May 19, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT
Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash scored their second goals in as many games on Monday night, each beating Dustin Tokarski to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead on the Habs going into the third period of Game 2 at the Bell Center.
Nash gave the Blueshirts a 2-1 lead with under a minute remaining in the opening frame, scoring his second goal of the series — also his second of the entire postseason — on a setup from Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan:
Then, midway through the second, Martin St. Louis scored on the power play — his fifth of the playoffs — which further revived the once-flatlined New York power play. At one point this postseason, the Rangers were a woeful 0-for-36 with the man advantage but have now scored seven times over the last four games:
Both these developments have to be worrisome for Montreal.
Production-wise, Nash had been a virtual non-factor throughout the playoffs but is now heating up, with three points in his last two games. It’s also concerning how well the New York power-play is clicking; Montreal only gave up three power play goals over its entire seven-game series with Boston, yet has already surrendered four through less than two games against the Rangers.
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