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Canadiens win Game 7, will face Rangers

May 15, 2014
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BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens came into TD Garden looking to advance to the Eastern Conference Final by knocking their biggest rival out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and for the respect that comes with such a victory.

They definitely did the first; they think the way they played means they should have the second.

Goalie Carey Price made 29 saves, and Dale Weise, Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere scored in the Canadiens' 3-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Wednesday.

"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," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said of his players. "The respect, you've got to earn it, and I thought [Wednesday night], those guys earned it."

Montreal trailed 3-2 in the best-of-7 series after losing 4-2 in Game 5, but Price allowed one goal in the final 125:58, which featured his 26-save shutout in Game 6. He had a shutout streak of 103:46 snapped when Bruins forward Jarome Iginla scored in the second period Wednesday.

"He's on a whole other level right now," Pacioretty said of Price.

Price's level helped the Canadiens return to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2010, when they were knocked out in five games by the Philadelphia Flyers. Montreal will face the New York Rangers for the 15th time in the playoffs, but it's the first meeting between the Original Six clubs since 1996.

Game 1 will be Saturday at Bell Centre (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), where Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist hasn't played in since Jan. 15, 2012 or won since March 17, 2009.


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