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Posted On Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 2:15 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Therrien hints at changes to Canadiens lineup

NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has gone through the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs refusing to answer any questions about his lineup.

In light of that, what would appear like an innocuous answer to a question Thursday could in fact be quite revealing about his intentions for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

Therrien was asked if he planned to make any changes to his lineup following an optional morning skate, and for the first time in a long time he did not refuse to answer.

"There might be," he said.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 4:19 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Postseason struggles continue for Canadiens' Vanek

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was asked about a few of his players Tuesday, but there was just one he didn't particularly want to talk about.

With the Canadiens taking a day off before preparing to play Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), Therrien held a conference call with reporters to discuss being down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series heading on the road.

He was asked at one point about forward Max Pacioretty, and Therrien spoke of how he has matured into a young leader who has been given greater responsibility and thrived.

He was asked about forward Alex Galchenyuk, who Therrien praised for his ability to adapt to the pace of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a 3-1 loss in Game 2 after missing six weeks with a knee injury.

He was also asked about forward Thomas Vanek, and that's when Therrien suddenly decided he didn't want to discuss individual players.

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Posted On Monday, 05.19.2014 / 7:51 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Tokarski, Galchenyuk in for Canadiens; Brassard out

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski will make his first start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Monday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

Canadiens starting goaltender Carey Price was ruled out for the remainder of the series Monday morning by coach Michel Therrien. He did not start the third period of a 7-2 loss in Game 1 on Saturday after he was injured in a collision with New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider at 3:15 of the second period.


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Posted On Monday, 05.19.2014 / 1:34 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Canadiens' Price to miss rest of conference final

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens were dealt a severe blow in their attempt to reach their first Stanley Cup Final in 21 years.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price will miss the remainder of the Eastern Conference Final with an undisclosed injury, coach Michel Therrien said after the morning skate Monday.

"We need to rally around Carey," Therrien said. "We need to give him a chance to keep playing this season."

Peter Budaj was the first goalie off the ice at the Canadiens' morning skate but Therrien refused to confirm that he will start Game 2 at Bell Centre (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 1:24 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Canadiens' Price skates, but status uncertain

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien would not confirm Sunday that goaltender Carey Price will play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Monday.

Price skated for approximately five minutes prior to practice Sunday before leaving the ice.

"Carey had a therapy day," Therrien said. "We'll see if he can play the game tomorrow."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 5:20 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Price sits out third period; Canadiens say he's OK

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price did not start the third period of a 7-2 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday, but coach Michel Therrien said the move was not related to an injury.

Price appeared to injure his right knee at 3:15 of the second period in a collision with Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who was knocked slightly off-balance as he rushed in on goal and slammed into Price's right leg. Price remained down for a few moments clutching at his right knee but quickly got up and skated.

Therrien said he did not believe Kreider slammed into Price intentionally.

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Posted On Friday, 05.16.2014 / 3:37 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Canadiens' Galchenyuk practices, not ready for games

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Injured Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk took part in his first practice Friday since being cleared for contact a day earlier, but he is not ready for game action.

The Canadiens will play the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Galchenyuk skated on a line with scratches Ryan White and George Parros at practice Friday.

"I have a couple of more steps to go and I should be good," Galchenyuk said Friday after putting in some extra time after practice with the Canadiens scratches.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 2:07 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

'Exciting day' for Canadiens as they await Game 7

BOSTON – The Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins will play a ninth Game 7 on Wednesday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The weight of the matchup is not lost on anyone.

From coaches to players to fans, everyone knows this is not just another game, and it's not even just another Game 7.

It's a Canadiens-Bruins Game 7.

"To be able to wear this jersey and represent this organization is something special," Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges said after the morning skate Wednesday. "To be in this game tonight playing against this team, that's something special. This is the greatest rivalry in sports, and to be a part of that in a Game 7? As a player, you want to be in this game. This is an exciting day."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 1:52 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Fans to pack Bell Centre, cheer Canadiens from afar

BOSTON -- They will be 250 miles away, but the Montreal Canadiens will have some extra support when they play Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

There will be 21,273 screaming fans in a sold-out Bell Centre watching the game in the building where they are accustomed to cheering their team on the ice, not on the scoreboard video screen.

The Canadiens did the same thing for the two seventh games they played in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the reaction was just as enthusiastic; the game sold out in less than two hours at $10 a ticket.

"I probably shouldn't be surprised, but I still am," Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher said. "It's just the passion that comes with the Montreal Canadiens fans. Obviously we care a lot in this room, but they care a lot as well about the logo and the history and everything that comes with it."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 9:13 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Briere, Prust aim to silence TD Garden in Game 7

BROSSARD, Quebec -- P.K. Subban is not the only member of the Montreal Canadiens who wants to silence TD Garden.

One day after Subban said he wants to take the noise and the energy of their home building away from the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), two of his teammates expressed the exact same sentiment.

It was almost as if they planned it.

"If at the end of the night we win, they're probably going to be very quiet and walking home," Canadiens forward Daniel Briere said Tuesday during an optional practice. "That would be the ultimate reward for us. But we have to make that happen. We can't just say it, we have to go out there and make it happen."

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