Bring on the Rangers!
After beating the Bruins in Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston, the Canadiens will face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final series with Game 1 set for Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre (1 p.m., CBC, NBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
It marks the first time the Canadiens have advanced to the conference final since 2010, when they were eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers.
“Especially for the guys that have been here and were there in that run in 2010 and who were there when we lost Game 7 (to Boston in the 2011 conference quarterfinals), we’re just sick and tired of it,” Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban told reporters in Boston after Game 7. “Sick and tired of people disrespecting us and not giving us the credit that we deserve. We’re a good group of guys in here. We’re a character group and I think we earned a lot of respect (Wednesday).”
Added coach Michel Therrien: “To be able to do that accomplishment, to beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 in their building, I believe those guys have earned some respect. The respect, you’ve got to earn it, and I thought (Wednesday night), those guys earned it.”
The Canadiens were given the day off Thursday and will practise Friday in Brossard.
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