Once again, it's (finally) game day. The Rangers have a chance to put a complete strangle-hold on their Eastern Conference series Thursday night as the play shifts to New York, and the Blueshirts already ahead 2-0. Put plainly, a 3-0 edge would be quite the mountain for Montreal to overcome. Here are your morning notes.
Derick Brassard participated in a full practice on Wednesday, and looks to be a go for Game 3, while Michel Therrien eliminated any doubt by announcing Dustin Tokarski will be back in goal for Montreal. [Blueshirt Banter] [Ranger Rants] [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [Newsday]
Call Chris Kreider whatever you want; a villain, a speedster, or even inexperienced. But let's officially also start calling him a difference maker. [Blueshirt Banter]
While he doesn't draw as much attention, Derek Dorsett has been a driving force for the Rangers. [Daily News]
Rick Nash, one of the more polarizing players among fans and media in the Rangers' locker room, has been just fine in these playoffs, and beyond. [The Globe and Mail]
Against the team that once drafted him, Ryan McDonagh is finding his stride. [NY Post]