Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/29/14
Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8) at New York Rangers (45-31-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -165 / Montreal Canadiens +150 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens head to Madison Square Garden to battle the New York Rangers in game six.
Offense was the name of the game Tuesday as Montreal scored early, late and everywhere else on the way to a 7-4 victory over the Rangers. The Canadiens now trail their series 3-2 as it heads back to MSG for game six. The Habs led 2-1 after the first and built a 4-1 lead in the second before the Blue Shirts tied it only to watch the home team take a 5-4 lead in to the final 20 minutes where they iced it with 'only' two more goals.
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Rene Bourque led the Montreal scorimg spree with his first ever hat trick in the playoffs. Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais also lit he lamp while Andrei Markov added a trio of assists with Dale Weise and Lars Eller posting two helpers each. The Rangers received two goals from Derek Stepan in his return from s broken jaw with Rick Nash and Chris Kreider also scoring with the latter posting three helpers. Dustin Tokarski recorded 23 stops in getting the win while Henrik Lundqvist was given the hook in the second after allowing four goals on just 19 shots while Cam Talbot was charged with two more goals on only eight shots.
Game five was probably a hit for those that prefer scoring over defense but in reallity it was mistake filled and simply sloppy play throughout. Not that there wasn't good things happening but both teams were a bit helter skelter at times. In all honesty I think this one goes on the shoulders of Lundqvist who carries the label of being one of the best in the business and failed miserably on the big stage. I know the Rangers will be big favorites Thursday but after watching game five I don't know if I could pay the price. Please check back for a pick at least a few hours before the puck is dropped...