The Montreal Canadians and New York Rangers sure put on a show in game three of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night in New York.
The Montreal Canadians desperately needed a win to stay alive in the series and thanks to a heroic effort from rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski, the Canadians got what they required.
The 24 year old stopped 35 shots on the night and stood on his head to give Montreal a well deserved 3-2 win over the Rangers.
With the win, the Montreal Canadians now trail 2-1 in the series.
Tokarski truly was in inspired form last night. He pushed himself to the brink of exhaustion to claim his first ever playoff victory. The rookie stopped Rangers veteran Martin St. Louis point blank on two separate occasions.
He was able to keep his composure after falling behind and kept the game close. As a result, the Montreal Canadians were able to rally and come from behind to steal a win on the road.
Veteran defencemen Andrea Markov tied the game, with his first goal of the playoffs early in the second period. Then veteran Daniel Brier scored a goal with less than five minutes left in the third to give the Canadians what looked to be the game winner.
But with less than a minute to go an unfortunate deflection off of Montreal’s Elexei Emelin gave the Rangers the tying goal. Chris Kreider was credited with the goal which added to Carl Hagelin opener for the Rangers.
But less than two minutes into overtime, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk was able to deflect a Max Paciorrety shot past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to win it in overtime for the Habs.
This shocked many who had expected New York to go and win the game after Kreider scored the tying goal. The Montreal Canadians never gave up however.
They peppered Lundqvist with shots all game and used their speed to break up the Rangers defencemen. The Montreal players all did a wonderful job crashing the Rangers net and beating the Rangers to the few rebounds that Lundqvist let out.
Brandon Prust and PK Subban played a very physical game that frustrated the Rangers all throughout the game. There was a combined total of 53 hits at the conclusion of this game.The Montreal Canadians also blocked a total of 22 shots throughout the game as well
In the end, the Montreal Canadians deserved to win this game and the pressure is on the Rangers to respond and take back the momentum.
It will be interesting to see if Rick Nash, Ryan Mcdonagh and Henrik Lundqvist will be able to carry the Rangers to victory. However, if Alex Galchenyuk can continue scoring and Tokarski plays well, the Rangers could be in a lot of trouble.
Game four is slated for Saturday and it is sure to be a classic.
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