April 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) (not pitured) scores a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) as defenseman Nick Holden (22) defends during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre.
"As long as he keeps it within the rules and clean hits and all that stuff, you can't ask for more", Montreal coach Claude Julien said recently of Ott. "You feel better about yourself and your game". This reestablished the offensive-minded speed game that helped them succeed all season. "Our fans, I think the building is gonna be loud and we've got to be ready for the start of the game". Plekanec had a 63 percent win rate on faceoffs.
However, staying in character, the team failed to close out and allowed a game-tying goal to bounce in off of Nick Holden with 17.3 seconds remaining before Alexander Radulov finished the game with under a minute and half of the first overtime.
Then Radulov, with his third point of the night, jammed the puck under Lundqvist from the edge of the crease in OT. The Canadiens' goaltender is 2-1 with a.944 save percentage and a 1.53 goals-against average during the series. "Obviously, we didn't want to go down 2-0 going on the road, but every shift you have a chance to make a difference in a game and everyone had that same mindset".
"They're a really good team", Lundqvist said. Weber also very almost tied the game with just over a minute left. About the 4:30 mark of period two, Benn turned the puck over with an errant pass attempt off the end boards which was intended for Jeff Petry.
The New York Rangers were on their heels in the final minutes.
About a minute later, Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov misplayed the puck along the boards and Fast grabbed the loose puck and slid it through the legs of Price for an unassisted goal at 11:39 to open the scoring.
Regardless of Rangers domination, it was still a one-goal lead heading into the third as the hosts missed out on an opportunity to put the game away early.
The Rangers looked like an entirely different team than in their previous series defeats. "Both teams' goalies made some good saves". I came in because I saw that we outnumbered them.
Henrik Lundqvist has been a standout for the Rangers in the series, but he can't do it alone.
Byron scored at 15:42 when Chris Kreider lost the puck to Brendan Gallagher, who followed in after his shot was stopped to feed it in front.
Since 2011-12, the Blueshirts have won eight series, in six of them, it has taken seven games with one ending in five and another in six. With Montreal on a slow line change, Jimmy Vesey took a pass at the blue line and sent Nash in alone for a flawless shot in off the far post. Other celebs included comedian John Oliver, Run-D.M.C. rapper Darryl McDaniels, actor Ansel Elgort from The Divergent series, Today Show host Matt Lauer, former New York Mets reliever John Franco and the New York Giants trio of Justin Pugh, Jonathan Casillas and Damon Harrison.
Also up 2-0 in their series are the Pittsburgh Penguins, as the defending Stanley Cup champions were again dominant in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It was the first power-play goal of the series.
Through much of the first two games and essentially all of Game 3, Montreal forced NY into neutral-zone dumps, most of which were cleared easily. In Game 2, Montreal outshot NY 58-38, including 18-9 in the third period and 13-8 in the overtime.
"All the guys did a great job", said Shea Weber who, along with Artturi Lehkonen, scored power-play goals for the Canadiens.
Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, which got 28 saves from Devan Dubnyk.