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Posted On Friday, 05.23.2014 / 7:06 PM

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

Animosity growing between Rangers and Canadiens

NEW YORK -- The Montreal Canadiens had their reason to be upset, and now the New York Rangers do as well. The animosity in the Eastern Conference Final between these two Original Six teams is now a two-way street.

With the announcement Friday that Rangers center Derek Stepan will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw due to a hit from Canadiens forward Brandon Prust, the feeling that the opposing team took out a top player in the series is being felt by both teams.

Montreal goaltender Carey Price was ruled out of the series prior to Game 2 when he sustained a knee injury after Rangers forward Chris Kreider collided with him in Game 1.


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Posted On Friday, 05.23.2014 / 6:47 PM

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

Canadiens know they have to improve in Game 4

NEW YORK -- The Montreal Canadiens might have won Game 3, but they know they need to play more like they did in Game 2 if they want to tie the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers.

The Canadiens, down 2-1 in the best-of-7 series, will attempt to do just that in Game 4 on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"There is always room for improvement," center Lars Eller said at the team's hotel Friday. "I'd say the good thing is we came out of there with a win, and we have to be a lot better. We have to improve. We have to be better. It almost seems like the roles were reversed from Game 2 to 3, and the Rangers probably had a lot more scoring chances in Game 3 than we had.

"But at the same time, goal 2 and 3 is a good example of us winning battles in front of the net and getting those ugly goals. We had the chances in Game 2, but we didn't win the battles in front of the net, both in front of our net. Yesterday in front of [goaltender Henrik] Lundqvist's net, we were able to win those battles. I think that made the difference [Thursday]."


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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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Quote of the Day

This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens