Rangers win in OT 3-2 to take 3-1 series lead
Some things just seem destined to happen and that was certainly the case on Sunday night. It was only fitting that Marty St. Louis would be the Ranger that got the game winning goal in overtime to propel his team to within one game of the Stanley Cup Final.
Anyone that has been following the Eastern Conference Final knows that the Rangers are just on a surreal trip powered by the emotional engine of their right winger.
Going into this series most people would have thought that the Canadiens came flying into the series off of emotions after beating their dreaded rival Bruins. The problem is they have run into a team that is riding a wave that simply won’t subside. The Habs are now on the brink of elimination so there is nothing to hold back now for.
Montreal can only blame themselves by letting two of the Rangers goals come from breakaways. The scoring got started off of a Carl Hagelin breakaway when he went forehand, backhand and then five hole past the goalie Tokarski for a 1-0 Rangers lead which is how the first period ended.
The Canadiens were able to capitalize themselves on a Rangers defensive miscue when they had a two on one that Francis Bouillon snapped past Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist to even the score at one apiece.
Then late in the second period the game gave a returning welcome back from injury to Derek Brassard with another breakaway which he capitalized on to end the middle stanza with the Rangers up 2-1.
The third period saw the Canadiens muster up some magic of their own when 2:00 minutes into the frame on a power play the Habs incendiary defenseman P.K. Subban tied the affair and it appeared that game 4 was going to follow game 3’s script with it even going into overtime.
The Rangers had sustained pressure in the Canadiens zone along the far boards just inside the blue line where there was a mass of bodies but the puck came out to Rangers Carl Hagelin who found all by himself at the near face off circle Marty St. Louis who nailed a beauty top shelf past Tokarski as the white towels all waived and the Madison Square Garden crowd all went crazy with the realization they are one win away from the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers have not been to a Final in twenty years.
The Montreal Canadiens have a tough road ahead of them now if they want their storied season to continue. They have the comforts of the Bell Centre in Montreal and their crowd to try to stem the emotional tidelwave known as the New York Rangers.
Three Stars of the game
1. Marty St. Louis
2. Carl Hagelin
3. Brian Boyle
Next game Tuesday, May 27, at 8:00 p.m. ET from Montreal’s Bell Centre. Tune in to NBCSN in the US or RDS, CBC in Canada.