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BROSSARD, Que. -- The NHL Eastern Conference final will be more than just a rematch of the Sochi Olympic final between goaltenders Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist. But thats where much of the attention will be when the best-of-seven series opens Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre. Price completed a majestic Olympics as he allowed only three goals at the Winter Games in February and backstopped Canada to a 3-0 victory over Lundqvist and Sweden in the final to claim gold. He hopes to do it again in the battle of Original Six teams. "A big reason those two teams got to the gold medal game at the Olympics and why both these teams are here is goaltending," Brandon Prust, a former Ranger now skating on right wing for Montreal, said Friday. "Theyre two of the best goalies in the league, so its a great matchup there." It has been an uneven matchup in recent years however, which has to be a concern for the Rangers. The man they call King Henrik has a dreadful record when he plays in Montreal. In his career, Lundqvist is 4-5-2 at the Bell Centre with a whopping 3.87 goals-against average and .876 save percentage. He has been so bad, successive coaches John Tortorella and then Alain Vigneault have not given him the starting assignments at the Bell Centre. Lundqvists last game in Montreal was Jan. 15, 2012, when he let in four goals and was subbed by Martin Biron. Vigneault has confidence in his No. 1 goalie, however. "I cant comment on what happened in the past," he said. "All I can say is that Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the NHL. "Hes a goalie that excels under pressure and as far as I know, there is no place in the NHL where he doesnt play well." This season, Cam Talbot started both meetings at the Bell Centre, earning his first career shutout in a 1-0 win on Nov. 16 and losing 1-0 in the regular-season finale for both clubs on April 12. Lundqvist started at home on Oct. 28 and lost 2-0 to Montreal backup Peter Budaj. "I dont think he ever played here when I was with the Rangers," said Prust. "Marty Biron always played here. "I dont think its going to be a big factor in the series. Hes a top goalie for a reason. Weve just got to make sure were getting on him right away, getting lots of shots, getting lots of traffic and just causing some havoc around there to keep that confidence away." Lundqvists last win in Montreal was a 4-3 shootout victory on March 9, 2009. His troubles seem to go back to a wild game in 2008 when the Canadiens stormed back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the visiting Rangers. Then again, the entire Rangers team has struggled in Montreal, scoring only four goals in their last nine visits. Montreal winger Max Pacioretty isnt counting on Lundqvist crumbling at this point of the post-season. "Hes obviously a world-class goaltender and that whole mental block that you mentioned can change with one save in the first period of Game 1," said Pacioretty. "If we get worried about things we cant control, thats when we start to get away from our game." When hes not facing Montreal, Lundqvist is spectacular. He leads playoff goalies with a .931 save percentage to go with a sterling 1.99 GAA. He was especially solid as the Rangers came back from a 3-1 series deficit in their conference semifinal against Pittsburgh, allowing one goal in each of three straight wins. Price pretty much matched that as Montreal overcame a 3-2 deficit against Boston, allowing one goal in the final two games. He has also matched Lundqvists 1.99 average, to go with a .928 save percentage. "Its not always making the amount of saves, its making saves at the right time and I think hes really figured that out," Pacioretty said of Price. "In that series, every game you could say he made huge saves at the right time and it changed the momentum of the game." In Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night, Price took the unusual initiative of standing up in the dressing room after the second period with Montreal leading only 2-1 to deliver a speech about staying calm. "Careys a leader," added Pacioretty. "Hes a man of few words, but when he speaks he knows the right things to say. "Hes been a leader since Day One that Ive been here, but right now its at a whole other level. I want to play for a guy like that and Im happy to see him step up like this." The Rangers and Canadiens will meet for the 15th time in the post-season. The teams are 7-7 against each other so far, with New York taking their last meeting in 1996. On the ice, they are similar teams, relying on speed, skill and goaltending to win, so it could make for entertaining, end-to-end hockey even if all three regular-season meetings were low scoring. The Rangers only goal against the Canadiens this season was from Ryan Callahan, who was dealt at the trade deadline to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis. "Theyre a lot like our team," said Montreal winger Dale Weise, another former Ranger. "Theyve got a lot of skill and speed up front and their small guys really compete, so its going to be a great matchup." For Montreal, it will be a second straight Original Six matchup against a team with a former Canadiens coach. They beat Boston and coach Claude Julien in the conference semifinal and now face New York and Alain Vigneault, who coached in Montreal from 1997 to 2001. The Rangers lineup features ex-Habs Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot and Raphael Diaz. And their top defenceman Ryan McDonagh was drafted