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Canadiens defeat Rangers in OT, trail in series 2-1

May 22, 2014, 11:22 PM EDT

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There were strange moments throughout Thursday’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, and that includes the overtime goal that has given the Habs renewed life in these Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Canadiens got back into the Eastern Conference Final with a stunning 3-2 overtime victory over the Rangers to silence the boisterous crowd at Madison Square Garden. Alex Galchenyuk scored the winner, as the puck rebounded off New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist and seemed to hit the Montreal player off the chest, before it bounced into the net.

The goal came just 1:12 into the extra period.

From the NHL Situation Room Blog:

At 1:12 of overtime in the Montreal Canadiens/New York Rangers game, the Situation Room supported the referee’s call on the ice that the puck deflected off Alex Galchenyuk’s body and into the New York net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 “if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.” Good goal Montreal.

The Habs now trail the best-of-seven series 2-1. For the Rangers, a win would’ve put them one away from clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.

This game also featured a pair of incidents involving Brandon Prust and Daniel Carcillo that could result in supplementary discipline.

But standing in New York’s way of moving closer to the championship round on this night was 24-year-old goalie Dustin Tokarski, who was brilliant for the Habs. He made 35 saves, including a pair of sprawling stops off Martin St. Louis (click here to view the first one from the second period).

The Habs, outplayed throughout the evening, took a 2-1 lead late in the third period off a strange goal from Daniel Briere, who banked the puck in off a Rangers defender on a scramble around the net.

The Rangers tied it with 29 seconds left in regulation time, as a pass out front hit off the skate of Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin and past Tokarski.

Undeterred, the Canadiens ended this one quickly in the overtime, and ensure this series goes back to Montreal for a fifth game.

  1. ironmd778 - May 22, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Nice job, NY. You blew a chance to put these frauds out of their misery.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      The Rangers played well enough to win. They’ll get another chance on Sunday.

      Sunday’s game is really what matters. Montreal still has a lot to overcome.

      • billiam55 - May 22, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        rangers outplayed them the entire night. both goals, including the winner, were nasty bounces of the rangers defenseman. just the way it goes sometimes. their goalie was a lil schmuck though. he won it for them

      • charlie24zz - May 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        Habs deserved game 2, but didn’t win it. It’s a series PHT, I hope you Habs-haters are squirming right now

      • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 6:48 AM

        bill, how do you think Gorges and Emelin feel about their contributions on the Rangers’ goals?

    • sabatimus - May 22, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      The Rangers played a stellar game. Got burned on a supremely lucky goal in OT.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 22, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        But so was the goal that tied it. That’s what’s fun about hockey.

    • jason9696 - May 23, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      I don’t think Ranger fans or Hab-haters are too worried right now. But that will definitely change if Montreal wins game 4.

      That being said, Montreal could have easily won game 2. And New York could have easily won tonight. So I think the series is where it should be.

  2. billiam55 - May 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    its never easy being a ranger fan. but Tokarski…………..hes pretty good. frustrating as hell.
    we got ourselves a series.

    btw, prust = douche.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Bad late hate. Refs definitely missed a penalty there. I’m not really sure it’s suspendable.

      Carcillo’s elbow on the ref was more douchey. Definite suspension there and he’s lucky he just got 2 for unsportsmanlike.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 22, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        Correction, he didn’t even get called for unsportsmanlike in addition to the game misconduct. Only for the original charge. Rangers dodged a bullet there.

      • billiam55 - May 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        refs missed a lot of things tonight. and i agree that carcillo is a dumbass for what he did.

    • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Real talk. That kid was as good as anybody in the league last night. As a hockey fan, I like seeing that. I have a feeling we will see more of him in years to come.

      As a Rangers fan, I wasn’t terribly pleased with their play. They weren’t on their game. But, there were positives. A lot of good chances. Similar to the Habs game two, they put a lot of pretty chances on net and got denied by a good goaltender keeping his team in the game. Those two drop knees Marty put on from the circles are usually gimmes, he scores those regularly. But Tokarski knew that, and read those plays well. Great lateral movement and sprawl from that kid.

