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Montreal Canadiens Have Chance To Pay Back Past Playoff Losses


The Montreal Canadiens, previous to their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, lost three straight series that they led 2-0 after two road games.

Now, down 2-0 heading to New York, the Canadiens know more than anyone that this series is not over yet. The Canadiens lost series in which they took the same lead on the road in 2011 against Boston, 2006 vs Carolina and in 1996 – against the New York Rangers.

I always felt that a two-game lead in a series is the equivalent of a two goal lead. You have the Rangers who have swept both games in Montreal going back home knowing that Carey Price is out. They will, without a doubt, be feeling really good about themselves and are primed for a let down.

If the Canadiens can capitalize on that, there is a prime chance to go into Game 4 with all of the momentum.

Now, this is easier said than done but let’s face it – the Canadiens are going to win more games then they lose playing like they did Monday night. If they can capitalize on their scoring chances and get a few more chances, it’s not out of the question they win.

It’s no different than any other goalie in this league. You have to get traffic, and you’ve got to get second and third opportunities

They didn’t rely on Carey Price to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning. They relied on their balance attack. They can do the same thing against the Rangers. But they will have to do it against a better team and a better goaltender.

Brian Gionta was asked about how they can beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

“It’s no different than any other goalie in this league. You have to get traffic, and you’ve got to get second and third opportunities,” he said. “Most goalies in this League are going to stop the first shot. So it’s part of penetrating their D and making sure you get quality chances, but you’re also there for the rebound.”

Therrien also called out the Tomas Plekanec line and expect to see some changes surrounding that line as well. Therrien doesn’t like that the line hasn’t been getting scoring chances on the Rangers.

The upcoming game is definitely the biggest of the season to date. They can’t afford to go down 3-0 in the series. You can prepare for a desperate team all you want, but the Canadiens are a very desperate team and I would expect an effort to match it.


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Tags: 2013-14 NHL Playoffs Brian Gionta Henrik Lundqvist Montreal Canadiens NHL Playoffs