Penalties Prove Crushing as Rangers Lose Game Five in Montreal
The New York Rangers lost game five in Montreal with a chance to close out the series on Tuesday night. Despite being down 4-1 in the second period and coming all the way back to tie the game at four the Rangers just couldn’t get enough offense going and fell by a final score of 7-4.
The penalty issues hurt the Rangers again, this time it was Chris Kreider who took a tripping penalty 22 seconds into the game that really set the tone. Montreal would go on to take a 1-0 lead just a minute later through Alex Galchenyuk. Derek Stepan, in his first game back from jaw surgery, would level the score at one for the Rangers midway through the second but that lead would be short-lived as Tomas Plekanec would give Montreal back the lead 2-1 just two minutes later.
Things would really get wild in the second period. Under seven minutes into the period Montreal scored twice through Max Pacioretty and Rene Bourque to make the score 4-1 Montreal and it looked like the rout was on. Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault would pull goalie Henrik Lundqvist for Cam Talbot and just three minutes later Rick Nash would get a shot deflected into the net off of a Montreal stick to make it 4-2. Then Stepan would get his second of the game just a couple minutes later, and then on the power play (finally an embellishment penalty was called against Montreal) Chris Kreider would level the score at four apiece. However 58 seconds later Bourque would break the tie again and make it 5-4 Montreal and it would stay that way through the end of the second period.
In the third period Bourque would complete his hat trick early in the third and Montreal would never look back later adding an empty net goal from David Desharnais to make it 7-4. There were some fireworks however as Rangers defenseman John Moore elbowed Montreal forward Dale Weise which would be the last play Moore would be involved in as he got a game misconduct. Moore will have a hearing on Wednesday to determine his fate.
Despite the loss the Rangers still lead the series 3-2 and will return home Thursday night to Madison Square Garden with a chance to win the series and move on to the finals. The Rangers must be more disciplined and find a way to create more chances in the offensive zone for longer periods of time. The game will be at 8:00 PM EST on NBCSN.