Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Danault – Radulov
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Galchenyuk – Shaw
King – Ott – Mitchell
Markov – Weber
Benn – Petry
Beaulieu – Emelin
Brian Flynn, Michael McCarron, Andreas Martinsen, Brandon Davidson, Nikita Nesterov
Your Canadiens are in trouble. Big trouble. They have lost two of three games at the Bell Centre and may not get a chance for another one.
The Habs are capable of winning on Saturday at Madison Square Garden bringing the series back to Montreal for a Game 7. But given what we saw on Thursday night, that task will be very difficult.
The Canadiens played a strong first period that was spoiled only by the weak play of Nathan Beaulieu leading to a shorthanded goal for the Rangers. The second period was more evenly played with New York tying the score with 1:32 left. This one seemed to sting, both the players and fans.
There was a decided lack of energy and pace in the third period. In overtime, the Canadiens look gassed and the Rangers dominated. It was only a matter of time.
Post-game fans were looking for scapegoats. Many stupidly pointed at Number 31. Fool’s logic says that Habs inability to consistently generate scoring chances means that Henrik Lundqvist is outplaying Carey Price. That’s nonsense.
If the Canadiens are unable to get past the Rangers in the first round, much of the attention will be focused on Marc Bergevin who has failed to improve Montreal’s top six. But now, the players in the lineup will have to elevate their games if they hope to extend this first round series.
▲ Carey Price, Shea Weber, Andrei Markov, Artturi Lehkonen, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Steve Ott
▼ Nathan Beaulieu, Jordie Benn, Alex Galchenyuk