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WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers (Game 4)

May 25, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

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Brendan Gallagher, Henrik Lundqvist AP

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers haven’t played each other since the Habs won Game 3 in overtime, and that extra day off has been glaring. Clearly, these two teams are anxious to get back on the ice as the war of words just keeps building and building.

Through all the blustery behavior, the importance of Game 4 is clear: the Rangers can take a commanding* 3-1 series lead with a win while the Canadiens can tie things up 2-2 if they come out on top. You can watch the game on NBC and/or via the livestream link below:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

With Derek Stepan sidelined thanks to a broken jaw, Derick Brassard‘s return is just that much more important. Even if the Habs won’t take it easy on him.

The good news is that the action on the ice has been just as compelling as the surprisingly snippy discussions have been off the ice, so Game 4 should be appointment viewing for hockey fans.

* – Though not clinching, of course, since the Rangers came back from a 3-1 deficit in round two.

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