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 MONTREAL -- Its Brad Richards turn to be the old hand, tutoring his young New York Rangers teammates on what its like to win a Stanley Cup. Fake Oilers Jerseys . It wasnt like that in 2004, when Richards and teammate Martin St. Louis won the Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. "This whole playoffs its been fun to do that," the 34-year-old Richards said Tuesday. "When I was in Tampa, Marty also, we didnt really have a clue what we were doing. "We were first time through it, leaning on other people, older people, asking them all the questions. Its fun to try to gather the group and talk about things. This group has come together so much and they ask a lot of questions. They make fun of us a lot for doing that, too, but its fun to try to help out that way." The Rangers are two wins away from a trip to the Stanley Cup final after taking the opening two games of the NHL Eastern Conference final from the Canadiens in Montreal. They swamped the flat-footed Canadiens 7-2 in the series opener on Monday afternoon, but then needed a 40-save effort from goalie Henrik Lundqvist to pull out a 3-1 win in a major Montreal push-back on Monday night. Game 3 is set for Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. In 2004, the Canadiens came back to beat Boston in the opening round but then were swept by the Lightning. This year, Montreal is again coming off a Game 7 win over the Bruins and is in danger of losing in four straight to the Rangers. That has Richards, a P.E.I. native who played junior hockey in Quebec with the 2000 Memorial Cup champion Rimouski Oceanic, and Montreal native St. Louis at 6-0 in career playoff games against the Canadiens. Their message to teammates who havent won a Cup is to not let the opportunity slip away. "Weve been to the conference final twice in three years, thats very rare," said Richards. "Look at teams around the league that you think are going to have chances to win Cups every year and it just doesnt happen. "Its very tough. I havent been back to a final since 04. I just try to hammer that stuff home." And despite taking the first two games on enemy ice, the conference final is far from over even if Montreals star goalie Carey Price is out with a suspected right knee injury for the rest of the series. The Canadiens had the puck most of the first period on Monday but came out of it down 2-1 due to an unlucky bounce on a shot from the red-hot Ryan McDonagh and blast on the rush from Rick Nash that was perhaps third-string goalie Dustin Tokarskis only big mistake. Montreal will no doubt come out hard again in Game 3. "Im sure they have more," said Richards. "And you dont always roll the dice that your goalies going to stop all those shots. "They could come with less and score two goals. You just never know. But youve got to give yourself an opportunity and thats by holding onto pucks and getting it down the other end. We did that in Game 1, but in Game 2... youre playing with fire is what Im trying to say." Montreal coach Michel Therrien said his team is confident it can still win the series if it gives up fewer odd-man rushes and keeps up the fast-paced game it brought on Monday night. "I believe that we will turn it around," said Therrien. "Yes, the first game was tough for us emotionally and physically. "We didnt get much time between Game 7 (against Boston) and Game 1 (against the Rangers), and it was an afternoon game. It shows in the result. But I thought we regrouped really well. We were a team that played with a lot of energy, that was pushing the pace, and we played a solid game." Therrien spoke to the media on a conference call while his players took what he said was a much-needed day off. They will practice on Tuesday before flying to New York. "The only thing that were going to focus on is to make sure weve got another solid game in New York," he said. "You get one win and after that, the momentum can change really quickly in the playoffs." There is also the chance of fatigue setting in on the Rangers, whose first two rounds went seven games each. Therrien touched off a debate by giving Tokarski his first NHL playoff start over regular backup Peter Budaj, who let in three goals on eight shots after subbing for Price in the third period of the series opener. It seemed like a hunch. The 24-year-old Tokarski, who has played only 10 NHL regular season games over five years with Tampa Bay and Montreal, has a history of winning championships at the junior and AHL levels, while Budaj has a career 0-2-0 NHL playoff record. It appeared Therrien will stick with Tokarski, at least for Game 3. He said Tokarski played well and wasnt the reason they lost. He also liked what he saw of Alex Galchenyuk, who missed the final two games of the regular season and the first 12 playoff games with a knee problem. The gifted forward taken third overall in the 2012 draft skated on left wing on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Thomas Vanek. "For a guy that hadnt played for six weeks, I thought he did well," said Therrien. "Especially because this is not regular season pace, this is a playoff pace. "I thought Alex was capable, made some plays. The more the series goes on, the more were going to see