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The Canadiens will look to reverse their fortunes in New York Thursday night when they face-off against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The Habs are down 2-0 in the series to the Rangers after being outscored 10-3 on home ice through 2 games. Dustin Tokarski took over goaltending duties for an injured Carey Price in Game 2. Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots and didn’t look terrible in nets, but he couldn’t compare to Henrik Lundqvist who gave up just 1 goal on 41 shots.

The game starts at 8:00 and can be seen on RDS and CBC.

What to Watch:

PK Subban has yet to find the scoresheet in the third round, but he did have 9 shots on goal on Monday. Max Pacioretty scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in Game 2, he has 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games.

Rick Nash was held goalless in 14 playoff games before this series started, he has a pair of goals, including a game winner, and an assist in this series. Ryan McDonagh has 6 of his 9 playoff points in this series, following up a 4-point game on Saturday with a goal and an assist in Monday’s contest.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens are fighting for survival. A victory in Game 3 will help bring them back into this series while a loss will almost surely spell a playoff exit.

Who’s Out:

The Habs are missing Carey Price (knee) who will likely miss the rest of the series.

Derick Brassard missed Game 2 for the Rangers but could return to the lineup on Thursday.

What Else:

Trade deadline acquisitions are making a big splash in these playoffs, with 3 of the 4 remaining teams getting big boosts from their new additions. With 9 goals, Kings forward Marian Gaborik leads all playoff scorers in that department, fitting in nicely with LA in just 35 total games with the team. The Rangers have rallied behind new teammate Martin St. Louis after his mother passed away unexpectedly, and with 11 points in 16 games, St. Louis is the team’s top playoff scorer.

There has been criticism leveled at Habs addition Thomas Vanek, but the Austrian sniper has 5 goals and is tied for the team lead. Mike Weaver, also brought in at the deadline, has a +8 rating in the playoffs, second in the league behind LA’s Justin Williams.

The Question Mark:

Tell us what you think:

If you were coaching the Canadiens, what would be your message to the team prior to Game 3?

The Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show starts an hour before puck drop, join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter. And don’t miss the Post Game Show starting 5 minutes after the final siren.

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MHT Playoff Post-Game: Rangers vs. Habs – May 19th, 2014

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The Montreal Canadiens, minus goaltender Carey Price who is out for the series, gave it their all in front of Dustin Tokarski, but couldn’t solve Henrik Lundqvist, and fell to the New York Rangers 3-1, giving the Blue Shirts a 2-0 series lead. Join Corey Collard, along with Kristina Ashqar, Matt Casavant and Coach K as they make sense of it all.

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MHT Playoff Pre-Game: Rangers vs. Habs – May 19th, 2014

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Carey Price is out for the series, and the Montreal Canadiens are in dire need of a win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K, as they simulcast with the gang at Hockey This Week Radio in NYC during the second segment, to preview tonight’s tilt with the New York Rangers.

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The Canadiens are seeking redemption in Monday night when they host the Rangers at the Bell Centre for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Game 1 of the series was disastrous in more ways than one for the Habs. They were beaten 7-2 and Carey Price did not play in the third period after allowing 4 goals on 20 and potentially suffering a leg injury when Chris Kreider went sliding into the Canadiens’ netminder late in the second period.

Monday’s game starts at 8:00 and airs on CBC and RDS.

What to Watch:

Lars Eller continued to shine in the playoffs with a goal and an assist in Saturday’s contest, bringing him up to 11 points in 12 games in these playoffs. The Canadiens as a team had their weakest start of the playoffs on Saturday, going down 2-0 by the end of the first period after being out-shot 12-6. Up to Saturday’s game the Habs had allowed just 3 goals in the first period in 11 playoff games combined.

The Rangers looked a lot different in Game 1 of the third round than they had leading up to it. They scored 34 goals in the previous 14 games but put up a converted touchdown on Saturday. The Rangers got goals from 7 different players on Saturday, including Rick Nash who scored his first of this year’s playoffs. On top of that, the New York power play converted 3 times in the third period, going 3-for-7 on the afternoon after going 6-for-55 in the first two rounds.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens didn’t simply lose Game 1, they were humiliated. Aside from a brief glimmer of hope in the second period when Rene Bourque cut the Rangers lead to 2-1, the Habs never looked competitive on Saturday. With Price’s status uncertain for Game 2 the Canadiens may need to rally around Peter Budaj in order to draw the series even. Another poor showing by the Habs and this series could be over before it started.

Who’s Out:

The big question mark heading into Game 2 is whether or not Carey Price will play, not just Monday night, but whether he’ll play again this series. Alex Galchenyuk (knee) could be ready for action Monday night for the first time since April 9.

