Canadiens defenceman Emelin expected to return for Game 5 against Rangers

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

The fact is he's done the work necessary to get goals and just needs to keep playing the way he always does.

NY opened this first-round playoff series with a 2-0 win at Montreal before falling 4-3 in overtime in Game 2 and then 3-1 in Game 3.

"I saw it, but still, I didn't get my arm up", Lundqvist said after the Rangers evened the best-of-seven series at 2. Then, take the shot when it's available, rather than waiting for the ideal one. NY has been excellent on the road this season and I think that continues here as they seem to have a way with the Canadiens and at this price they are worth a shot. "We had that bounce we needed tonight".

NY took the lead for good early in the second on a Rick Nash goal.

Skjei-Smith weren't combined much this season, but that was a function of when Smith arrived and how he was moved around the different duos.

Game 6 of this low-scoring, tightly-contested series will be back at the Garden, where one of the two teams will face elimination, on Saturday at 8 p.m.

New York Rangers' Rick Nash, left, celebrates with teammate Jimmy Vesey, center, as Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, reacts during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in New York. Now they will try to carry that over into Game 5 in Edmonton on Thursday night. Kevin Klein played Game 3, so he is likely next in lines, followed by Steven Kampfer and Adam Clendening.

Does that mean all of these Habs players are performing poorly, or is it perhaps a combination of the performance we're seeing from Henrik Lundqvist and a bit of good fortune for the New York Rangers? Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov skated into his own zone to retrieve a puck that was dumped in along the boards.

Nash had already beaten Price in the first period. The Canadiens drew level through Torrey Mitchell with just two minutes left in the frame. CK20 needs to take a page from what Nash did in the first period of Game 4 and go hard to the net. The team that stays even-keeled and just worries about that next shot is the team that normally ends up on top. McDonagh and Girardi have done a good job bracketing him. "We need to trust that our shots will go in". We have to take it upon ourselves not to let him drive to the net. So you got to make sure you don't retaliate because that's kind of what the refs are looking for. In addition, maintaining their defensive structure, as they did in Game 1 and most of Game 4 will be paramount to earning a win and 3-2 series lead. That said, the Montreal faithful should be out in full force as there is a possibility that this will be last home game for their team this season.

"There's no panic in Max's game", said Beaulieu.

"Obviously, the last month of the season we were all taking turns of playing and helping contribute".

NOTES: The Canadiens scratched D Nikita Nesterov for the second straight game. The Rangers made two lineup changes.

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