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will be looking to rebound from their most lop-sided loss of the season on Thursday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Bell Centre.The Canadiens were defeated 7-1 by the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday to close out a three-game road trip that had started with wins over the Ottawa Senators and the Chicago Blackhawks.It was a disgrace Boston Bruins T-Shirts Authentic , forward Nicolas Deslauriers told We had a game plan. Things were going well on this trip. We had an opportunity to pick up another win, but we didnt start well and we had to play from behind. We left our goaltender to try and do the impossible and thats what happens in those kinds of situations.Article continues below ...Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi, playing for the first time since Nov. 23, gave up seven goals on 24 shots before being pulled. Carey Price is expected to get the start against the Hurricanes, who defeated the Canadiens 2-1 in their last meeting at Bell Centre Nov. 27.The Canadiens (15-11-5) are holding onto the second wild card position in the Eastern Conference.We can choose to look at this two ways, Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher told the teams website. It can crush us for a few games or it can show the type of character we have in this locker room. Honestly, I dont think weve been tested like this in this locker room this year, so I think its a good opportunity for us to respond and show the character we have in this locker room.I think we need to regroup here and understand the mistakes that we made. Not only the mistakes, the compete level, the battle level and the work ethic thats been there, for the most part, all year.Offence has been the issue for the Hurricanes (13-12-4) and in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes have been held to two goals or less in six of their past seven games (2-4-1) and to one goal or fewer in five of those games. Carolina is coming off a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Tuesday.We said it before the game Boston Bruins Hoodies Authentic , that we were playing one of the best offensive teams in the league and we needed everyone on board tonight, Hurricanes coach Rod BrindAmour told They didnt have to play great, but everyone needed a good game, and I dont think we got that.Were not committed enough to doing it every single time were out there, Carolina forward Justin Williams, who scored against the Maple Leafs, told That was a tough one because we were right there. The Hurricanes were tied 1-1 with the Maple Leafs after Williams scored at 12:44 of the second period.We had that game 1-1 and we were hanging in there, but we lost some battles on the walls and the second goal deflated us, BrindAmour said. The third one broke our backs. The bench just felt like that was it, and it was.The Hurricanes placed veteran forward Jordan Staal on injured reserve with a concussion on Wednesday. He had missed the previous two games. The Hurricanes called up their leading scorer for their American Hockey League affiliate in Charlotte, forward Janne Kuokkanen, who has 11 goals and 16 assists and is eighth in the AHL with 27 points. He was the No. 42 pick in the 2016 NHL draft.Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland left the game against the Maple Leafs in the first period with an upper body injury. He missed the previous four games with a concussion. WASHINGTON (AP) Facing elimination at home Boston Bruins Hats Authentic , the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.The goal was to finish checks on Tampa Bay Lightning players as much as possible, though at one point Devante Smith-Pelly decked Dan Girardi and took teammate Jay Beagle down with him.I apologized to him, Smith-Pelly said. I said sorry. He didnt seem to care.Sorry, not sorry.The Capitals made no apologies for taking the body and grinding out a physical 3-0 victory Monday night that tied the playoff series and set up a deciding Game 7. T.J. Oshie had a goal on the power play and into an empty net, Smith-Pelly scored a back-breaker and Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots, but it was the bruising style that kept the Capitals alive and could still pay more dividends.Youve got to wear them down, Smith-Pelly said. Every game, if guys are going to be playing 25, 30 minutes, its tough when youre getting hit every single shift. Weve been on the body all game and all series. If it shows up in Game 7 where guys are starting to get tired, then it was all worth it.Game 7 is Wednesday night at Tampa Bay. The winner faces the Vegas Golden Knights, who are in the Stanley Cup Final in their first season.Alex Ovechkin Custom Boston Bruins Jerseys , Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik led the charge in the grueling Game 6, throwing their bodies around all night like human wrecking balls. Orpik separated Cedric Paquette from the puck twice on one shift, Ovechkin leveled rookie Yanni Gourde and Wilson was his usual self, dishing out a handful of crushing body checks.The Capitals outhit the Lightning 39-19 and outshot them 34-24, bruising and battering them all over the ice.Its desperation, really, Orpik said. You try to empty the tank as much as you can. Thats probably one area where we have an edge is the size and physical play.That edge was noticeable in Game 6 when Washington fired up an already-raucous crowd well before Oshies power-play goal 15:12 into the second period. While Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was again on top of his game in stopping 31 of 33 shots, Orpik said the Capitals wanted to give back to fans for their energy and did so by laying out Lightning players.From Wilsons big hit on Paquette on his first shift through the time Smith-Pelly scored with 9:58 left, the physical play took a toll on the Lightning, who didnt have the energy left to muster a late comeback. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said simply the Capitals executed their game plan and the Lightning didnt respond.They played with that desperate hockey and we should have matched it and we didnt, winger Ryan Callahan said. They played like their lives were on the line, and we played like we had another chance and thats unfortunate , but weve got to change the script now in Game 7.Tampa Bay had no answer for the physicality with a hit disparity coach Jon Cooper chalked up as, Somebody was engaged and somebody wasnt. The Lightning also couldnt solve Holtby, who was at his best on a handful of deflection attempts to record his first shutout of these playoffs.I was just trying to stay in the moment, focus on one puck at a time, Holtby said. I try and stay the same level through the game.The Lightning missed a chance to close out an opponent for the first time in these playoffs. They eliminated New Jersey and Boston in five games apiece but are now on the brink themselves.The Capitals improved to 10-2 in the Ovechkin/Nicklas Backstrom era when facing elimination any time before Game 7. Theyre 3-7 in Game 7 over that time but will obviously take their chances after grinding their way back to 3-3 in the series.I think its great that were close, Oshie said. I think both teams for the most part figured out what works against the other team. Its just a matter of whos going to play longer, harder and do more of it.NOTES: Washington improved to 4-5 at home in the playoffs. The Lightning dropped to 5-2 on the road. An assist on Oshies first goal extended Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsovs point streak to nine games, tied with Backstrom in 2009 for the longest in franchise playoff history. F Andre Burakovsky returned to the Capitals lineup after being a healthy scratch for Game 5, replacing Alex Chiasson.


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