Derrick Brassard suffered either an undisclosed injury in the first period in Game 1 and is uncertain for Monday.

What Else:

This isn’t Chris Kreider’s first run-in with a goalie, it’s not even his first run-in with a goalie in these playoffs. In February 2013, Craig Anderson was in Vezina Trophy form until Kreider was sent sprawling into him by Senators defenseman Marc Methot. Anderson’s left ankle was pinned against his goalpost and the resulting injury kept him out of action for 6 weeks. Just over a week ago, in Game 6 against the Penguins, Kreider went barreling into Marc-Andre Fleury after Kris Letang bumped him en route to the Pens net.

Brandon Prust had this to say on Kreider’s contact with Price, “He went skates-first right into [Price’s] leg. We know how to slide, we know how to fall. We’re in the NHL. We’re taught how to fall when you’re 5 years old…I don’t think [Kreider] is a dirty player but he did nothing to slow-up or avoid him.”

The Question Mark:

What type of response are you expecting from the Habs in Game 2 with or without Price?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

The Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show starts an hour before puck drop, join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter. And don’t miss the Post Game Show starting 5 minutes after the final siren.

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The Canadiens are on to the third round and set to host Game 1 against the Rangers Saturday afternoon. For the Canadiens it’s their second trip to the Conference Finals since their last Cup win in 1993. The Rangers have made the third round for a third time since they last hoisted the Cup in 1994, but neither team has been to a Stanley Cup Finals in the last 20 years.

The Habs and Rangers met three times during the regular season with each game ending in a shutout. The Habs won 2-0 and 1-0 in overtime while the Rangers earned a 1-0 victory at the Bell Centre. Three different goalies, Peter Budaj, Cam Talbot and Carey Price, each earned shutouts during the season series, and Cam Talbot played over 120 minutes of shutout hockey against the Habs before finally conceding a goal in overtime.

The game starts early at 1:00 pm and airs on RDS, CBC and NBC.

What to Watch:

PK Subban has led the Canadiens throughout the playoffs with 4 goals and 12 points in 11 games, but the real trouble for the Rangers could come in the form of a hot Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty has been held to 3 goals in these playoffs, but 2 have been series winners. He’s also picked up 4 of his 7 playoff points in the last 3 games, including goals in his last 2.

The Rangers’ big threat, Rick Nash, has yet to light the lamp in 14 playoff games this year after leading New York with 26 goals during the regular season. Nash does lead his team in shots during the postseason with 52.

But the real battle to watch this series is shaping up to be the duel in nets.Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist last met in Sochi with a Gold Medal on the line and Price emerged victorious. Now the prize is a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals and both teams will look to their tenders to pave the way.

Carey Price has spent much of this season silencing his critics, and he’s not stopping in the postseason. Last round, Price held the top-scoring team in the Eastern Conference to just one goal in the last two games to help the Habs advance.

Henrik Lundqvist squared of against two of the league’s biggest threats in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and managed to give up just one goal per game in each of the final three matches against the Pens with the Rangers facing elimination. Lundqvist has an impressive 1.99 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in the playoffs.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens are hosting Game 1 for the first time in these playoffs. They won both of their other first games in Tampa Bay and Boston, and will look to get off to the same start against the Rangers. New York will play their 15th game of the playoffs so fatigue could play a factor in the series, especially if the Canadiens find ways press the action.

Who’s Out:

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) is the only injured player for either team, and his return is imminent now that he has begun taking part again in full practices with a contact jersey.

What Else:

The Canadiens and Rangers have not met in the playoffs since 1996, an opening round series the Rangers won 4 games to 2. Game 3 of that series marked the first playoff game played in the Molson Centre, but the Canadiens lost all three games in their new home after winning the first two on the road.

In 14 previous playoff meetings dating back to 1930 the Canadiens and Rangers have a perfect split, with each team moving on 7 times.

The Question Mark:

Tell us what you think, what are your predictions for Habs-Rangers, who is the series MVP and who is the Little Bear unsung hero?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

The Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show starts an hour before puck drop, join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter. And don’t miss the Post Game Show starting 5 minutes after the final siren.

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MHT Post-Game: Rangers vs. Habs – April 12th, 2014

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In a game that featured two teams afraid of getting injured going into the playoffs, Brian Gionta scored on a penalty shot in overtime to secure a 1-0 victory for the Montreal Canadiens against the New York Rangers, giving them 100 points on the season for the first time since 2007-2008. Join Corey Collard, along with Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Andrew Berkshire, Rick Springhetti and Coach K as they break down the game, and look forward at the first round matchup between the Habs and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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