Pierre McGuire was on TSN 1200 this morning and said the following about the Rangers and Senators:
- "Ottawa was my dark horse back in January and I'm sticking with it. Ottawa is really good and I think they are going to cause problems for the Rangers and I saw some of the comments from Guy Boucher about being the underdog and how the Rangers are going to trample us. I don't believe I ever said that and I know people in the league never said that so Guy is doing a really good job rallying the fanbase and his team to create this us against the world mentality. It's going to be interesting and I can't wait to get in and do games 3 and 4 in New York."
- "I was watching the game on tape from Ottawa and I'm going, hmm, this is pretty good, they are dominating the New York Rangers. Lundqvist is standing on his head but the biggest thing is that Guy has done a masterful job of getting his players to buy in to what he is selling and it's working for them. I was howling this morning when I heard the comments."
- On the winning goal and Henrik, "Hank will bounce back fine, that is the key to his season. He is an amazing bounce back player, that won't be an issue for him or the Rangers. As soon as I saw the goal it reminded me of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final Game 1, Mario was standing on the icing line and shot it from where Karlsson was and it went off of Ed Belfour and into the net."
- On what to expect from the Rangers, "the one thing the fans would be making and the Senators would be making would be to underestimate the Rangers. There is a lot of core leadership there, a lot of players left who went to the Stanley Cup Final when they lost to LA. The biggest thing is to prepare for more physicality, when they did that with Montreal they really responded. I would expect you would see much more physicality from them, that is why it's real important for the Rangers to get a two goal lead and get them to open up. If Ottawa continues to play that neutral zone style that they are so good and some adept at, it's going to be a problem for the Rangers because they won't be able to get their tempo going and that will take some of the hitting out of the game, that is the one thing that I would look for, whether the Rangers can get their tempo game going by establishing a lead early on."
- On Henrik Lundqvist, "he is a man possessed. I know Ranger fans don't always agree but I haven't seen him play this well since 2005-06. In 2005 he won the Swedish Championship in the NHL lockout season. He was great then and then in 2006 he goes to Torino and helps Sweden win a Gold in the Olympics. I haven't seen him play this consistently well since those years and he has had some really good, phenomenal NHL years. He's a man possessed but technically, he's much more aggressive and challenging and not sitting back on the goal line and is making himself look big."