New York Rangers Look to Even the Score Against Montreal


"We have to at least find a way to get momentum off the power play instead of giving them momentum...if we can find ways to stay out of the box and limit their chances (that's good), but it's just executing, which is one of our main focuses for (Game 4) Tuesday". "Just sticking with it, sticking with the system, trusting it when (we're) down". After a pretty passing play, Mitchell converted Weber's pass to tie the game 1-1.

"Well it's 2-2 right now and it's best of three right now and we're going home".

Less than a minute later Lundqvist stopped a wrist shot by Paul Byron, and after a giveaway by Chris Kreider, Byron's slap shot was denied by the Rangers' goalie.

The series will now return to Montreal Thursday for Game 5, with both teams realizing one loss puts their back against the wall. They'd be wise to take a page out of the Rangers' book, who proved how far a few key adjustments can carry you in a playoff series. No doubt the Canadiens deserve credit for that and for playing a near flawless game, but the Rangers didn't do anything to make it hard on them, especially because they weren't moving their feet and they appeared to only feign a middle-drive attack.

Michael Grabner added New York's second in an empty net at 18:50 of the third.

The visitors became more aggressive in the third period but struggled to get many legitimate chances at the net. Fast and Nash's goals were only New York's fifth and sixth in the Rangers' last seven playoff games at Madison Square Garden.

A fortunate bounce led to Fast's goal at 11:39 of the first period. "If we had a better second period, we might have had a better ending, probably a tighter game".

Mission accomplished - and just at the right time.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves on the night to help the Rangers break a six-game home playoff losing streak that dated back to the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But the Rangers didn't let up in the second period, retaking the lead when Rick Nash scored his second goal of the postseason, bringing the puck off the goal line extended and beating Price with a backhand inside the far post at 4:28.

The game hero and Broadway hat recipient Nash was asked about the character of the team and went on to say, "We came back after a tough loss". They rolled four skill lines, and opponents-even the very good ones-couldn't keep up. Andrew Shaw failed to finish a breakaway on Lundqvist who turned away Shaw's attempt confidently. Rangers D Kevin Klein played after sitting out the first two games of the series. The Rangers finished the regular season ranked 16th with 1,715 hits, an average of 20.9 per game. Going into the match up, chemistry was a decided question mark, as the four lines Vigneault placed on the game sheet had spent less time together at 5v5 combined (325 min) than the Montreal first line of Max Pacioretty-Phillip Danault-Alexander Radulov (442 min).

No fire followed. There wasn't even smoke. "The guys know you've got to breathe, you've got to go out, you've got to play".

"He got a lot of wood on it", said Price, who made 29 saves in defeat.

Julien said that's going to start with a comprehensive look at the game footage, and he didn't have to say it's likely going to result in a reinforcement of the importance of managing the puck properly in all three zones. Where the subtle difference between victory and defeat lies in a coach exploiting a matchup or a little in-game lineup tweak.