Canadiens coach defends Pacioretty, shrugs off hit on Price

Canadiens coach defends Pacioretty, shrugs off hit on Price

That was an average of 0.47 goals per game during that span. Nash took a goalie interference penalty and that was about it. 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. Truth is, they played an excellent game in evening up the series at 2-2 following their down-to-the-wire 2-1 win over the Habs in Game 4 on Tuesday.

"You can't retaliate. Nash isn't a dirty player".

The Rangers are 2-4 in their last six games in which they entered a Game 5 of a series tied 2-2, but they ended up 4-2 in those six series. "There's a difference between running a goalie and going hard to the net". Of course, we can say the same about Zibanejad, Stepan, Hayes, Miller and Vesey, each of whom hasn't scored and other than Vesey, has yet to really show up, but getting Kreider going would be a huge boost for the team.

"You've got to do it verbally in the playoffs", said defenceman Nathan Beaulieu. Pacioretty, a 35-goal scorer in the regular season, has one assist in four playoff games and he leads the team with 19 shots.

Henrik Lundqvist has had a tremendous start to these playoffs, unlike last years' postseason where the Rangers were beaten in five games in round one. Each time, it seems, his character is called into question. He did not speak to the media after the Canadiens held a team meeting Wednesday, but his teammates came to his defense just like Julien did.

"I thought the first 10 minutes we handled it pretty well and then a couple of breakaways you wish you could have capitalized on - at least one", Canadiens coach Claude Julien said.

"That's how I handle things". "Before I go to a game and I'm playing hockey with my kid and I hear my kid act like he's me and he's scoring a goal and he celebrates saying 'Pacioretty scores!' I mean, why do I ever get down on myself?"

"We know we can expect more out of him because we know he can score goals", Julien said, "but that doesn't make him a bad player".

Who takes home Game 5?

The same can be said for some of New York's top guns. The line shake up (Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich, Vesey-Stepan-Nash, Miller-Hayes-Zuccarello and Grabner-Lindberg-Fast) provided NY better overall speed and aided in the improved forecheck, which was a large component in the victory. The Canadiens tied the game with 17 seconds left in regulation and went on to win in overtime by a score of 4-3.

Note: Montreal defenceman Alexei Emelin is moving closer to a return after missing four with an undisclosed injury. In fact, Nash has been one of the Rangers' best offensive options during the first four games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Montreal Canadiens.

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