Home ice may not be an advantage for Rangers against Canadiens

"I couldn't believe it that I didn't get my arm up".

Twelve of them played in that Saturday afternoon, Game 1 victory over Tampa Bay in the conference final on May 16, 2015, and all of them enjoyed one of the greatest moments of their career three days earlier when Derek Stepan scored an overtime victor in Game 7 of the second round against Washington. Fast was able to pounce on the loose puck, and stuffed it through Price's legs to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead they desperately needed. Montreal will stick with Price here as he will go up against Henrik Lundqvist who has been brilliant at times in this series and there shouldn't be any speculation of his removal in favour of Antii Raanta.

Jesper Fast and Rick Nash scored the goals for NY, with the latter getting the game-winner in the second period. "We're looking at it as we have to be better, no doubt about it, in all areas of the game".

"We've been playing a certain style this season that's permitted us to get into the playoffs", he said. "I thought the first 10 minutes we handled it pretty well and then a couple of breakaways you wish you could have capitalized on - at least one". "We played well enough to win".

Until that goal, the game was nearly a virtual replay of Games 1 and 2.

Later in the period, the Rangers shot the puck into the Montreal zone on Andrei Markov's left side.

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. However, New York fell in game two of the series despite leading and dominating most of the game. Canadiens D Brandon Davidson appeared in his first playoff game. The lack of offense from NY is wasting a great performance in net from Henrik Lundqvist.

Julien said afterwards the idea was: "Just to give a little spark". So yeah, there's obvious some concern with the officiating in this game and series overall. "We were able to sustain a little pressure".

The teams were credited with 31 shots each in Game 1. "The guys know you've got to breathe, you've got to go out, you've got to play. We're just going to have to make the best of every opportunity we get at the other end".

"I told him first playoff game", said Vigneault of a pre-game conversation with Buchnevich.

"They threw a lot of pucks at our net, but I don't think there were too many chances".

What the Canadiens haven't seen is Pacioretty at his best in this Eastern Conference first round series, a fact he acknowledged.

Maturity is an overused, overbroad concept in sports, but if maturity means that Radulov not out drinking till 5 a.m. the night before games, sure, maturity is great!

The New York Rangers, will likely not find out. "We have to play the same way and learn from our mistakes".

The second period was played with a deliberate pace, with the Canadiens outshooting the Rangers 12-6. Game 5 is Thursday at Bell Centre in Montreal.

After these turnovers, the teams exchanged chances but could not convert.

As had been expected, Alain Vigneault made changes to the NY lineup, inserting Pavel Buchnevich and Nick Holden for Tanner Glass and Kevin Klein.

Game 3 is at Madison Square Garden Sunday night, and Gallagher feels they need to be just as effective on the road. The Rangers forced Price to work more than he had in Game 3 by making a concerted effort to drive to the net.

  • Julie Sanders