Canadiens Can Win Because…
They finally found their bearings. Young goaltender Dustin Tokarski played great in Game 3 (Carey Price couldn’t have played better), and the Habs finally found a way through Henrik Lundqvist. The best part is they only took 25 shots to get three goals.
Montreal played disciplined in Game 3, only allowing the
Rangers two man-advantages with no power play goals, which is different than
how Games 1 and 2 went. The Habs have finally righted the ship. Now, they just
need to stay the course.
The New York Rangers Can Win Because…
Tokarski isn’t going to play this good in Game 4. Let’s face it: he’s just 24-years-old. He faced 37 shots in Game 3 and was lucky to only allow two goals. If the Rangers keep firing away, they’re going to get through him in Game 4.
The Rangers had more opportunities than the Habs in Game
3 and – for the most part – outplayed them. If they do the same in Game 4,
they’ll get the bounces this time.
Outlook & Pick
The Habs got their confidence back in Game 3. Tokarski has now played two good games in a row and the team believes in him. On top of that, they now know they can beat Lundqvist, who was shaky in Game 3 after stone-walling the Habs in Games 1 and 2.
The Rangers were a sub-.500 home team this season (20-21)
and that means playing at Madison Square Garden isn’t necessarily an advantage
for them. That being the case, I’ll take a shot with the Habs for my NHL picks
in Game 4 and expect them to tie this series up.
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