Veteran Martin St. Louis scored less than ten minutes into overtime to give the Ne York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadians Sunday night.
With the win, the Rangers have a chance to close out the series on the road on Tuesday night.
Carl Hagelin started the scoring for the home team with a shorthanded goal early in the first period that ignited the crowd and stunned the Montreal Canadians. Derick Brassard also scored a breakway goal for the Rangers whilst Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to get the Rangers the win and the 3-1 lead in the series.
This game was one of the most evenly matched games in the playoffs so far. There was lots of end to end action and both teams used their speed affectively to gain the zone and get some quality scoring chances.
Both teams ended the game with 29 shots on goal, and both goalies made key saves to keep the game close, with the defensemen doing a fantastic job blocking shots on both sides of the ice.
In the end, it came down to one mistake by Montreal’s Andrea Markov, with the defenceman giving the puck away at the blueline. This led to a pass to Martin St. Louis who, left all alone in the slot, settled the puck down and just ripped a shot past Tokarski.
This is a very tough loss for the Montreal Canadians to take. They tied the game twice with goals from Francis Boulilon and P.K. Subban. They hit the post late in the third period as well.
Dustin Tokarski stood on his head yet again stopping wave after wave of shots from the Rangers. It certainly wasn’t his fault that they lost this game. In fact, the Rangers were very fortunate to get the win.
After all, the Canadians did get eight powerplay opportunities in the game, but were only able to convert on one of them. That combined with a lazy change that led to Brassard scoring was what killed the Montreal Canadians in this game.
Ranger’s defencemen Ryan Mcdonagh, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal did a wonderful job taking away Montreal’s shooting lanes on the powerplay. They charged the points and gave Montreal’s powerplay units very little time to set up.
But despite the heroic efforts of the Rangers defence, Montreal will undoubtedly come away feeling they should have converted on at least two of their powerplays.
But that didn’t happen and now the Montreal Canadians have a huge mountain to climb. This was a huge missed opportunity for the Canadians. However, they are heading home and if they can gain some momentum with a win at home, anything can happen.
Game five is set for Tuesday night in Montreal and it will be a must watch to see if P.K. Subban and Takarski can keep their team alive in the series.
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