Rangers Win Game Four at MSG; One Win From Cup
The New York Rangers grabbed a 3-1 series lead at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. It was another close affair between the Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens and once again it went to overtime but this time the Rangers flipped the script and won it 3-2.
The first period had a rather similar feel to (in fact most of the game in regulation did) to game three. Carl Hagelin, like he did in game three, opened the scoring for the Rangers mid way through the first, this time however it was on the penalty kill and he scored on a breakaway. The Rangers once again skated to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first.
Again in the second period the Canadiens drew even about mid way through the second period and the Rangers inability to double their lead looked like it would be their downfall again. This time however Derrick Brassard (in his first game back from an injury) blasted a shot past Dustin Tokarski with under a minute to go in the second period to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead going into the third.
The lead would be short-lived however as an undisciplined Rangers team would go on the penalty kill and give it right back. Dominic Moore of the Rangers took their seventh penalty of the game (some of which were very iffy) just 30 seconds into the third period and P.K. Subban would level the score with a slap shot that flew through Henrik Lundqvist. The two teams combined for 13 more shots after the goal but both goalies denied it all as they two teams skated for overtime.
In overtime the Rangers Benoit Pouliot would take another penalty (the Rangers ninth of the game) and despite holding the puck for long periods of time the Canadiens could not cash in. Finally, 6:02 into overtime, the Rangers got some pressure on the Canadiens as they tried to exit the zone, they turned it over and got the puck to Martin St. Louis alone on the right side who fired it top shelf to give the Rangers a 3-2 win! A relieved St. Louis and MSG erupted as his fifth shot of the game flew into the net giving the Rangers a 3-1 series lead heading back to Montreal.
The Rangers will look to win the series on Tuesday night back in Montreal when they play game five at the Bell Centre. Coverage begins at 8:00 PM EST on NBCSN.