Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Home ice may not be an advantage for Rangers against Canadiens

Home ice may not be an advantage for Rangers against Canadiens

It all added up to the most lopsided playoff win in Sharks history and biggest shutout win in the National Hockey League in 10 years.

The Canadiens took advantage 3 1/2 minutes later with their second power-play goal of the game. It is their experience that will be leaned upon as the Blueshirts try to break their Garden malady, which entered Tuesday at a franchise postseason worst six-game losing streak. Thankfully, they got just what the doctor ordered as Jesper Fast capitalized off of a miscue by Andrei Markov behind Carey Price's net. He was awesome in the face-off centre last game, obviously scored a big goal.

Montreal has now dropped six of its last seven home playoff games against the Rangers dating back to 1996.

Following an effort to forget in Game 3, the New York Rangers came out hungry tonight and attacked the Montreal Canadiens from start to finish. Buchnevich will provide fresh skates, good offense and a boost on the power play.

"The first period we worked hard", Canadiens coach Claude Julien said.

The series will return to the Garden for Game 6 on Saturday.

In the National Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens have edged past the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime at the Bell Center in the Stanley Cup Playoffs series. "It hasn't changed. We go home and get ready for a game". The New York Rangers hope to win it playing as few games as possible.

1st Star: Carey Price - The Canadiens would never have been in a position to tie the game in the third period without a number of key saves by Price. One of the stand out players in the game, Rick Nash was able to put home a feed from captain Ryan McDonagh that ended up being the game victor. Patrick Marleau, Marcus Sorensen and David Schlemko also scored for San Jose, Brent Burns had three assists and Martin Jones made 23 saves for his fourth playoff shutout. "You have to give that team credit, they played well tonight". Gallagher passed the puck to Lehkonen, who roofed a shot over Lundqvist's glove to make it 1-0 Canadiens.

Later in the period, the Rangers would once again turn the puck over, and Alexander Radulov would make them pay with the Canadiens' third goal of the game. They have outshot NY in each of the last two games and just seem to be the better team in the little facets. The Rangers also struggled on special teams, giving up two power-play goals and failing to score on their three chances to fall to 0 for 10 in the series.

Rick Nash's tie-breaking goal early in the second period was the game-winner while Jesper Fast also scored for NY. Zack Kassian opened the scoring 42 seconds into the second period and Connor McDavid notched his first career playoff goal midway through the third. This reestablished the offensive-minded speed game that helped them succeed all season. Their penchant for breakdowns cost them late in the period due to some good work in the neutral zone along the boards by Radulov, who found Torrey Mitchell starting a two on one with Shea Weber.

The Rangers controlled the play for most of the second period as the Canadiens had only one shot on goal in the first 11 minutes.

"Certainly we could be better", Ryan McDonagh said. "There were a couple of chances where we got pucks to the net and the rebounds were sitting there, and we have to dig a little deeper to come up with those second chances".

Lundqvist, who now has a 1.89 goals-against average and.944 save percentage in the series, had his toughest stops occur on Brendan Gallagher and Andrew Shaw in the first, and on an Alex Galchenyuk shot in the third where the NY goaltender turned to find the puck alongside the far post. Austrian Michael Grabner equalized for the Rangers.

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