Rangers even series with Canadiens

Posted April 20, 2017

"They wanted to compete, wanted to battle and wanted the puck on their sticks".

The question always comes back to: Where would the Habs be if Pacioretty produced more than one assist in the first four games? We played a better game. They've also dropped each of their last five home playoff games.

3rd Star: Torrey Mitchell - Mitchell scored the Canadiens only goal and, along with Steve Ott and Dwight King, gave the Canadiens some much needed energy in a game where they were far less determined than the Rangers.

Injuries forced them to somewhat abandon that strategy, but with a seemingly healthy roster, Alain Vigneault has opted for grind. "They executed a pretty good game plan. He made the right play when it was there and was key to get that goal for us".

Unlike Game 2 in Montreal, where the Rangers couldn't protect a one-goal lead late, they got the job done Tuesday night despite almost allowing the equalizer when Habs' defenseman Shea Weber's shot from the point clanked off the post. The Habs were already 0-2 on the power play for the night but did find their game and applied some pressure, highlighted by a quickly released shot by Lekhonen in the slot and a nice save by Lundqvist on a point shot in traffic.

The New York Rangers were within 18 seconds of taking a commanding 2-0 lead with two road wins, setting up a clear path to a first-round win and nullifying this very column idea.

"Every time you win you kind of change the momentum", Plekanec said. "So we worked really hard until the end and made some big plays and some big blocks when we had to".

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CALGARY, Alberta | Corey Perry scored 1:30 into overtime and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from three goals down to take a 3-0 series lead in the first-round series. Andrew Shaw failed to finish a breakaway on Lundqvist who turned away Shaw's attempt confidently.

Fast opened the scoring at 11:39 with his first of the of the playoffs.

In the second period, the Rangers were outplayed by the Canadiens yet again. It is the right move, as the Rangers need to employ a more offensive unit, as it could jump start their speed game.

To start the third period, the Rangers committed another penalty, this time to Mats Zuccarello for a four-minute minor.

Montreal coach Claude Julien said he would announce any potential lineup changes Sunday before adding an illness has "been going around" the team. "In the playoffs, you can't afford any weak links and we didn't have any". The One Where Tomas Plekanec Scores With 17.3 Seconds Left In The Third Period - or 29 more than Price. That gave the Blueshirts a 2-1 lead they would take into the third period. Ryan McDonagh kept the puck in the zone and sent a nice pass to Nash near the front of the net and he slipped a backhand past Price at 4:28 for his second of the series.

"I told him first playoff game", said Vigneault of a pre-game conversation with Buchnevich. For fans who have followed the past decade of playoff runs, this is an early sign of a troubling trend: The Rangers failure to close out and limit their playoff games hurts their playoff outlook. D Nick Holden was also in the lineup.

And, in doing so the Rangers - gasp - won a playoff game at Madison Square Garden, snapping a six-game losing streak dating to Game 2 of the 2015 Eastern Conference final against the Lightning.