The narrative at the start of the Canadiens-Rangers series was goaltending would be key and Montreal was the favourite because Carey Price is Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist isn't. The flame of a once promising season can be snuffed out on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, after Mika Zibanejad delivered the dagger for NY with his overtime victor with 5:38 to play in the extra session. I think we have to try and make sure that we really play a smart game back home.
"I just tried to whack it to the net and then I kind of blacked out".
"It's been a lot of back and forth", Zibanejad said. The Canadiens had 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the game, but the Rangers fought back, forced overtime. "At this point of the playoffs you don't care who scores".
The Rangers outshot Montreal 10-3 in the overtime, and Staal said that aggression was by design and is the way NY wants to play from the start of the game Saturday.
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"Too many men on the ice goal, just go out and play".
While we would like to take a moment to celebrate the victory, a question comes up. He has a career record 0f 14-17-3 against Montreal in the regular season with a 2.87 goals-against average and an.898 save percentage, and he was awful at the Bell Centre. Captain Max Pacioretty has taken heat for not scoring a goal yet in the series.
Goalies_N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 3-2 (36 shots-34 saves).
But Montreal coach Claude Julien said he's not the only one. "We came back a lot this year, we've shown that, and we've got an opportunity to show that in this series". "It's not going to be a perfectly clean tic-tac-toe play". The team to take Game 5 has gone on to advance in almost 80 per cent of series tied at 2-2 in National Hockey League history, according to WhoWins.com.
"Enough was said in this locker room to know what position we're in, this is a chance to learn about our group. times like this you're going to look for excuses or doubts in your mind, or you're going to look for positives, look for belief".
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Artturi Lehkonen scored and set up a goal by Brendan Gallagher in the first period for Montreal. Andrei Markov sent a flawless backhand pass to the winger in the high slot and Gallagher had plenty of time before firing one past Lundqvist.
"It's a message, but I'm not out there just trying to send a message", said Smith, whose hard-edged game has elevated drastically in the postseason, much to the delight of general manager Jeff Gorton, who traded second- and third-round picks for him at the deadline. However, they have to focus on the task at hand to start and that is no easy feat as the Rangers are coming off a big win and have had a great record on the road this season and this spot should be no different.
Phillip Danault hit a goalpost shorthanded in the opening minute of the third period, while Kreider had a chance to end the game 10 minutes into overtime but whiffed on a Zibanejad pass at the doorstep. Brandon Davidson, who was replacing Emelin, was seen skating with Michael McCarron and Andreas Martinsen, who are both expected to not play.
The hard-hitting blue-liner has been sidelined since suffering an undisclosed injury on April 5.
The Rangers made a slight change to their defensemen lineup in Game 4, taking Game One hero Tanner Glass out of the lineup.
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