Alex get better and better." It should be a happy homecoming for Rangers sniper Nash, who was without a goal in the playoffs and endured some booing in New York before the team got to Montreal. Then he scored in each of the first two games. "Ive tried to stay positive through this whole thing," said Nash. "The teams winning, and thats all I care about. "But I want to do what I can to help the team win, and its frustrating when you cant help offensively and youre supposed to." After Game 2, coach Alain Vigneault said he had an inkling that Montreal would start Tokarski, who he referred to as "that gentleman." Asked if he had another inkling for Game 3, Vigneault said: "I do, but Im not willing to share it with you." Edmonton Oilers Gear .S. womens soccer team to a 2-0 win over China in Colorado in the afternoon. Edmonton Oilers Pro Shop . You can watch coverage on TSN, TSN2 and CTV beginning today at 3pm et/Noon pt. The championships will feature approximately 250 of Canadas best figure skaters in senior, junior and novice as they vie for spots on the national team, international assignments and will act as the final step in the 2014 Olympic qualification process.LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The banners are affixed to the rafters, and the Stanley Cup has been put away. The Los Angeles Kings finally got back to the everyday business of winning hockey with a boost from the line with the catchiest nickname from last seasons championship run.Kings linemates Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist in Los Angeles first victory of the season, 4-1 over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.Martin Jones made 29 saves for the Kings, who took a four-goal lead in the second period and cruised to their first win in three games. Los Angeles got a dominant game from That 70s Line — the jersey-number-inspired name for Carters line with youngsters Toffoli and Pearson.Right from camp, it kind of clicked for us, said Pearson, who still is technically a rookie despite his Stanley Cup ring. Chemistry is such a big thing in this league, and Im just trying to do my part. Winning the first (title) makes you hungry for another one. We started a little slow this season, but this one is progress.Anze Kopitar also scored and Drew Doughty had two assists for the Kings, who began a six-game homestand with the same type of physical, skilled hockey that led to a championship four months ago.The Kings were shut out by San Jose in their banner-raising home opener last Wednesday, and they blew an early two-goal lead before losing in overtime at Arizona on Saturday night.Were just playing a lot more connected then we did in the first two games, Kopitar said. And we didnt give up much.Bryan Little scored for Winnipeg, which lost two of three on its season-opening road trip, scoring just one goal in back-to-back weekend losses in California.Michael Hutchinson stopped 10 of 13 shots before getting pulled from his first start of the season and his fourth career NHL appearance. Ondrej Pavelec finished up the Jets second loss in two appearances at Staples Center.We knew they were going to come hard after dropping their first two games, and tthey did, Hutchinson said. Oilers Jerseys 2021. I know the third goal wasnt the best, and it came at a crucial point in the game.Blake Wheeler was still steamed about a hit by Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr on young Jets forward Mark Scheifele late in the second period. Wheeler, a U.S. Olympian and the Jets leading scorer last season, immediately instigated a fight with Regehr, earning 17 minutes in penalties.I felt like it was knee on knee, Wheeler said. And I feel like if it went the other way, it would have been the same (reaction), so no, I dont think I overreacted.Wheeler has two fights in the Jets first three games, and his penalties took him off the ice for much of the third period. Coach Paul Maurice doesnt mind.He didnt like the hit, Maurice said. Nobody did. And you want that reaction, rather than screaming at the ref. I like the way (Wheeler) plays, how hard he competes, and its a good example for our team.After Toffoli opened the scoring with a rebound goal, Kopitar got his first point of the season midway through the first period with a goal set up by Marian Gaborik, who also recorded his first point. Doughty assisted on both goals for his first multipoint game of the season after managing just four last year.Hutchinson couldnt squeeze a stoppable shot by Pearson early in the second period, and Maurice sent Pavelec over the boards.Shortly after Carter scored on Toffolis rebound late in the second, Little converted Michael Froliks rebound for his third goal in three games.Jones punctuated his sharp outing with a point-blank save on an undefended Andrew Ladd early in the third period.NOTES: Los Angeles D Jake Muzzin still hasnt played this season because of an undisclosed injury, but says he is close. Brayden McNabb played his third straight game in Muzzins place. ... Winnipeg opens a five-game homestand Thursday against Nashville. ... Jets F Evander Kane missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury that will keep him out for two weeks. ' ' ' 
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