Montreal Canadiens eliminated from NHL playoffs by N.Y. Rangers shutout

31 May 2014 8:10 AM | Deleted user

*As taken from the Globe & Mail. For the full article, please click here.

There was rage, and some heartbreak, with plenty of bewilderment and shock to go around.

Coming agonizingly close to every hockey player’s dream will do that to you.

No one picked the Montreal Canadiens to win the Eastern Conference at the beginning of these playoffs – let alone at the opening of the season – but they will rightly wonder what might have been.

“It’s tough to be proud right now,” said winger Max Pacioretty, who said the feeling in the Habs' room was they matched up more favourably against the New York Rangers than Boston, whom they defeated in the second round.

Added teammate P.K. Subban: “it weighs heavy no matter who you are, when you have an opportunity to go to a Stanley Cup final and you don’t go, it sucks. That’s pretty much it.”

Former Habs winger Michael Cammalleri said after their last conference final run, in 2010, the hardest part of losing at that stage is “you start believing what you’re capable of” by the third round.

So the Stanley Cup drought for Canadian teams will stretch into a 22nd year.

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