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Do the Habs Still Have a Chance Against the Rangers?

When the Habs went down 3 – 1 against the Rangers I thought that the Habs were done for. After watching Game 5, besides those 5 minutes where the Rangers scored 3 goals in 5 minutes, the Habs looked like a team on a mission. Habs had 12 players that at least recorded one point last night. So now lets address the point of this article. Can the Habs win 2 straight against King Henrik and his Rangers?

So lets first address Games 3 & 4 where the Habs split the games in MSG. The Habs won Game 3 because of one person, Dustin Tokarski – a 24 year old from Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He made amazing saves in the final minute against Martin St. Louis to keep the game at 2 – 1 in the Habs’ favor but the Rangers got a fortunate bounce off Emelin who was parked in the crease and deflected a pass with his skate. That was not the first lucky bounce. The Rangers had their first goal when Subban slipped, giving the puck to the Rangers for a 2 on 1. Gorges backed up too far and hit Tokarski, then made a miraculous glove save but then Hagelin waited for the puck to fall below the crossbar and entered the net. So in the end Tokarski only allowed 2 goals on 35 shots which neither of the 2 goals that Rangers scored could be pinned on him. Tokarski got the much deserved first star of the night. Personally I think the Habs were lucky to grind out the win in that game.

In Game 4, Carl Hagelin got the Rangers off to a quick start when he scored the first goal of the game 7 minutes into the first. Both Subban and Markov were caught puck watching not thinking of defence and let Hagelin slip right by them. Boyle sent a hail mary pass that Hagelin received then went in and slid it right under Tokarski. Habs responded 8 minutes into the second by a rocket of a shot from Francis Bouillon. Like the Habs normally do they gave up a goal with 55 seconds left when Girardi gave a hail mary pass right to Brassard who released a slapshot right by Tokarski’s glove to give Rangers a 2 – 1 lead heading into the 3rd. Habs didn’t take too long to respond in the 3rd. Just 2 minutes in PK ripped a slapshot that tipped off Gallagher’s skate right past King Henrik to tie the game up at 2 – 2. The score would stay tied for the rest of the 3rd. The Habs started the overtime with a powerplay which Habs were unable to capitalize on. That proved to be costly because 4 minutes and 30 seconds later Emelin and Markov refused to ice the puck and got caught tired and St. Louis got on a break and fired a shot right over Tokarski’s glove to give the Rangers a 3 – 1 series lead.

So Montreal have proved that they can win in MSG. They took 2 – 2 games to overtime in MSG. I think the Rangers will come out like a team on a mission to win this Game 6 because if Rangers go back to Game 7 in the Bell Centre that crowd will be rocking on a Saturday night at 8 o’ clock. I personally think Habs will storm back and win Game 6 in MSG and comeback and take Game 7 in the Bell Centre. So my prediction is that Habs will win Game 6 a score of 3 – 2.

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