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Monday, May 19, 2014


            Earlier tonight in Montreal, Game 2 between the Habs and the New York Rangers. Dustin Tokarski got the start with Carey Price being out for the remainder of this round. Peter Budaj remained on the bench as a cheerleader for this game. 6 minutes in, Pacioretty fired a shot from the slot and it deflected off a Ranger player and in. 1-0 Montreal. 17 seconds later, McDonagh's shot from the point went off Gorges and in to make it 1-1. Later in the period, the Rangers came in on a 3 on 1 and Kreider (the man who injured Price) played the puck to Nash and he scored. 2-1. The shots were 14-9 Montreal in the first. 8 minutes into the second, the Rangers were on the powerplay on one of the worst tripping penalties I've ever seen. Stephan played the puck to St. Louis and he scored from the slot. 3-1. Throughout the second, Kreider and Puliout both went hard to the net and bumped into Tokarski several times. But nothing was called. 11-8 Rangers were the shots in period 2. No scoring in the third as Lundqvist made several amazing saves to win the game for the Rangers, 3-1 is the final. In the win, King Henrick made 40 saves. In the loss, Tokarski made 29 saves.

       " I chose to Start Tokarski because he's a winner," Therrien said. " I told Budaj this morning and he. Uh. Handled it like a pro."The Montreal Canadiens are in a tough spot now, down 0-2 in the series going back to New York. The main question for MTL is in the net... Who do they start? Peter Budaj or Dustin Tokarski? I think because Tokarski started this game, he has to start the next game. As for Budaj, this is a sign that his career in Montreal will be over come the summer time. This decision to start a rookie instead of a vet is a slap in the face for Budaj and he will no longer be a part of this great organization because of it.  The Canadiens will have to win Game 3 and 4 if they are going to have a shot at winning this series and they are well aware of that. Game 3 is Thursday at 8:08 pm E.t.

- Andrew Di Pardo

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