Tuesday, September 26

All bets are off in Game 7

RALEIGH — Gerard Gallant has repeatedly said he’s not big on pregame speeches.

The New York Rangers’ head coach anticipates that his locker-room address prior to Game 7 on Memorial Day in Carolina “might be 25 seconds” – and he’s not expecting any of his players to make much of a fuss, either.

“I hope not,” Gallant said. “I’m sure (Jacob) Trouba and (Chris) Kreider might say a few little things, but I don’t think they’re going to go over the top. That’s not what we need. We just need to play our game and play it fast. That’s what we try and talk to our players about – playing our game and doing the best thing. You get guys 20 guys pulling the rope the same way and you play well, you move on.”

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