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Canadiens defenceman Emelin expected to return for Game 5 against Rangers

21 April 2017

The same can be said for some of New York's top guns.

The battle in goal between Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price has been extremely close. The Rangers thwarted the Montreal Canadiens from there and emerged with a hard-fought 2-1 victory in Game 4 of their first-round series at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Then, take the shot when it's available, rather than waiting for the flawless one. While I know a good portion of you don't like advanced stats, the table below shows how the Game 4 lines played in the regular season 5v5 and is a good visual as to why the changes were wise. That led to the shot differential and better puck possession numbers. "We had that bounce we needed tonight".

He managed to keep his head despite the years of previous struggles, the pressure from the NY market and with the frustration of having a go-ahead goal disallowed while trailing in a playoff series. The Rangers, who are infamous for over-passing, have got to keep peppering Price with shots and hope to get a deflection or rebound or whatever.

But the Blueshirts can't worry about that game just yet. Now they will try to carry that over into Game 5 in Edmonton on Thursday night. After all, in the last five seasons, the Rangers have played the most playoff games in the league. After putting up 12 shots in the first period, Montreal managed 12 in the second and third periods combined. The Canadiens drew level through Torrey Mitchell with just two minutes left in the frame. "There's a difference between running a goalie and going hard to the net". The team that stays even-keeled and just worries about that next shot is the team that normally ends up on top. "We need to trust that our shots will go in".

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"He's a good player and whether you guys don't think he's done enough, for me internally, I think he's done a lot and he's got an opportunity to be better", said Julien. "In the second and third period we tried, but we weren't able to find the back of the net". So you got to make sure you don't retaliate because that's kind of what the refs are looking for.

But even if it doesn't, Julien is confident goals will come, and with the series tied 2-2 and the Canadiens having home-ice advantage, things are not exactly dire.

It didn't help that Game 3 was an bad performance from the whole team, a 3-1 loss on Sunday night at the Garden when the Rangers offense completely dried up. There's no panic in Max's game.

NOTES: The Canadiens scratched D Nikita Nesterov for the second straight game.

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With the series shifting back to Montreal's Bell Centre for Game 5, the Rangers have a chance to take control of this series.

Each of the last two years has seen Nash's role change within the Rangers' ranks. LW Pavel Buchnevich made his postseason debut, replacing LW Tanner Glass.

Emelin missed the final two games of the regular season and the first four of the playoffs with an undisclosed injury. D Kevin Klein was scratched after playing Game 3.

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Canadiens defenceman Emelin expected to return for Game 5 against Rangers