      They will tighten up, I’m not worried.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - May 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I’m sure partisans of one team or another will disagree, but this mostly neutral viewer saw a not terribly exciting game with 4 lucky bounces and one good goal. And with what I saw, I doubt either team could beat either of the Western teams.

    • stakex - May 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      No doubt that this game wasn’t overly thrilling, and neither team looked especially great. Although its hard to extrapolate what that means when one of them has to go up against the winner from the West. I think the Rangers speed, and Lundqvist play will give either of the Western teams a run for their money…. and I’ll leave it to a Montreal fan to tell you why the Canadians could win the Cup if they were to advance.

  4. nicknyhc - May 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    The officiating tonight was absolutely astonishing. Is it a rule that Subban is allowed to punch, slash, embellish, and slew foot anyone with impunity?

    The Prust hit should have been a major, and at the very least a minor.

    They missed Subban’s slew foot on Dorsett after the whistle, his slashes on Nash in the last minute, his embellishment on the Pouliot “slash”, and him going to the bench during an icing.

    I have no respect for Subban anymore. The guy is a punk and a cheap shot artist.

    • 19to77 - May 23, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      “My team didn’t get enough calls in their favour! The officiating is terrible!”

      You and every other fan, buddy. Next time the zebras bury the opposing team in bad calls, you won’t have a word of complaint.

    • dmfc1112 - May 23, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      Did you fail to see the paul bunyan like slash by Mcdonagh at the end of the 2nd? How about mcdonagh ducking a check in the corner? It was worse than how subban ducked Thornton. It’s the playoffs. Wipe your tears and get ready for game 4.

    • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      Oh! C’mon! Stop with the whining.

  5. gbart22 - May 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    If the Canadians win the next game and make it 2-2 the rangers fans will be in full on panic mode here in New York and I’ll probably have to hear about how the rangers lack grit and toughness which magically the had none of against pit when they were down 3-1 then magically had when they won and will magically have lost if the Canadians even the series.

    Love fan cliches. I hope it happens as an avid fan of fan stupidity

  6. nicknyhc - May 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Also, what game were the NBC analysis watching when they said the Canadiens dominated this game?

  7. jason9696 - May 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    New York outplayed Montreal. But surprisingly Tokarski outplayed Lundqvist. I don’t expect the latter to happen again.

  8. stakex - May 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    You know, the Rangers might have seemed to dominate large parts of the game… but their play really wasn’t all that great. They had a lot of zone time and shots, but they weren’t as crisp as they have been lately. Probably their biggest issue was missing the net on AAA scoring chances, which they did far too many times.

    All in all though, the Rangers still looked like the better team despite the fact Montreal was supposedly playing “desperate”. If they continue to play like this, perhaps tightening it up a little bit, they are in fine shape.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 22, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      If you replaced Rangers with Bruins it would still hold true about a few game last series. This MTL team wins it when the other team doesn’t step on their neck. Next game is huge.

      • stakex - May 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        Indeed. If the Rangers win the next game, its all but over. If Montreal wins….. oh boy.

  9. gbart22 - May 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Also to a previous poster doesn’t really matter who wins this series as a neutral viewer I don’t see either of these teams beating Chicago or LA maybe they make it a series but chi or la will win in 6 but getting to the finals is nothing to be ashamed of.

  10. baddogjosie - May 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    I watched Tokarski play juniors in Spokane and he was never the best or the flashiest, but he won. He always plays well enough to keep his team in it and win. His Chiefs outlasted a Carey Price Tri City team and went on to dominate and win the Memorial Cup – and then break it. He just wins wherever he goes.

  11. canadatude - May 22, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Lucky goal? Like the one that bounced off a skate with 28 seconds left for the Rangers?

