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Canadiens in the playoffs: Habs-Rangers rivalry builds

The bad blood between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins is legendary, and many see a similar rivalry taking shape between the Habs and the New York Rangers.

Tensions are high between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers ahead of Game 4 tonight

Montreal Canadiens' Brendon Prust gives his version of a late hit on Rangers' forward Derek Stepan that broke the centre's jaw. 1:14

The bad blood between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins is legendary, and many see a similar rivalry taking shape between the Habs and the New York Rangers.

The two teams face off tonight in Game 4 of their best of seven Eastern Conference final. The Rangers lead the series 2-1. 

At the centre of the growing rivalry between the two teams is a late, open-ice hit by the Habs' Brendon Prust on Derek Stepan early in Game 3 that left the Rangers' forward with a broken jaw. 

Prust wasn't penalized on the play, but was handed a two-game suspension after the NHL reviewed the hit.

In the same game, Rangers' forward Daniel Carcillo was handed a 10-game automatic suspension for getting physical with linesman Scott Driscoll while he was being escorted to the penalty box. 

Players on both teams say they're not letting the twin controversies distract them from focusing on tonight's game. 

Meanwhile, the Habs are promising to pick up their game to match that of their rookie netminder, Dustin Tokarski, who saved his team in Game 3. 

All eyes will be back on the 24-year-old from Saskatchewan tonight.

Game 4 starts at 8 p.m.You can stream it live at CBC.ca/sports.

The Montreal Canadiens will need more than another stand-out performance by rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski tonight in Game 4. (CBC)


 


The CBC Montreal Sports team has you covered for the Montreal Canadiens' 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. Andie Bennett and Doug Gelevan are with Habs from the first round all the way to the victory parade.

Check out cbc.ca/montreal every morning for highlights, interviews from the locker room and the latest reports from Doug and Andie in Montreal and on the road.