Canadiens look to even series
Now that the Montreal Canadiens have gotten a win under their belt, will it be enough to turn the tide in favor of the Habs? In a series that so far has not indicated that home ice means anything le hockey club de Montreal could very well get a win in Madison Square Garden on Sunday night and make a series out of this.
Both teams will be without key players. The Rangers have lost Derek Stepan who had surgery for a broken jaw and will not play in Sunday night’s game. This is a huge loss for the Rangers as Stepan is third on their team in points. They are getting back center Derek Brassard to replenish the forwards.
The Canadiens, meantime have lost chief agitator Brandon Prust due to his late mid ice elbow to Stepan’s jaw which got him a two game suspension which he will be serving starting Sunday. Not to be out done the New York Rangers will be without the services of Daniel Carcillo serving a ten game suspension which just about ends Carcillo’s playoff action for a hit to a referee. Ah boys will be boys in the Eastern Conference.
As we can see this series has turned nasty and very chippy who will benefit from this type of game? Well one would have to think the Montreal Canadiens would since they tend to play with emotion they key is can they play with controlled emotions and take this series back.
The Rangers are a much faster team than the Canadiens anticipated and also a very good shot blocking team. The Canadiens in order to come out of MSG will need to open up shooting lanes and get to the net to get anything past Henrik Lundqvist. The Canadiens mantra should be shoot early and shoot often if they are to have a chance at evening the series.
The Rangers are led by fan favorite and emotionally charged Marty St. Louis who it seems is on a mission granted by higher powers since the passing of his mother. If the Rangers were not difficult enough on their own to defeat there is something transcendent going on with the Rangers because of St. Louis.
If the Canadiens come a way with a win it will need to be because of their back – up goaltender Dustin Tokarski who is manning the nets for the Habs’ fallen Olympic Gold Medal goalie Carey Price. Tokarski has the advantage of youthful huboris on his side but can it turn the tide of the Rangers mystical mission?
Next game Sunday, May 25, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tune in to NBCSN in the US, RDS & CBC in Canada.