Recap: Scott Arniel’s comments before the game

Scott ArnielScott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the Rangers and Canadiens:

  • On the emotions of being in Montreal, “it’s the next step, getting through Pitt was an emotional series and we need to reload and start over again. We have a lot of French guys, so it’s important to them and to Alain who used to coach here so we had a lot of story lines. It’s two teams that are similar, good transition, fast, it should be an exciting series.”
  • On making sure the past in MTL isn’t an issue, “I think that playoffs and regular season are different animals and we need to build off of what we did against Philly and Pitt. Everyone needs their A Game. We need to use our quickness and forecheck and get some opportunities.”
  • On puck battles, “we saw with Pitt coming through the neutral zone to try and carry it into our end, they can make skill plays, we don’t want to turn pucks over. MTL is quick, transition team, our ability to get on the forechck has a lot to do with getting through the neutral zone. If we make them back up or turn around and chase pucks it builds into how we want to play.”