The Canadiens find themselves in a hole as they head to New York for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final against the Rangers Thursday night, but Montreal coach Michel Therrien believes his team can turn things around if it gets a few breaks.

“There are things that we need to get better, and I believe we gave up a little bit too many odd-man rushes,” Therrien said Tuesday during a conference call as he looked back at the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss in Game 2 Monday night at the Bell Centre. That loss left the Canadiens trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series that resumes Thursday night in New York (8 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

“Those are the little details that we’re capable to fix,” Therrien added. “But I like the way that we’re engaged in the game. I like the way that we approached the game. You know what, to win a hockey game you need some breaks and we didn’t have any breaks yesterday. The Rangers got their breaks and they capitalized on their breaks. We didn’t get some calls yesterday, but you know what, momentum changes really quickly in the playoffs. This is my experience. You get one win, and then after that, you know, the momentum can change really quick.”

The Canadiens’ performance in Game 2 was an improvement over the opening game in the series, which the Rangers won 7-2. Therrien admitted Tuesday that the Canadiens were physically and emotionally spent after a seven-game victory over the Boston Bruins in the conference semifinal and that’s one reason he gave his players a day off Tuesday. The Canadiens will practise Wednesday morning in Brossard before flying to New York.

“(We) didn’t get much time between Game 7 and Game 1, and it was an afternoon game and, obviously, it showed with the result,” Therrien said. “But I thought we regrouped really well from that first game. I thought yesterday we were a team that played with a lot of energy. I thought we were a team that’s pushing the pace, and we played a solid game.”

The Canadiens outshot the Rangers 41-30 in Game 2 and the margin would have been even greater if they hadn’t missed the net 22 times or had 17 shots blocked. The difference was Henrik Lundqvist, who has exorcised what demons have haunted him at the Bell Centre in the past. Over the first two games of the series, Lundqvist has stopped 60 of 63 shots for a .952 save percentage.

Dustin Tokarski made his National Hockey League playoff debut in goal for the Canadiens in Game 2 in place of the injured Carey Price and played well enough that he should get another start Thursday.

After Monday’s loss, defenceman Josh Gorges talked about the need to get more traffic in front of Lundqvist, but Therrien said the Rangers deserved a lot of credit for limiting Montreal’s second chances.

“We threw a lot of pucks on the net and they blocked a lot of shots,” Therrien said. “And at times we missed the net by a few inches, and guys were battling to get the rebounds. The Rangers did a phenomenal job to block players out and not give us the time for second chances. You know, like the first shift, we got some chances. Rene Bourque got three scoring chances on rebounds, but Lundqvist made those saves. Our plan was to get there, but in general the defence of the Rangers did a good job.”