NHL Playoffs: Canadiens beat Rangers 4-3 in OT

The home team had a 2-1 lead in Game 4 of the teams' first-round National Hockey League playoff series, and losing was not an option for the Rangers to stay in realistic contention to advance.

Later in the second period, with the game tied, Rick Nash scored his second goal of the playoffs to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. The Canadiens now have a 2-1 lead in the series and they have won five of their six games against the Rangers this season. Game 4 goes Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Maple Leafs took a double-overtime thriller on Saturday, with Kaspari Kapanen finishing off a attractive feed from former Rangers grinder Brian Boyle to even the series at 1-1 heading into a pivotal Game 3. "I know that they were frustrated, especially last game". "We've got to do a better job of sticking with it, sticking with the system, trusting it when you're down".

Game 4 is Tuesday night.

1st Star: Carey Price - The Canadiens would never have been in a position to tie the game in the third period without a number of key saves by Price. Also our special teams was very good tonight, two power-play goals scored coupled with the penalty killing. This game will be featured in my top plays in the Sports Chat Experts section but for my free play I think this one stays tight to the vest again in a low scoring affair. "It's no secret we've been really disappointed with the way things have been going at home the past two years here in the playoffs, so we needed this win for this series, but also moving forward".

Montreal finished the game 2 for 3 on the man advantage while killing all three NY power plays.

The second period was nearly a replica of that of game one when the Rangers tilted the ice and generated more chances and kept the Canadiens in their own zone for much of the period.

"It's important we start with ourselves and not look at what they are doing", Lundqvist said after the Rangers' sixth straight home loss in the postseason. "We need to trust that our shots will go in".

Michael Grabner, Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash scored for NY. The Blue Jackets played like the desperate team they were, and the Penguins didn't until it was too late to alter the outcome, and the Jackets prevailed in a 5-4 win to extend the series to Game 5. We played a better game.

The same is true for the Blues, who have earned a pair of 2-1 victories on the road for a two-game edge over Minnesota with the series shifting to St. Louis. Henrik Lundqvist made 54 saves and was stellar in defeat. The Canadiens' power play came up empty on three opportunities with two shots on goal and is 2-for-13. Canadiens D Brandon Davidson appeared in his first playoff game. It's a two out of three (series).

With everyone buying into the defense-first philosophy, beating the Canadiens three times in the next four games will be hard for the Rangers.

Lundqvist kept the game scoreless in the first period, as he made several point-blank stops among his 10 saves during the opening 20 minutes while Price only had to make six saves.

While Emelin won't play in Game 3, he has not been ruled out for Game 4. Lundqvist lost his stick for a second time about five minutes later, but the puck was cleared out of danger.

While Vigneault acknowledged he needs to make some tweaks, he doesn't envision major changes to the focus on speed and transition that made his team successful this season.

  • Julie Sanders