Canadiens top Rangers to take series lead


The Canadiens didn't given the Rangers much of a chance on Sunday, as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 3.

Weber's power-play goal 7:42 into the third period decided the game.

Montreal went into Madison Square Garden in Game 3 and won 3-1, behind the strong play of Alexander Radulov.

NY got the victor in the second when Rick Nash's backhand in tight beat Montreal goaltender Carey Price at 4:28. 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. "If we had a better second period, we might have had a better ending, probably a tighter game". We got stuck in our zone. I think one of (Washington's) D-men lost their stick, and I was yelling for (the puck) because I had a clear lane there. "We did a great job defensively, offensively".

After a lackluster performance in a Game 3 loss, the New York Rangers came out aggressive early on Tuesday night. Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov went into his own zone to play a puck that was sent around the boards.

The New York Rangers evened the series with a 2-1 Game 4 win Tuesday night over the Montreal Canadiens.

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The Rangers bench boss chose to actually alter his forward complement in Game 4 after a wholesale lackluster Game 3 effort.

"It's not that we didn't work, but one goal made the difference", said Alex Radulov, who picked up an assist on the tic-tac-toe play that ended with Shea Weber setting up Torrey Mitchell for the lone Montreal goal."We made mistakes and they scored".

Paul Byron and Jeff Petry (PEE'-tree) also scored for the Canadiens, who fired 58 shots on Henrik Lundqvist.

The Wild managed only 24 attempts on target in Game 2 against a similarly stifling Blues defense, but in trying to create energy, luck and momentum, they began to stray from their identity. "But when you make one when you're 21 or 25, it hurts you a bit and then you won't let it happen again, unless you're dumb". The team that stays even-keeled and just worries about that next shot is the team that normally ends up on top. "The guys know you've got to breathe, you've got to go out, you've got to play".

"He's day to day", Canadiens coach Claude Julien said to the Montreal Gazette.

The visitors became more aggressive in the third period but struggled to get many legitimate chances at the net.

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NOTES: Looking to spark the offense, Pavel Buchnevich, who was a healthy scratch for the first three games of this series, was in the lineup for Rangers.

In that stretch, dating back to Game 2 of the 2015 Eastern Conference final, NY has been outscored 20-4 at MSG.

"We had a lot of unforced turnovers [Sunday] that we need to correct", Vigneault said. "We played well enough to win".

Game 5 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Through the first quarter mark of the season, the Rangers looked, and were rightly praised, as the team that was going to change the way lineups were built. Ott, a veteran pest with 1,555 penalty minutes in 848 career regular season games, has not been penalized this entire series.

Pavelski scored on a pair of deflections, including one just 15 seconds into the game for the fastest playoff goal in team history, the previously dormant power play scored four times and San Jose held Connor McDavid off the score sheet for the second straight game.

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