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Canadiens still coping with elimination from Stanley Cup Playoffs

Lack of offense leads to first-round exit against Rangers

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens were still wrestling with their elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday.

After winning the Atlantic Division with 103 points in the regular season, the Canadiens lost their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers in six games.

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NHL LiveWire: Canadiens at Rangers, Game 6

New York's Marc Staal, Montreal's Paul Byron mic'd up in Eastern Conference First Round series

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NHL LiveWire: MTL vs. NYR, Gm6

Canadiens, Rangers mic'd up for crucial Game 6

Listen in as the Canadiens and Rangers face off in an exciting Game 6 battle in New York

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Each night through the second round, NHL LiveWire will take fans inside one Stanley Cup Playoff game.

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Trade for Shea Weber couldn't propel Canadiens

With Weber, Carey Price and Max Pacioretty a year older, window to win Stanley Cup may be closing for Montreal

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- All season, the Montreal Canadiens believed they were built to win, and a big reason was the arrival of defenseman Shea Weber.

The Canadiens made other offseason changes, including signing free agent forward Alexander Radulov, but acquiring Weber from the Nashville Predators in a trade for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29 was the biggest and loomed over everything the Canadiens did all season.

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5 Reasons: Why Canadiens were eliminated

No goals by Max Pacioretty, inability to finish led to Montreal being defeated by Rangers in first round

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- A first-place finish in the Atlantic Division is no consolation to the Montreal Canadiens after they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers, who finished fourth in the Metropolitan Division.

Montreal went 16-7-1 after coach Claude Julien replaced Michel Therrien on Feb. 14. The Canadiens, who won the Atlantic with 103 points, lost a tightly-contested Eastern Conference First Round series in six games to the Rangers, who had 102 points.

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5 Reasons: Why Rangers advanced

Henrik Lundqvist's sharpness, Rick Nash's all-around play sparked New York past Montreal, into second round

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers won their third straight game on Saturday and advanced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden.

Here are five reasons the Rangers advanced to the second round:

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Canadiens fail to produce for Carey Price again

Goalie allows 12 goals in six games against Rangers, Montreal scores 11

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Imagine for a moment you are Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

You are widely regarded as one of the best in the world in your chosen profession, if not the very best, and yet you are unable to advance in your career because the people around you are unable to do their jobs at the most critical moments.

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Mats Zuccarello raises game against Canadiens

Rangers forward scores twice in Game 6, led New York with three goals in series

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The way Mats Zuccarello plays the game, with the fearlessness and ferocity befitting a man who is a foot taller than his 5-foot-7 frame, can make you forget that two years ago his career was nearly over, a result of a shot off his head, a brain contusion that left him incapable of speaking for four days and still makes him stumble over certain words today.

It was easy to forget that Saturday, when Zuccarello shined on the big stage with two goals, enough to help the New York Rangers advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers won the series 4-2. Zuccarello led them with three goals.

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Short Shifts

Empire State Building puts on light show to Rangers goal song

New York City landmark celebrates series win with colorful display

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Rangers eliminate Canadiens with Game 6 win

Mats Zuccarello scores twice to put New York into second round

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Mats Zuccarello scored two goals for the New York Rangers in a series-ending 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

New York won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play either the Ottawa Senators or Boston Bruins in the second round.

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Rangers home in on eliminating Canadiens in Game 6

New York drawing on past success of finishing off opponents at Madison Square Garden

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- For as mediocre as their record was at Madison Square Garden this season and despite recent struggles in Stanley Cup Playoff games at home, the New York Rangers have a history of success when they have a chance to eliminate an opponent on home ice.

The Rangers have won seven of their past nine games in that situation since 2007, including a 6-1 record since 2012. Henrik Lundqvist has been in goal for all nine and will be again in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

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