Sports Failure not an option as Canadiens stare down elimination

22:31  21 april  2017
22:31  21 april  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

Ron and Don: Canadiens need to ‘bug’ Rangers’ Lundqvist

  Ron and Don: Canadiens need to ‘bug’ Rangers’ Lundqvist The Montreal Canadiens must put more traffic in front of New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in order to have success in their first-round matchup, says Don Cherry. The Canadiens were blanked 2-0 by Lundqvist and Co. in Wednesday’s Game 1. They did manage 31 shots on the Swedish netminder, but Cherry said it’s the quality that matters more than quantity. “I know he [faced] a lot of shots … but he could see everything,” Cherry said during Coach’s Corner on Thursday night. “These guys are letting him see the puck.”Game 2 takes place Friday at 7 p.m.

Failure at this stage of the game isn’t an option , but the Canadiens are going to be staring it—and elimination from these playoffs—in the face at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. And it’s going to take all hands on deck to shut down New York’s varied attack.

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MONTREAL—It’s time to see what this Montreal Canadiens team is really made of.

General manager Marc Bergevin made every bold move in the book this year. His biggest one was trading a P.K. Subban entering the heart of his prime for a Shea Weber much closer to the tail end of his.

He also pushed a talented-but-never-won-anything Lars Eller out for a gritty two-time-Stanley-Cup-winning Andrew Shaw, signed the most talented player not playing the NHL in Alexander Radulov, traded for cagey veterans Steve Ott and Dwight King to up the sandpaper quotient on the team, and he even fired the coach he called a "foxhole friend" in Michel Therrien to hire a consensus upgrade in Claude Julien. He did it all to give the Canadiens one of two opportunities they have to chase the Cup while superstar goaltender Carey Price is only taking up $6.5 million in salary cap space.

Canadiens beat Rangers to even series 1-1

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Six weeks after capturing his elusive 18th major Down Under.

Failure at this stage of the game isn’t an option, but the Canadiens are going to be staring it—and elimination from these playoffs—in the face at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

"We’re going to learn what type of character we have," said Brendan Gallagher after Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Game 5 put the Canadiens down 3-2 in their series versus the New York Rangers. "If you don’t have character, this is the time you’re going to doubt yourself. If you do have character, this is the time where the belief is going to come out."

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