Canadiens coach defends Pacioretty, shrugs off hit on Price

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Canadiens coach defends Pacioretty, shrugs off hit on Price

It was only their third game of the playoffs, and already the New York Rangers looked out of gas. This is a team that needs to play a near ideal game if they want to get passed Carey price and the Canadiens.

In both Rangers' victories, NY dictated the play and capitalized on their opportunities.

The Canadiens on the ice at the time wisely opted not to jump on Nash, who took a goalie interference penalty.

"I saw it, but still, I didn't get my arm up", Lundqvist said after the Rangers evened the best-of-seven series at 2. So, keep reading and you'll learn all you need to know to watch Canadiens vs Rangers game 4 online. NY has been excellent on the road this season and I think that continues here as they seem to have a way with the Canadiens and at this price they are worth a shot. The Rangers are 0-for-12 on the power play.

"Obviously, we're here to protect Carey", Canadiens centre Steve Ott said.

The Canadiens-Rangers matchup, featuring two teams known more for speed than muscle, has been surprisingly physical so far. "To do that, you've got to be able to roll four lines", Vigneault said.

"He's played some really solid hockey for us this year and, right now, he's doing what you want a goaltender to do: Give your team a chance", Vigneault said. He was going hard to the net. "In the second and third period we tried, but we weren't able to find the back of the net".

Pacioretty, a 35-goal scorer in the regular season, has one assist in four playoff games, although 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'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. We've got to do a better job of sticking with it, sticking with the system, and trusting it when you're down.

"That's how I handle things". Because a team's zone play is independent from (but certainly correlated to) their shot differentials, transitional data also provides a richer picture of how teams play their way to good or bad Corsi, Fenwick or Expected Goals numbers.

Pacioretty said Game 4 wasn't his best and he needs to be better.

"For me, it was important to play at a high pace".

The revamped lines and approach - carrying the puck when they able, and if not, dumping it softly in the offensive zone - enabled NY to forecheck and then cycle the puck. First-line players Kreider and Derek Stepan have yet to score. In my opinion, the hours before Game 5 would be much better used looking at solving the problem at the team level rather than at the player level.

Note: Montreal defenceman Alexei Emelin is moving closer to a return after missing four with an undisclosed injury.

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