The Montreal Canadiens have been no match for King Henrik in the first two games of their series against the New York Rangers, and that means they’re heading to the Big Apple at a big disadvantage.
After Saturday’s 7-2 heartbreaker, the Habs were able level the playing field but still took a 3-1 loss to the Rangers.
The Habs didn’t have their Number 1 goaltender, Carey Price, thanks to a collision with Ranger Chris Kreider. He crashed into Price during Game 1 on Saturday. On Monday, Habs coach Michel Therrien announced Price was done for the series as a result.
The fans did everything they could to shame Kreider on Monday, booing him when he was introduced and every time he touched the puck.
In nets for the Habs was rookie Dustin Tokarski, a young hero in the AHL who got the start ahead of Peter Budaj. He did the best he could in his first NHL playoff game, but it was Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s netminding mastery that won the game after he stopped 40 shots.
“I still think you need to get a little bit lucky, and he’s getting that luck right now and part of that is his experience. Good goaltenders know how to play in these types of games and he’s doing a good job, but I’d like to see what happens if a couple of those pucks go in,” Habs defenceman P.K. Subban said of Lundqvist.
Therrien had other ideas as to why the game went the way it did, though.
“To win a hockey game you need breaks and you need calls. And right now we don’t have those breaks and tonight we didn’t have those calls at the right time. But I like our team effort. I thought our effort was great tonight,” Therrien said after the game at the Bell Centre.
And Josh Gorges also had his own theories.
“You know, it’s funny how things work that way sometimes but I truly believe you create and work for bounces. Luck is one thing but you can push the luck in your favour,” Gorges said.
Game 3 of the Habs-Rangers series is Thursday at 8 p.m. at New York’s Madison Square Garden. You can stream it live at CBC.ca/sports.
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