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Summer Starts Early For The Montreal Canadiens

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

The Captain didn’t score.

The All-World goaltender didn’t steal any games.

And – let’s be honest here, peeps – the better team won the series.

It’s going to be a looooooooooooooong summer for Montreal hockey fans.

And, at the risk of getting way ahead of ourselves here, it could be a long 2017-’18 season.

Will it be Carey Price’s last in Montreal?

The goaltender’s contract has one more season. Next summer, Price is a UFA.

The Stanley Cup is the only championship Price hasn’t won.

Is his best shot at glory in bleu-blanc-rouge?

As we say in Quebec, pas évident.


Game highlights of the Rangers 3-1 win over the Canadiens and the handshake line are below...

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Local Or National TV Coverage?

from Neil Best of Newsday,

Rangers fans would watch their team in the playoffs no matter what channel it was on, but clearly they prefer their familiar local announcers, Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti, when given the choice.

Through five games of the Rangers’ first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Canadiens, about 79 percent of the total audience in the New York area — 2.34 percent of homes — opted to watch on MSG or MSG-Plus.

Only 0.64 percent of homes watched on NBCSN.

NBC had exclusive coverage of Game 6 on Saturday night, making it the only game of the series that would not be seen on MSG Network.

This is the first time that coverage of games on NBC’s cable channels is allowed to be shown in the home markets of the teams involved — other than Pittsburgh and Boston — rather than being blacked out.


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The Montreal Canadiens Now Face Elimination After Losing In OT To The New York Rangers

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The best way to describe the mood in the Canadiens’ dressing room after Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers was delusional.

There were the usual clichés about how the game could have gone either way in overtime, but there was only one predictable outcome from the way the Canadiens played from the start of the third period until Mika Zibanejad redirected a shot from Chris Kreider for the winning goal.  

“There were opportunities to close out the game and (Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist) made some good saves and they got a bounce on that goal,” captain Max Pacioretty said. “But nothing we can do about it now. We have an opportunity now to show what we have in this room. We’ve come back a lot this year and hopefully we can do it in this series as well.

“It could have gone either way, it really could have,” added Pacioretty.

No, it couldn’t....

The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead after the first period, but coach Claude Julien said the seeds of destruction were sown in the second period.

“In the second half of that period, we spent less time (in the Rangers’ zone) and when we got the puck in there, it came right back out,” Julien said. “We spent more time chasing and defending than we did controlling the puck and that can be tiring. They got some energy in the second half and they brought it into the overtime like we did a few games ago.”...

“In order to get through this, we’re going to need more from a lot of guys,” said Julien. “It’s time for certain players to elevate their games and have that confidence and desire to be better. There’s no doubt when you lose games and you’re behind 3-2, you can’t be satisfied as a team and you know there are certain players who can give a little bit more.”


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The New York Rangers Adjust, The Montreal Canadiens Fail To Match

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

...puck management was referenced a great deal after New York’s 2-1 defeat of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series; the teams are now knotted at two victories each in the best-of-seven, and Game 5 is set for Thursday night in Montreal.

The formulation was used by both Habs coach Claude Julien (short version: my team was bad at it) and by his good friend and rival Vigneault (condensed version: we were pretty good).

Essentially, the Habs were undone by their propensity to give the puck to the other guys, particularly in the second period.

But more generally, the crisp, tight, quick defensive play that Montreal used to claw back a Ranger lead in Game 2 and which allowed them to roll to a 3-1 win in Game 3 simply evaporated.

This was not entirely their fault.

“Sometimes when I stand here and answer questions, it’s as if there was only one team on the ice,” said a mildly exasperated Max Pacioretty, the Habs’ captain.

It should be said he’s more put out at his own play; after scoring 35 goals and leading the team with 67 points, he has just one assist to show after four postseason games.


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Videos- Rick Nash You Can’t Do That And How Many Canadiens Do You See

No doubt a penalty but Price did embellish a bit too.


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A Bad Home Game For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It doesn’t matter where this Game 3 of the opening round was played. There is no excuse whatsoever for the puny performance the Rangers trotted out onto the Garden ice in their 3-1 defeat to the Canadiens on Sunday night.

What a disappointment.

What a letdown.

“We didn’t play up to our standards at all,” Mats Zuccarello said after the defeat left the Blueshirts with a 2-1 series deficit heading into Tuesday’s Game 4. “This was not good enough from anyone, including on my part. We all have to be better.”


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Video- Alexander Radulov Now A Candidate For Goal Of The Day

Made it 3-0 Canadiens, final score 3-1.


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The New York Rangers Spent Too Much Time In Their Defensive Zone

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Live in your end, die in your end. That’s the takeaway from Friday’s Game 2, 4-3 overtime defeat to the Canadiens the Rangers can chew on as they prepare for Sunday night’s fulcrum match at the Garden.

For though it was a gutty performance from the newly minted Black-and-Blueshirts, who were credited with 45 hits through 40 minutes, 61 through regulation and 74 overall, they just spent far too much time living on the edge through a third period in which they desperately attempted to protect a 3-2 lead they had earned on Mats Zuccarello’s deflection at 14:47 of the second....

The Rangers just couldn’t quite make it to the finish line, just couldn’t quite withstand the relentless pressure the Habs brought and the Blueshirts brought on themselves. They hung on and hung in, even while getting essentially nothing at all throughout the night from Zibanejad and Chris Kreider for a second straight night.

So it is best of five now with three at the Garden, no advantage whatsoever for the team that has had so much trouble on Broadway. And while the Rangers are going to have to bring their Black-and-Blueshirts to the arena, they also had better to remember to unpack the skill set that was missing most of the way from this memorable Game 2.


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Henrik Lundqvist At His Best

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This was just before the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist took the ice for Game 1 of their first-round series against the Canadiens, which is to suggest the franchise goaltender was not watching the French-language telecast of the match.

So Lundqvist would not have been watching the broadcast focusing on his plebeian regular-season 2.74 goals against average and .910 save percentage that was accompanied by a graphic that fairly shouted: “Le King n’est plus!”

Even an English-speaking fellow could get the translation. Probably a Swedish one, as well.

“The King is no longer!”

All righty, then.

Because on this night, on this stage, operating under intense scrutiny, Lundqvist turned back the clock to the days when no one but no one doubted his ability to rise to the occasion with a 2-0 shutout victory that allowed the Blueshirts to grab the lead in this series that they entered as overwhelming underdogs.


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It’s All On Carey Price

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

There are some things that have changed and others that haven’t since the Canadiens last played a postseason game on May 12, 2015.

The Canadiens lost 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning that night at Amalie Arena, dropping the best-of-seven, second-round series in six games. Max Pacioretty scored the only goal for the Canadiens, who scored five times in the four games they lost to the Lightning.

Offence was the Canadiens’ downfall in that series and offence will be the biggest question mark again when they meet the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs this season, with Game 1 Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.

Just like they did two years ago, the Canadiens head into the playoffs as Atlantic Division champions. In 2015, they beat the Ottawa Senators in six games in the first round. Many of the faces on the Canadiens have changed during the last two years with only 10 players remaining from the lineup for that Game 6 loss to the Lightning: Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Torrey Mitchell, Alex Galchenyuk, Jeff Petry, Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov and goalie Carey Price. There’s also a new coach in Claude Julien.

But the Canadiens are still committed to defence and will once again go as far as Price can carry them.


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