by the Canadiens in 2007 but dealt to New York as part of a trade that brought the since-departed Scott Gomez to Montreal. The Canadiens look like theyll start the series with the same lineup they had in Boston, with rookie Nathan Beaulieu on the third defence pair with veteran Mike Weaver. They will soon have the option of using gifted young forward Alex Galchenyuk, who missed the opening two rounds of playoffs with a knee injury. Galchenyuk was cleared for contact practices and was on the ice Friday, but coach Michel Therrien said he will need more practice time before he can be used. "Its obviously tough not to play in the playoffs," said Galchenyuk. "You wait the whole year to be in this position, but Ive got to deal with it." Robert Woods Womens Jersey . First, the Red Wings scored the tying goal after officials missed the puck hitting the protective netting, then the Kings wound up losing in a shootout. That could affect playoff positioning in the Eastern and Western Conferences, and thats a concern for everyone. Todd Gurley II Youth Jersey . 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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. -- Lindsey Vonn needs the confidence that Lake Louise gives her more than ever. The U.S. ski star has won a record 14 World Cup ski races at the Alberta resort, but Vonn wasnt yet certain after Wednesdays training run shes ready to race at Lake Louise this year. Downhill races are scheduled for Friday and Saturday followed by a super-G on Sunday. The reigning Olympic womens downhill champion completed her first official training run for a World Cup race since crashing and tearing ligaments in her right knee at the world championships in February. Vonn then partially tore one of those reconstructed ligaments while training in Copper Mountain, Colo., two weeks ago. So the 29-year-old admitted feeling nervous in the start hut Wednesday in a place shes so dominant that its nicknamed "Lake Lindsey." "Of course a little bit nervous," Vonn said. "Really happy to be back. First training run, first kind of real race situation since February, so its been a long time and Im really happy." "Knee feels good, feels stable and just kind of play it by ear tomorrow and make a decision on the race." Carolina Ruiz Castillo of Spain was fastest in training in one minute 57.40 seconds, followed by Germanys Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Slovenias Tina Maze in third. Vonn was 2.13 seconds back of Castillo in 22nd. Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., is the lone Canadian and was 25th. Vonn appeared to wear a brace on her right knee Wednesday. She was pulled away from reporters by a U.S. Ski Federation official after less than a minute of questions, but did say before departing her decision to race will depend on how her knee reacts to training. Another training run is scheduled for Thursday. "The biggest thing is making sure theres no swelling so the quad can react appropriately and fire appropriately," Vonn said. Because of the setback in her knee, Vonn was forced to sit out last weekends World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colo. She requires more surgery, but wants to postpone the procedure until after the Winter Olympics in February. "Im just trying to make sure things are good with my knee and build confidence every day," Vonn said.dddddddddddd. "Sochi is obviously quite a ways away, so Im trying to stay focused and focus on my knee and get the confidence back." Vonn and golf star Tiger Woods revealed earlier this year they were in a relationship. Vonn accompanied Woods to tournaments during the summer, but he is not in Lake Louise. Woods is hosting the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and participated in the pro am Wednesday. Vonn has races through trials and tribulations to some of her victories at Lake Louise, which gives her an aura of invincibility at the resort. Shes achieved a "Lake Louise hat trick", which is winning both downhills and the super-G, each of the last two years. Including her super-G win in 2010, shes won a record seven straight World Cup races. Vonn won the first of her two downhills last year by 1.73 seconds, which is a gaudy margin considering tenths of seconds separate racers. She did this despite arriving in Alberta drained of energy from a stomach ailment that hospitalized her for two nights earlier that month. She was also under considerable pressure to win after shed asked the world governing body of the sport to let her compete in the mens World Cup on the same mountain. FIS denied her request. Her sweep in 2011 came a few days after she announced she was divorcing Thomas Vonn, her husband of four years. Vonn executed an incredible piece of skiing in 2010 in a race she didnt win. She went down on her left hip entering a section of the course named Fall Away, but made an impressive recovery on the slopes face. Vonn finished second in that downhill to Hoefl-Riesch. In 2009, Vonn crossed the finish line with blood dribbling from her mouth. Her knee connected with her chin during the race, yet Vonn still won the first of her two downhills that year. "Im so confident on this hill and I felt like this was the perfect place for me to come back," Vonn said. "Of course, I would have liked to come back at Beaver Creek, but it didnt work out. "Hopefully this weekend will be good, but I have to play by it by ear and make a decision Thursday on whether I start competing on Friday." Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ' ' '


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