MONTREAL-It's time to see what this Montreal Canadiens team is really made of.
The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers meet Saturday in game six of the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs at Madison Square Garden.
Game 4 was one of New York's most complete efforts of the series thus far, limiting Montreal to just 24 shots.
"But now it's done and we have to get ready for the next game".
While Montreal waits for its captain's offense to return, it could welcome back another important part of its game: defenseman Alexei Emelin.
The goaltenders. Outside of a rambunctious seven-goal Game 2, this series has been defined by its goaltenders.
"In this game, you learn that you've just got to play", he said. It's not like it was in junior hockey, where you have two powerhouses that are going to make it to the final pretty much no matter what. "If you have character, this is the time that belief is going to come out of your group".
One by one, Claude Julien and some of his Montreal Canadiens players stood in front of a semicircle of microphones and recorders and reiterated versions of the same mantra.
"Both teams are walking the line", he said.
The New York Rangers are an experienced playoff team that's been in these spots before and usually show up when they need a victory. "This is their chance to show it again".
The Canadiens loss puts them down 3-2 in the series, one loss away from elimination. This has been a back and forth series between two evenly matched teams with things tied up with two wins apiece. Weber tried to take Nash, allowing Skjei to have a wide open opportunity at the side of the net for a rebound, tying the game at 2-2 with only 1:32 remaining. "We have to put our energy there".
Of course they will face pressure. For us, it's to survive.
"You've got to do it verbally in the playoffs", said defenceman Nathan Beaulieu. Max is not the only guy who hasn't scored yet. "I even had some of the refs saying 'You're on the line right now, ' and I respect that because I know where I'm at", he said.
The two teams traded chances before a fight between Shaw and Brendan Smith. The trick is to get the job done while avoiding anything that will give the other side a power play.
The Rangers expected even more intensity from the Canadiens on Saturday night. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on USA. David Pastrnak added a second-period Bruins goal to spark the comeback.
Not only have the Blues successfully screened goaltender Devan Dubnyk, but the Wild have done little to distract Blues goalie Jake Allen, who has stopped 114 of those 117 shots.
The Canadiens were the better team for the first half of Game 5, jumping ahead to a deserved 2-1 lead after the first period.
Julien knows what it takes to win a Stanley Cup, accomplishing the feat behind the Boston bench in 2011 after beating the Canadiens in OT of Game 7 in the first round.
New York's win also ended a six-game losing streak at home in the playoffs going back to the 2015 Eastern Conference Final.
Patrick Marleau, Marcus Sorensen and David Schlemko also scored for San Jose, Brent Burns had three assists and Martin Jones made 23 saves for his fourth playoff shutout.