Sam Rosen said after game five that discipline is one of the important parts of the Rangers game and it wasn't there in Montreal.
Larry Brooks wrote that in game five the Rangers were "undone" by their own carelessness and lack of discipline. Brad Richards told Brooks that the Rangers can't get away from what they have done all year. (NY Post)
James Duthie was on the Bryan Hayes Show yesterday and said, "the one thing about the Rangers if you watched them through the first two rounds is that they were extremely clinical. They beat Philly because they refused to engage in anything. That series was so sterile it was ridiculous and the Flyers couldn't deal with it. The Penguins was a stirring 3-1 comeback and it really wasn't a lot going on from an emotional standpoint and that is how the Rangers like to play, to stay out of the fray. What has happened the last couple of games, I think since the Stepan hit, they have gotten into the fray. Carcillo with the suspension, then all the penalties in game four and last night, they were just out of sorts. The number one question is if they can get back to what they were doing through most of the playoffs and just play smart, strategic, tactical I hate to say emotionless but just not engage with anything the Habs are doing and if so they will probably take care of business."
Brad Richards said yesterday (via the NHL) that the Rangers lost their composure in all areas of the game last night.
In the past two games the Rangers have been shorthanded 12 times.
In the first three games against Montreal the Rangers were shorthanded nine times and in games 4-7 against Pitt they were shorthanded a total of 12 times.