BROSSARD — On most days during the playoffs, the Canadiens practice facility in Brossard is packed; sometimes two rows deep with fans.
But on Monday, the crowd was much smaller, and the sense of optimism was just as low.
“They need a miracle, at least one miracle,” Habs fan Pierre Fortin told Global News.
The Canadiens are on the brink of elimination after a crushing overtime loss Sunday night.
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New York leads the series 3 games to 1 heading into Game 5 on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
“It was a heart-breaker,” Habs captain Brian Gionta told reporters on Monday. “We have to find ways to win.”
They’re disappointed, but players appear very confident they could come back.
The team played in two do-or-die games against the Boston Bruins in round two, and won both games.
“We’ve got to win three games in row,” Habs forward Rene Bourque noted. “Everybody believes we can do it.”
“It’s not over, I didn’t see one guy with his head down Sunday night,” Habs forward Tomas Plekanec said. “We’ve got to be ready to go next game.”
The New York Rangers have scored the first goal in all four games, and have done an excellent job killing penalties.
The Canadiens are a dismal 1-for-17 on the powerplay against the Blueshirts.
Puck drop is 8 pm ET on Tuesday.
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