It's playoff time in Montreal!
Indeed, the only sure thing entering the 2017 postseason is that every team has warts, albeit some more than others.
A champion will be crowned in mid June after one team navigates four gruelling best-of-seven rounds.
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Or, to take Tomas Plekanec and slide him to the fourth line, having Galchenyuk at centre with Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher.
Galchenyuk's line with Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen created chances in Game 1, but he needs to be flanked by a finisher to help put the Habs on the board. With the likes of Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid at the back end, this defence becomes even slower without CarIo and Krug.
The long, winding regular season is finally over.
The game starts at 7 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m. puck drop for weekday Habs games, so don't make a mistake and tune in or arrive 30 minutes late.
Matt Calvert scored for Columbus in the third period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves. Perhaps he was just saving himself for the playoffs, where he's often played his best hockey - this was the Swedish veteran's 10th career postseason shutout. At least he had a good mentor during his days in New York - Henrik Lundqvist.
Of course, the Wild tied it in the dying moments to force overtime.
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During his previous stints in Washington and Anaheim, the scouting report on Boudreau was simple.
In fact, in the playoffs Lundqvist's record against the Canadiens is vastly different. Boudreau has advanced past the second round just once in his coaching career and is 1-7 in Game 7s. A minute into the third, the 35-year-old denied Max Pacioretty's open 10-foot shot on the left side, and the play was even for the next 10 minutes, with the Rangers clearing their zone and stuffing the Canadiens in neutral ice.
It wasn't ideal, few victories are - especially those earned in the playoffs against high-quality opposition - but there was so much to like about the New York Rangers start to the playoffs. Their fans might not be so understanding, not to mention Price.
Both men coached the Hull (now Gatineau) Olympiques when Henry was the team's general manager. Meanwhile, Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist has struggled to find consistency against the Canadiens, posting a collective 14-17-3 against the team in all regular season matchups.
"They've had some success against us the last couple of years, but I think our focus is definitely what we did a couple of years ago in the playoffs", Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "Hopefully we'll have good Games 1 and 2 and that'll carry over to our barn for 3 and 4". He wants to take the Cup home and there may be no better time.
This team needs to get ready to be quick and versatile.
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Lying in ambush could be the Edmonton Oilers, who have been revived by Connor McDavid, 20, and take on the San Jose Sharks starting on Wednesday. Rearguards Shea Weber and Jordie Benn have both returned from late-season injuries.
He might not know the system, which was implemented by Boudreau.
- The Capitals and Maple Leafs have never met in a playoff series. With Freddie Andersen stopping pucks and the likes of Auston Matthews shooting them, there's always a chance, far fetched as it might be. There are times when, trust me, you hear them because of momentum swings and stuff.