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Montreal has permission to speak with Jeff Gorton

8:10PM: Darren Dreger says that Gorton is being targeted for a “very substantial hockey operations position.”

Pierre LeBrun says that Mellanby resigned after conversations first about becoming GM and then President of Hockey Ops and then being told he wasn’t getting the positions. (LeBrun)

7:40PM: The Montreal Canadiens have been granted permission to speak with former Rangers GM Jeff Gorton. (Friedman)

Elliotte Friedman says that it is not for the Montreal GM job,
“but another role.” (Friedman)

Montreal’s assistant GM Scott Mellanby just resigned and current GM Marc Bergevin is in the final year of his contract.

Chicago and Anaheim both have vacant GM positions.

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Tomorrow against the Islanders has been postponed

3PM: The NHL has announced that the Islanders games against the Rangers tomorrow and Flyers on Tuesday have been postponed.

The Rangers previously had their game against Ottawa last week postponed.

The Islanders have eight players in Covid protocol.

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Artemi Panarin throws his glove at Brad Marchand

10:17PM: Arthur Staple writes in The Athletic that Marchand made “russian-centric comments” toward Panarin.


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Both Panarin and Marchand were given 10-minute misconducts.

Brad Marchand said after the game of the incident, “We were just asking each other how Thanksgiving was, and he didn’t like what I ate.” (Stephenson)

Gerard Gallant

  • Did Marchand say something across the line, “I have no idea. I’m at the other end of the bench, I got no clue.”
  • Were you surprised to see that, “Marchand is a great player in this league, but I have no idea what happened. I just see both of them get tossed out and I’m trying to coach the game to the end.”

Ryan Strome was asked if Marchand crossed the line and said, “Yea, I mean, I just don’t want to comment, I just don’t think it’s my place. I guess we’ll see what happens.” (NYR)

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What Gerard Gallant said after the win over Boston

Gerard Gallant met with the media following the win over Boston and said (NYR):

  • On the start, “the start wasn’t great, the first period wasn’t great obviously. I pay no attention to the shot clock, they are marking shots that aren’t shots and we had a couple of extra. It’s just the feel of the game and we didn’t like our first period, obviously.”
  • On getting better in the game,“It was a huge goal for Stromer at the end of the period there, that was big for our team and after that I thought we played real good hockey, had a little bit of a slow start in the second, but after the first 3-4 shifts I thought we played great the rest of the way.”
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Rangers get three in the third and beat Boston 5-2

First Period:

  • Craig Smith (2) Unassisted
  • Ryan Strome (3) Assists: Dryden Hunt (2), Artemi Panarin (16)

Second Period:

  • Patrice Bergeron (8) Assists: Brad Marchand (14), Matt Grzelcyk (3)
  • Dryden Hunt (2) Assists: Adam Fox (16), Ryan Lindgren (2)

Third Period:

  • Artemi Panarin (5) Assists: Ryan Strome (11), Julien Gauthier (2)
  • Alexis Lafreniere (5) Assists: Adam Fox (17), Julien Gauthier (3)
  • Jacob Trouba (3) Unassisted
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Same lineup against the Bruins

Igor Shesterkin will start against the Bruins and the Rangers will use the same lineup. (NYR)

On this lineup, Gallant said “we’re experimenting, coaches like to experiment and I liked the way we played and we had a good, competitive game the other day. We are just trying different things out and, again, things change everyday in this business and we take it one day at a time. We played that lineup the other day, liked it, liked that we didn’t give up a whole lot, the results were good and we’re gonna go with it again today.” (NYR)