Not nearly enough left in the tank
Let's be honest: That was the most one-sided 1-0 game EVER!
Canadiens had five shots in the first period, five in the third.
Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves for his first shutout of these playoffs.
Heroic Dustin Tokarski made 31 saves.
That's not going to do it.
So let's admit the better team is moving on to the Stanley Cup final.
Where the Kings will KILL them!
Out of gas
Trailing 1-0, the Canadiens needed 9:46 to get a shot on goal.
One bad shift
The Canadiens showed signs of life as the second period progressed.
Henrik Lundqvist made an acrobatic save on Thomas Vanek to keep it scoreless.
But the Rangers fourth line came up with a dominant shift and Dominic Moore scored the game's first goal.
Shots were 8-8.
The Canadiens needed 7:38 to get their first shot on Henrik Lundqvist.
By the, the Rangers had nine on Dustin Tokarski.
The Canadiens' goaltender ade great saves on Derick Brassard, Ricka Nash and, twice, Mats Zuccarello.
Shots were 11-5.
Canadiens will startthe second period on a power play.
Fearless prediction: Neither team will score seven goals in Game 6.
Game 5 was a crowd-pleasing aberration. Teams are not supposed to combine for 11 goals in the playoffs – least of all in a conference final.
But maybe this year is different. The Hawks and Kings produced nine goals Wednesday night in a double-overtime Game 5 that kept Chicago alive in the Western Conference Final.
The greater likelihood, however, is we'll be watching a tight one Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, where Games 3 and 4 went to OT.
Despite home-ice advantage, the pressure will be on the Rangers. They don't want to go back to Montreal for Game 7.
The Canadiens are riding a string of three straight wins in elimination games, two against Boston and Game 5 against the Rangers.
The absence of Dale Weise is a monumental drag. Raphael Diaz, the guy the Canadiens sent to Vancouver to get Weise, is in for the Rangers.
Puck drops 8:10ish.
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