Rene Bourque had a hat trick and the Montreal Canadiens kept their playoff hopes alive with a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday.
The Rangers have two key assets to fall back on — penalty killing and goaltending. It’s a combo that has put them within one victory of their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is angry his team has been portrayed as “dishonorable and dishonest” by the Montreal Canadiens and coach Michel Therrien.
A win Tuesday in Montreal will put New York in the championship round for the first time since they won the title in 1994. A loss will make Game 6 necessary at what will be a nervous Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
Martin St. Louis put New York within one win of the Stanley Cup finals, scoring 6:02 into overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Derick Brassard has been itching to return to the Rangers’ lineup. Now healthy, the 26-year-old center will finally get his chance to make his mark on this series when he takes the ice for pivotal Game 4.
Twenty-four hours ago the Rangers were flying sky high, but a high hit and a shocking loss later, not so much.
There is an easy way and a difficult way to do things. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the New York Rangers have chosen the difficult way to handle the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals.
Lundqvist was stellar in claiming the first two wins of the Eastern Conference finals for the Rangers over the Canadiens on the road. But Montreal exacted a bit of revenge in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.
Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a pass at the right post 1:12 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens overcame a late tying goal and beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.
Gone will be the fear of impending doom. Suddenly, the Rangers are the front-runners against the Canadiens, and their fans now have the chance to celebrate the ride with them.
Tokarski made his playoff debut Monday in place of Carey Price, who is out for the series. He had 27 saves in Game 2 in just his 11th-career NHL appearance, when the Rangers won 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead.
The last thing that Alain Vigneault and any of the New York Rangers are about to do is look at the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens and take them lightly.
“Is he playing well? Yeah, but we’re doing a good job,” Subban said. “Some of it is luck, as well. He’s getting a little bit lucky, but that’s what you need in the playoffs.”
After two impressive wins and a 2-0 series lead heading back to New York, New York Rangers playoff tickets have seen an increase in price on the secondary market, according to TiqIQ.