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Not messing with success

Claude Julien goes with Sunday's winning lineup for Game 4 in New York

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL /

NEW YORK -- The Canadiens held a full practice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, ahead of Game 4 against the Rangers.

Claude Julien did not announce any lineup changes during his pregame press conference, icing the same lines from Game 3 at the morning skate.

Video: Julien's pregame press conference


With the win on Sunday, Montreal extended New York's home playoff losing streak to six games, but the Habs will have their work cut out for them if they want to bring that sequence to seven on Tuesday.

Their first order of business will once again be to silence a buzzing MSG.

"I think it comes from good shifts. Whoever gets the opportunity to start should take advantage of it, then the line that follows them needs to continue to roll that way," prescribed Brendan Gallagher, who has seen his team strike first -- and go on to win -- two games in a row. "We don't want to give them any momentum, [so we have] to keep their crowd out of it. You've definitely got to play a smarter game on the road. We did that on Sunday and we've got to do it again tonight. We've played in some pretty cool buildings, and I think we're used to it now."

Video: Gallagher on the team's confidence


The Canadiens finally got their power play going on Sunday, notching a pair of goals with the man advantage -- including the game winner -- after going 0-for-7 through Games 1 and 2.

While the Habs will look to build on that success in Game 4, the team's penalty kill on the other hand has been consistent since the start of the postseason.

Case in point, the Rangers have seen all 10 of their power play opportunities to date stymied by a solid Montreal special teams unit.

"We did a really good job of holding the blue line, making it difficult for them to get in. Obviously from playing on the power play myself, I know how frustrating that can be," continued Gallagher. "When you're able to make the other team battle, especially early on the power play, it makes life difficult for them. Our penalty kill has done a great job of making their power play have to work, and that usually leads to success."

Of course, the Canadiens penalty kill has also benefited from an All-Star netminder between the pipes.

"It starts with [Carey Price]. Obviously our goalie is the biggest part of our penalty kill," acknowledged Phillip Danault, as Price has been the final line of defense on 11 power play shots thus far. "It's our dedication, too. We all work together, and that's our strength. We've got to keep it going that way tonight."

Video: Ott on playing with Mitchell

Price will make his fourth playoff start of the 2017 postseason on Tuesday, currently owning a .944 save percentage and 1.53 goals-against average this spring.

- Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and will be broadcast on CBC and TVA Sports, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.

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