Being a Mets fan, I have to deal with the arrogance and sense of entitlement from Yankees fans on a daily basis. The history, the championships and the payroll. But that is nothing compared to what I’ve dealt with the last week from Canadiens fans.
The whining combined with the surprising lack of knowledge of the game sprinkled in with an unapologetic and grossly distorted bias of their own team is enough for me to actually sympathize with Bruins fans.
From thinking Chris Kreider actually tried to run Carey Price while on a breakaway after getting his leg slashed out from him to then having no problem with Brandon Prust’s blindsided late hit to the jaw of Derek Stepan because “an eye for an eye,” their conduct this series has been deplorable. And, man, they have no shame overtly expressing their prejudice…
I love all the Rags fans bitching about the Prust hit, but the Kreider hit was ok?? Go Habs Go!!!
— Matt C (@mofunky77) May 24, 2014
— Patrick Walsh (@iampatrickwalsh) May 24, 2014
Hypocrisy of Rangers fans is amusing. Whining about Prust’s hit to Stepan, yet they say it’s hockey when Kreider intentionally injured Price — LeslieinFortLee (@DisgustedNYer) May 24, 2014
Now that Tokarski has his A-Game on, he better keep an eye on Kreider who easily loses his footing when skating fast towards opposing goalie
— Brian B. (@Longlivehabs085) May 23, 2014
But, hey, they’re fans so that’s the kind of response you’d expect. At least the Canadien players and coaches are more responsible in their words…
Daniel Briere says he hasn’t seen a defenceman slash as much as Ryan McDonagh since Chris Pronger. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 24, 2014
Briere on Stepan injury: “It seems a little fishy to me. It seems like a game.” — James Mirtle (@mirtle) May 24, 2014
Desharnais on Prust-Stepan: “I thought it was a good hit. You never want to injure somebody, but it set the tone for the game. ” — Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) May 23, 2014
Prust said the Canadiens refer to Kreider’s collision with Price as “accidentally on purpose” #NYR
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) May 18, 2014
Seriously? Talk about a lack of class. I guess we know where Montreal fans take their cues from.
Even when Prust brings some civility to the situation, by apologizing to Stepan for the injury, he again lowers the bar by taking an unprovoked dig at Rangers fans (via New York Post)…
“They’re not my fans anymore. I’m in Montreal now. Those are my fans. That’s who I care about.”
Just reading all those quotes from the Canadien players is enough for me to lose my cool and I’m just a fan, I can’t imagine the anger level the Rangers are dealing with at this point.
Which I think is the Canadiens game plan here. It seems as if they saw the Rangers lose their focus after the Prust hit on Stepan and feel it’s something they can exploit.
I’m assuming they’ve already come to the conclusion that they can’t skate with the Rangers after the first three games, so I guess they’ve decided to attempt to gain a mental advantage.
Yesterday, the Rangers began pushing back against Montreal’s ridiculous claims in the media by playing some mind games of their own after going against the unwritten rule of not attending non-game day practices…
My advice, however, would be for the Rangers not to get caught up in Montreal’s child’s play. The best strategy is to block out all the Canadiens’ noise and rise above it.
The Rangers did a masterful job against the Flyers of playing whistle to whistle and eliminating the emotion of the rivalry. Montreal is purposefully attempting to turn this series into a power keg and if the Rangers allow it to explode I don’t think they advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.