Habs/Rangers' rhetoric rising ahead of game four tonight

The increasingly contentious Eastern Conference final between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers continues tonight in the Big Apple.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien confronted two Rangers assistant coaches yesterday when the pair tried to watch Montreal's practice at Madison Square Garden.

The coaches left not long after the confrontation.

When Canadiens goalie coach Stephane Waite noticed the break in protocol, he told Therrien.

Therrien later told reporters later there was a "gentleman's agreement'' that rival coaches don't attend practices on non-game days.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has fired back at the Canadiens, saying there is no such thing as a gentleman's agreement that coaches not watch the other team practise on off-days.

Vigneault responded Sunday by saying his staff was treated unfairly.

He said there was no agreement in place and he called such deals the exception rather than the rule in hockey.

If they happen, he said it's because the opposing coach or GM calls to ask for it.

Vigneault called the Montreal behaviour regrettable, adding it was lucky the situation did not escalate.

New York president and GM Glen Sather watched the practice from one of the top rows of the lower bowl at Madison Square Garden, seemingly more interested in his phone than what was happening on the ice.

Meantime, Rangers forward Dan Carcillo has asked N-H-L commissioner Gary Bettman to review his 10-game suspension.

Carcillo was banned for manhandling an on-ice official in Game 3 of New York's playoff series with the Habs.

New York leads the series 2-1.


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  1. Lissa posted on 05/25/2014 03:18 PM
    I don't always agree with Don Cherry, but he said the Rangers coaches acted badly. He said in his day, there was a known agreement that coaches don't visit opposing practices on non-game days. Maybe Mr. Vigneault needs to learn about these protocols because it seems to be the first breach we're hearing of - and it's making waves.
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