Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers - 5/27/14
New York Rangers (45-31-6) at Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +104 / New York Rangers -115 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens look to keep their season alive in a must win scenario on home ice on Tuesday as they host the New York Rangers for game five.
The New York Rangers have a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night and advance to the team’s first Stanley Cup finals since they won it all in 1994 but they’ll have to do so on the road against a desperate Montreal Canadiens team. The Blue Shirts overcame a relatively lackluster effort in game four and escaped with a momentum swinging overtime victory that has pushed the Canadiens to the brink of elimination and if New York can put up a better effort tonight there is a very good chance this series will be finished and Montreal will begin their offseason. Martin St. Louis’ remarkable Stanley Cup playoffs journey added another chapter on Sunday as he netted the overtime winner with a perfect top corner shot in tight on Dustin Tokarski who has St. Louis’ number up until that point and now the former Cup champion has a chance to lead his new team back to the big dance and set up a grudge match with the Blackhawks or Kings.
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The Canadiens face just their third elimination game of these playoffs and with a 2-0 mark thus far they will look to keep that record unblemished albeit without Carey Price. Montreal as we know swept the opening round with the Lightning before having to fend off elimination on back to back nights against the Bruins which is no easy task but with a mountain to climb here in an attempt to keep their season alive the Habs know they need to take things one game at a time. Tokarski has been brilliant in relief of Price and while he didn’t have his best game in his home playoff debut last week he really found his game on the road and now with the home fans lending their support and the team facing a do or die it’ll be interesting to see how he and the rest of the team respond. The Blue Shirts haven’t had that killer instinct in these playoffs as both of their first two series went the distance and while they are very much in the driver’s seat to lock up this series over the next couple of days I don’t see it happening here and I’ll gladly take the home team as a dog in a must win situation.