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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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Posted On Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 9:06 PM

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

Prust's return to form is good news for Canadiens

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Welcome to the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brandon Prust.

You arrived just in time.

Prust played what was easily his best game of the playoffs in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-0 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Monday.

"I felt I had my legs back and was skating well, lots of energy," Prust said Tuesday before the team left for Boston. "I've just got to keep building from there."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 1:24 AM

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

Beaulieu solid for Canadiens in playoff debut

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu woke up Monday and went to the Montreal Canadiens' morning skate completely unaware of what the day had in store for him.

He had no idea he was about to play the biggest game of his life.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien rolled the dice by dressing the rookie for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins, and Beaulieu rewarded him.


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Posted On Monday, 05.12.2014 / 7:35 PM

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

Canadiens turn to rookie Beaulieu in must-win Game 6

MONTREAL -- Rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut and Daniel Briere re-entered the lineup for the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

The Bruins, who lead the best-of-7 series 3-2, made no changes to the lineup that won 4-2 in Game 5 on Saturday.

Beaulieu has not played a game for the Canadiens since April 9 and most recently played with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League on April 19.

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