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  • NEW YORK, N.Y. - It was advantage Rangers on Saturday in the off-ice gamesmanship that is running parallel to the Eastern Conference final between New York and Montreal.There has been no shortage of Kevin Pierre-Louis Jersey storylines in this series, which has already featured one surgery and two suspensions in three games. And with two days off between Games 3 and 4, the old adage that idle hands are the devil's workshop was proved true at Madison Square Garden when two New York a sistant coaches showed up to watch Montreal practise.The intrusion seemed squarely aimed at getting under Montreal's skin.When Canadiens goalie coach Stephane Waite noticed the break in protocol, he told head coach Michel Therrien. As the players stretched, Therrien moved down the rink and had words with Rangers a sistant Ulf Samuel son. Observers said Doug Baldwin Jersey the exchange was somewhat prickly.Samuel son, no stranger to antagonizing rivals during his playing days, and fellow a sistant coach Dan Lacroix left soon after.Therrien told reporters later there was a "gentleman's agreement" that Bradley McDougald Jersey rival coaches don't attend practices on non-game days. The idea is to allow coaches to make changes or test out new strategies in private."When we saw those a sistant coaches there, they were not supposed to be there, so we let them know," Therrien said pithily.New York president and GM Glen Kam Chancellor Jersey 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.Game 4 is Sunday night. The Rangers lead the series two games to one.While coaches seemed hot and bothered over the presence of the Rangers coaches, Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban was oblivious.