Coming off a pair of wins that have lifted them to a 2-1 first-round series lead over the New York Rangers, the Canadiens will have to be at the top of their game again on Tuesday night for Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.
Claude Julien's troops will obviously want to offer up the same type of performance they produced in Game 3 on Sunday night when they were nearly perfect in a 3-1 victory.
Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber both scored power play goals, and Alexander Radulov capped the scoring in the third period to put the game out of reach. The Russian sniper did so with a highlight-reel, one-handed marker. He also collected an assist in the win. The Canadiens' defensemen were solid all night long, limiting the Blueshirts to just 21 shots on goal. Only Brady Skjei managed to beat Carey Price when his one-timer from the point deflected off of Paul Byron late in the final frame. At that point, the Rangers had already pulled Henrik Lundqvist for an extra attacker.
The Canadiens will certainly want to continue their good work on special teams after blanking the Rangers in 10 opportunities with the man advantage since the start of the series.
The Canadiens were given the day off from practice on Monday. Only the players that didn't suit up on Sunday skated at MSG.
We'll have to wait until Tuesday's morning skate to find out if Julien will make any lineup changes for the next installment of the series.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on CBC and TVA Sports, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.