As the hangover from the Penguins’ and the Bruins’ runs in the playoffs dissipates, Lucic still unapologetic and heads rolling in Pittsburgh, the Canadiens’ and Rangers’ dream date for eastern conference supremacy looms large.
The last time these two original six iconic hockey powerhouses met in the playoffs was 1996 when the Rangers came from a 2-0 deficit to prevail in six games.
As for when they last hoisted Lord Stanley – it was the ‘94 Rangers under Mark Messier and the Habs in ‘93 with Patrick Roy stifling Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings. That was 21 years ago and was the last time any Canadian-based franchise took home the cup.
Fast forward to today and the modern game with less scoring – the key to this series will be the play between the pipes. For the Rangers, perennial all-star and Vezina winner Henrik Lundqvist will battle Sochi gold medal backstopper Carey Price.
So far this season they have met three times – and all three games ended in a shutout with Montreal taking the series two games to one.
To help you decide which way the series will go – we have added this nifty infographic of how the two teams match up.