May 14, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien watches from the bench during the third period against the Boston Bruins in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien not happy with Rangers watching practice

The New York Rangers let a game slip away from them in Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens and they’ve spent this week getting better prepared to handle the Habs attack this weekend. While the momentum is still witht he Rangers — for now — they can’t afford to let it slip away and are pulling out all the stops to make sure their preparation for Game 4 pays off better than it did earlier this past week.

One of those stops includes taking in Habs practice in New York, something that is frowned upon in hockey but isn’t directly against an specific rule in the handbook. Habs head coach Michel Therrien must have a different handbook because he was not happy about looking up in the stands at practice and seeing members of the Rangers sitting there.

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Andrew Gross from Ranger Rants captured Therrien’s comments and his none too pleased attitude about New York sticking around to watch Habs practice this week.

“There is always a gentleman’s agreement between two teams and the general manager that coaches are not allowed to attend practices between games. Game day is different. So when we saw those
assistant coaches there, they were not supposed to be there, so we let them know.

“It’s respect for coaches that want to make adjustments between games,  and it’s always been like that and that’s the way it is.”

Watching practices does have its advantages but it’s not some mystical key that unlocks an automatic win for whoever violates the unwritten rule. The Rangers may end up losing Game 4 despite taking in Habs practice, but it’s clear that they’ve come this far and aren’t willing to let some silly unwritten rule carve into their preparation for Montreal.

Only time will tell if the Rangers watching practice had any effect, but if the goal was to get inside the Habs’ head, then mission accomplished.

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  • Pridenpoise

    Lame head games from the Rangers, not surprised, their low rent tactics are going to blow up in their faces.

    • Mark M

      Nice prediction…how did that work out last night? The whiny, diving, Habs are done.

  • Ibanez10

    These canaDians have become the whiniest sports children I have seen in my life. Montreal used to be the standard that the rest of the league tried to follow now they are just babies. God I hope the Rangers don’t lose any more games to these turds, they have been crying all during the playoffs.

    • Mark M

      Their fans are no better. They all have 911 on speed dial, waiting for one for their diving poosays to get legitimately rocked. Rocket Richard is spinning like a lathe in his grave watching this dancing troupe wearing the Habs unis.

  • Dave K

    I’m the farthest thing from a Canadiens fan, but I agree. It’s not a “silly unwritten rule” but a longstanding tradition of the game. C’mon Rangers, man up.

  • YoDudes

    Tryin to get inside the Habs heads off the ice, well done Rangers. That doesn’t add in the W column though.