The Montreal Canadiens say they aren't giving up their Stanley Cup hopes as they face elimination tonight by the New York Rangers, who are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference final.

The Habs have struggled with playing catch-up this series, and the Rangers have scored first in every game.

Habs coach Michel Therrien says it's important the Canadiens get that first goal tonight.

"We're going to try to play hard right from the start and to make sure we score that first goal... but even if we do score that first goal, there is still a lot of hockey to be played," said Therrien.

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The Montreal Canadiens have come back twice in their playoff history when trailing 3-1 in a playoff series. (CBC)

Montreal has come back twice in their playoff history when trailing 3-1 in a playoff series. 

They say they remain hopeful they can get the job done.

"Even a couple teams this year have been able to do that... So it's not something that can't be done. And with the group we have here, hopefully we can do it. We believe we've gotten better as the series has gone on," said the Canadiens' Brian Gionta.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series happens tonight at the Bell Centre (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).

Price back on skates

Injured Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price took a light skate before the team's optional practice on Monday.

The Canadian Olympic team gold medallist has been out with a suspected right knee injury since the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

Price skated for about 20 minutes, without his goal tending equipment, well ahead of the team's optional practice.

He is not expected back until at least the start of the Stanley Cup final.


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.