And now their series against Montreal is even.
"It wasn't mistake-free and no games are", said Julien after the Canadiens' 3-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series on Sunday.
"We look forward to playing in front of our own fans", Lundqvist said to the New York Daily News. "They wanted to compete, wanted to battle and wanted the puck on their sticks".
The win snapped New York's six game losing streak at home in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"We can't afford any weak links and we didn't have any tonight". And when Montreal's defense has faltered, Carey Price has been there to pick up the pieces, allowing one goal on 21 shots. "But you know, it's one game at a time, looking to get better". Many Canadiens players can not credibly make the same claim on this night.
Montreal went into Madison Square Garden in Game 3 and won 3-1, behind the strong play of Alexander Radulov. The Habs were already 0-2 on the power play for the night but did find their game and applied some pressure, highlighted by a quickly released shot by Lekhonen in the slot and a nice save by Lundqvist on a point shot in traffic.
Although the Rangers lost 4-3 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 on Friday, they still stole home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series by virtue of their 2-0 victory in Game 1. The Rangers are chasing so far behind Montreal in that loop that they're about to be lapped. "I felt like we had a few more chances, but in the end it's about finding a way to win".
Add in a pair of power play goals and the Canadiens cruised to an easy 3-1 victory on Sunday. NY should come out strong early, but eventually that will fade and the Canadiens will get back to playing the better hockey in the last two periods.
The Canadiens tied it late in the period. Radulov earned his fourth assist of the series on the play.
Following an effort to forget in Game 3, the New York Rangers came out hungry tonight and attacked the Montreal Canadiens from start to finish.More news: Oil steadies as OPEC boost offsets dent from U.S. supply
"In the playoffs, teams make adjustments and we have to be ready for the next game", Julien said.
"I think that will be the message I'm sending to the group tonight", Stepan said Tuesday morning. The One Where Tomas Plekanec Scores With 17.3 Seconds Left In The Third Period - or 29 more than Price. That gave the Blueshirts a 2-1 lead they would take into the third period. Nash tucked the puck through Price's legs for the go-ahead goal.
The Rangers bench boss chose to actually alter his forward complement in Game 4 after a wholesale lackluster Game 3 effort. D Nick Holden was also in the lineup.
The Rangers' returning players need to step up also.
So if the Rangers want to turn the page on their regular-season struggles at home, it will start with the back end turning the page on the struggles it had in Game 2. Even though Zuccarello scored a goal, his play adversely affected the rest of his team.
And now the series is a best-of-three.
The Canadiens are 10-3 in their last 13 conference quarterfinal games and 6-1 in their last seven road games while the Rangers are 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games and 1-5 in their last six against the Atlantic.
Blue Jackets 5, Penguins 4 • Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist and host Columbus held on to beat Pittsburgh, avoiding a sweep in the series.
NY pulled Lundqvist for an extra attacker with more than four minutes to go, and Skjei finally broke through.