Game 4: Price, Habs, Look to Save Series - Plus! LIVE BLOG DETAILS!

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LIVE GAME BLOG TONIGHT!

Join us at TCL tonight at 6:30 PM as we welcome Steven Hindle of Hockeybuzz, Kamal Panesar of Habs Addict, Jeremy Scriven of Hockey Independent, the guys from RockTheRed.net as well as On Frozen Blog, not to mention Kyle Roussel and All Habs, for arguably the most historic, epic live game blog in the history of ever. Some special guests may also be in the market to pass by, so check it out!

Set your reminder below, and tune in tonight for all the fun! Pre-game starts at 6:30PM EST and the live game-blog will start with the game at 7PM EST

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ABOUT TONIGHT....

With game 4 between the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals only hours away, the Montreal Canadiens look to gain back the confidence that won them game 1 in Washington, and allowed them to hold a 4-1 lead halfway through game two.

Having allowed 10 goals in just over 4 periods since that 4-1 lead, regaining their confidence will definitely be a daunting task. While the Habs have proven that they can beat the Capitals, the Capitals have proven that they can respond, and are out to show them that they are the better team, all the while teaching the Canadiens a tough lesson.

So far, that mission has been accomplished for the Capitals. With game 4 looming, the Canadiens will need to play 3 near-perfect games in order to come back in this series, and against a team so dominant, so talent, so deep as the Washington Capitals, it's going to be tough, to say the least.

Still, if you ask any member of the Canadiens, they will tell you that they will take it one game at a time, and they will do what they have to do to get the wins and advance.

It starts tonight, and it could very well end tonight.

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TIME FOR PRICE TO SHINE

Interestingly, the player that will have a big say in whether or not this series is salvageable for the Canadiens is Carey Price, who has been announced as tonight's starting goaltender.

Price will not only be looking to salvage the series in relief of Jaroslav Halak, he will be looking to salvage his own season. To say that Carey Price's latest year as a Montreal Canadien has been a roller coaster ride may be the understatement of the century. In fact, you could probably up the period to about a year and a half, heading all the way back to last year's all-star game.

Price was voted the starter for the game, which was held at the Bell Centre, and decided to come back from an injury earlier than expected. Some say that he was still injured, and couldn't play the All-Star game and go back on IR, others say he was really affected from all the goals scored on him during the weekend, and some even speculated that there were problems in his personal life.

Whatever the case may be, his play diminished, and it led to the Canadiens being swept by the Bruins in the playoffs. This season, Price has simply been unlucky. He's been stellar in a lot of the games he's played and simply gotten no support from his teammates between the pipes. Halak was stellar, and earned the starts, even in the playoffs, and that's fine. But Price wasn't exactly dealt a fair hand.

After all of this bad luck and misfortune, Price's path has led him here - game four of the first round against the Washington Capitals. If he wins, and turns the series around for the Canadiens, he may very well be the savior for Habs fans, once again. If he doesn't win, no matter how good he'll play tonight, the fans at the Bell Centre are likely to boo him.

Moreover, as Scott Lowe was nice enough to point out, Carey Price has had his fair share of history with both Bruce Boudreau as well as the Washington Capitals organization.

Not only has Price played every single minute of hockey against the Caps during the regular season, he's also played against a Bruce Boudreau team, the Hershey Bears, in the AHL Calder Cup finals a few years ago.

It's not enough to considering his play against Boudreau teams ''domination'', especially when you look at his NHL stats versus the Capitals, but one can only hope that Price will use all these facts as a motivator heading into tonight's game.

Tonight, game 4 at the Bell Centre, with the series in Washington's favor 2 games to 1, could very well be the deciding game in the series. If the Capitals win tonight's game, it's pretty much the end of the line for the Montreal Canadiens, and probably in 5 games. If the Canadiens can somehow come out of this one with the W, it is, once again, an all new series.

While Monday night was a missed opportunity for the Canadiens, dropping a crucial game to the Caps in their own building, they have to look at tonight's re-match as simply another opportunity. The crowd will quickly forget Monday night's fiasco and will once again be red hot. Adjustments to the line-up and strategies by coach Jacques Martin will hopefully mean that the Canadiens will come flying out of the gates early in the game, and, as mentioned above, Carey Price will use everything that's happened to him, against Bruce Boudreau, against the Caps, and everything that's happened in this rollercoaster season to his advantage and help the Habs steal a game.

Everything will need to fall in place nicely, but a victory is definitely possible. And Carey Price will be the key.

Can he deliver? Can he finally prove that he can stand the pressure? There's only one way to find out.

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LINE-UP NEWS AND NOTES

Carey Price wasn't the only tough decision that J-Mart had to make (credit that epic nickname to The Active Stick).

While Jaroslav Halak will be watching the game from the bench, Mathieu Darche is likely to be watching the game from the press box.

But not so fast. While Ryan O'Byrne WILL make his 2010 playoff debut on the blueline, likely alongside Andrei Markov or Roman Hamrlik, Jaro Spacek may miss the game, as he was shaken up in game 3, and missed practice both yesterday and today.

If Spacek can play, Marc-André Bergeron will play on the 4th line and on the powerplay. If Spacek is out, Marc-André Bergeron will play on defense, and the city of Montreal will collectively have a heart attack every time he touches the puck.

Sergei Kostitsyn will likely remain a healthy scratch. For those who can't understand why J-Mart hates him so much, sources say that Sergei likely spit in Martin's coffee. How else could you explain that hatred, when put next to his man-love for Marc-André Bergeron as a defenseman?

Anyway...

Once again, no changes are expected for the Capitals, and no word yet on whether or not J-Mart will start the game with different lines than game 3.

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LINKS
(To be updated throughout the day)

- Scott Lowe: Boudrea, Organization Have History with Price

- Kamal Panesar (Habs Addict) : CHanges Abound, but Can Habs Win?

- Steven Hindle (Hockeybuzz) : Full Circle, Habs Fate Hinges on Price Once Again

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THE FIRST TIME...

LIVE BLOG TONIGHT! LIVE BLOG TONIGHT! LIVE BLOG TONIGHT!

Join us at TCL as we welcome Steven Hindle of Hockeybuzz, Kamal Panesar of Habs Addict, Jeremy Scriven of Hockey Independent, the guys from RockTheRed.net as well as On Frozen Blog, not to mention Kyle Roussel and All Habs, for arguably the most historic, epic live game blog in the history of ever.

Set your reminder below, and tune in tonight for all the fun! Pre-game starts at 6:30PM EST and the live game-blog will start with the game at 7PM EST

So don't forget to join us tonight, and enjoy the game!!!

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