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Tokarski, Galchenyuk in for Canadiens; Brassard out

Monday, 05.19.2014 / 7:51 PM

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

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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.

Therrien chose to go with Tokarski instead of regular backup goaltender Peter Budaj, who is winless in seven playoff games in his career.

Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk was also inserted in the lineup for his first game of these playoffs after recovering from a knee injury sustained April 9 in a road game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Galchenyuk skated at left wing on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Thomas Vanek during pregame warmups, taking the spot of rookie Michael Bournival.

For the Rangers, forward Derick Brassard was out of the lineup after being injured early in Game 1 on a hit by Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver.

He was replaced in the lineup by Dan Carcillo, who was not played since Game 5 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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