HKN Canadiens Practice 20140521

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Nathan Beaulieu (40) and Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) take part in the team's practice on Wednesday in Brossard, Que. (The Canadian Press)

Rookie Dustin Tokarski will start in goal for the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Game 3 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

The Rangers lead the best of seven series 2-0.

Montreal is desperately looking for ways to score on Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist, who has thus far stymied the Habs offence and allowed only three goals in two games.

Struggling Habs forward Thomas Vanek practised on the fourth line yesterday, something of a demotion for the regular season star who hasn’t performed as expected.

Patience is not an option for coach Michel Therrien. However, he cautioned reporters not to read too much into the changes in tonight’s line-up.

Game 3 of the Habs-Rangers series starts at 8 p.m. You can stream it live at CBC.ca/sports.

Despite being down 2-0, Habs fans Marco Sangiuliani, 33, Mahmoud Sabsabi, 17, and Ahmed Sabsabi, 14, are keeping the faith in their favourite team with playoff beards, which they discussed with CBC Radio's Daybreak host Mike Finnerty.


 


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.