New York Rangers look for more heroics against the Canadiens

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Ryan Strome #16 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck under pressure

It was spectacular but the New York Rangers will be hoping for a more straightforward night when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

Despite staring a four-goal deficit in the face, the New York Rangers stunned the Montreal Canadiens by coming back and clinching a 6-5 decision at the Bell Centre on October 23.

Tonight is the rematch between the Blueshirts and the Canadiens, and both teams played on Thursday night.

The Rangers didn’t play their best game in Columbus, but still won the game, while Montreal was put to the sword by an elite Colorado Avalanche team.

Tonight is important for New York who will want to sign off at MSG with a win before they hit the road for a four-game swing that will start in Vegas and then run through California.

Montreal will no doubt be out for revenge, however, and the pressure is on after they have dropped nine of their last 10 games, which is just shocking.

Both teams will be playing on tired legs and whoever lands the first blow of the night will be in a strong position to go on and claim a big W.

Head-to-head

As already mentioned, the Rangers did battle with the Canadiens a couple of weeks ago and it was an absolute thriller.

The Canadiens raced into a four-goal lead and were completely dominant, but the Rangers showed an abundance of character to come fighting back.

Filip Chytil, Pavel Buchnevich and Brendan Lemieux made it a one-goal game heading into the third period and, while Artturi Lehkonen did respond for Montreal, the Rangers didn’t let that deter them.

Artemi Panarin, Lemieux and Jacob Trouba finished the mission for New York and it was a stunning win.

There will be just one more meeting between these two franchises after tonight, which will take place on February 27, in Montreal.

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