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The Canadiens look dejected in Game 1.
The Canadiens were as high as could be after their Round 2 upset of the Boston Bruins. Just a few days later, they're at the lowest point of their 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs run.
After two home games of the Eastern Conference Final, they're down 2-0. They've been humiliated in front of their home crowd, they've lost their best player and they didn't win a game that they should have.
There is going to be some serious doubt creeping into their minds as they head to New York for Games 3 and 4.
The Canadiens need to believe in themselves if they're going to win a few games in this series. They need to sit back and focus on the positives that have gotten them this far.
They have already proved they can play with, and beat, the best teams in the league. They've been the better team in four of the six periods in this series. Their third-string goalie has shown that he's up for the challenge of helping the Canadiens win.
These are the positives that the Habs need to focus on moving forward.
Montreal just needs to win a couple games and this is a brand new series. If they need inspiration, they just need to look back a week. Boston took a 3-2 series lead before the Habs won two in a row to take the series.
If they need more inspiration, they could look at their opponent. Down 3-1 last series, the Rangers were booed off their own ice and written off by most. Then they won three straight games to advance.
The point is this: Teams win two (or more) games in a row all the time in the playoffs and the Canadiens are certainly capable of doing so in this series.
Coming back against the Rangers won't be easy, but it's possible. They first need to believe in themselves if they hope to do so.
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