2. We stole game 2 and they stole game 3. It happens but if we can find a way to win game 4 tonight. Even if we win tonight and they can win game 5 in Montreal. At least we take the 3-1 lead and have three games to cancel them out and keep home ice. Even though we play better on the road, the Rangers want to avoid another 7 game series if they can.
      Hank likely wants the Markov goal back, but he has been as good as he’s been in his entire career in these last 5-6 games. You can’t lay blame on him. The only way they’ve scored is on either own goals or on weird bounces. The Rangers just have to take game 3 in stride and take a lunch pail approach in game 4. Win and take hold of the series tonight.