Canadiens' Subban says he must pick up his game

P.K. Subban at Canadiens' practice on Saturday. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

P.K. Subban at Canadiens' practice on Saturday. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

NEW YORK - If it weren’t for a lucky bounce in overtime, the Montreal Canadiens would be facing elimination Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

So can one good break lead to another?

The Habs would like to believe they are back in the Eastern Conference final, which they now trail 2-1 to the New York Rangers. But realistically, unless the team’s top players, such as defenceman PK Subban, start to pick things up, the series could still come to a swift conclusion.

“I still think we have a lot more to give,” Subban said following Saturday’s practice at Madison Square Garden. “I don’t think we’ve played our best hockey game yet in this series. I think there’s still another level for us to get to and we’ve got to get to it.

“We’ve gone through adversity in these playoffs, but we’ve done a really good job of sticking together and making sure we are focussed on the right things.”

The Rangers series has been a frustrating one for Subban, who has found himself a target of the Blueshirts throughout. He still leads the Habs in post-season scoring with 12 points, but has been blanked the past five games.

To his credit, Subban owned up to his struggles and the strain it may be putting on his teammates.

“I’m not happy with the way I’m playing,” Subban said. “I’m always trying to get better. I don’t think it’s about the Rangers paying more attention to me. I think it’s just about me picking up my game.

“There comes a point in time where you have to step up for your team and I’ve done that in the past. There’s no question I want to be better. I know there is a whole other level to my game I can bring.

“It’s just a matter of stepping up when the team needs you the most.”

Even though they


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