  12. oneil1234 - May 23, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Very boring hockey. Eastern coference is now irrelevant. La or Chicago will win

  13. bruceboudreauchokejob - May 23, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    NYR choked tonight and that means a lot coming from me

  14. blomfeld - May 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Camarade Magnifique Tokarski ! :)

    Never in a million years did I ever think that I’d be rooting for Les Habitants ! And yet here I am tonight, positively ‘pleased’ that Vigneault & crew have been left with a bloodied nose. Strange this thing we call ‘life’ eh ? :)

    My name is Blomfeld and I grew up as a kid in ‘Rosemount’ Montreal …

    • bruceboudreauchokejob - May 23, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      you grew up?

  15. 1harrypairatesties - May 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    eh ? You idiot.

    • hawkeedawg - May 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      No, you are the idiot, troll. This is a hockey site in case you stumbled across Dad’s open page, show where you have talked hockey…..

  16. 1harrypairatesties - May 23, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    I know Rosemount. It’s a piece of crap just like you.

    • bruceboudreauchokejob - May 23, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      a complete dump, Detroit looks down on Rosemount.

  17. 1harrypairatesties - May 23, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    My name is blomfeld.
    And I grew up in Rosemount wearing women’s knickers & high heels.

    • hawkeedawg - May 23, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      Hi my name is 1hairyballs and I am 10 years old

  18. 1harrypairatesties - May 23, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Oh man his is too funny.

  19. formerworldchamps - May 23, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    As a Ranger fan,I put that overtime goal on St.Louis.He never returned on D.He just lollygagged at the Ranger blueline.He literally just stood there and watched the play.Hence a 3 on 2 and the backside was unguarded for the easy rebound.

  20. 1harrypairatesties - May 23, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    And you like 10 year olds don’t you.

    • hawkeedawg - May 23, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      Nice Try, harry balls, yes I like 10 year olds, that would be my youngest daughter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

      Making comments about other people only invite response. Blomfeld is a respected poster to this site, you, ARE NOT. Check your thumbs down. Find me a post of yours that has a plus on the the thumbs up.

      I’m waiting, but I may have to wait until tomorrow, you have school tomorrow, don’t forget your PBJ sandwich.

  21. 1harrypairatesties - May 23, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    Well I’m not out to trash you or the 10 year olds in your family but you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. Check out blomfeld’s comments to patthehockeyfan on the Blackhawks “Towes the best 2-way player” article on May 20th. patthehockeyfan is a WOMAN who he made fun of. Even after identifying herself as a woman, he still continued to bash & mock her. Check it out. He IS NOT a respected poster on this site & I want everyone to know it. Don’t defend someone when you really don’t know who they are. Also, I don’t know what you’re talking about thumbs up or down and I really don’t care. I went through 8 years of law school & am very successful. I don’t wake up for school anymore and I don’t have to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I’ve been around enough woman haters to know one when I see one. bloomfeld is a woman hater.

    • philafly - May 23, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      It took you 8 years to complete law school?!

  22. 1harrypairatesties - May 23, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Also, I know plenty of hockey. I’ve played plenty of hockey. I’ve talked plenty of hockey on this site. But I got derailed by this woman bashing dirtbag. Thumbs Up .

    • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      Ok! Harry! We get it. You’re a great hockey mind, and an advocate for abused women, and a lawyer who doesn’t eat peanut butter anymore. Congrats!

      You’re a lawyer. Then act like one and stop acting like an ambulance chaser. Let’s talk hockey!

  23. montrealbbr - May 23, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    I love it! One more win and this thing is all tied up and you have a new series! New York should be worried right now!

    • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      No as much as the Canadiens fans. Chill! Have you not learned than arrogance is a sign of ignorance?

  24. joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Another 1.8 mil in the coffers of Les Canadiens. The ROI for Bergevin & Therrien has been very good.

    Rangers played a very good game, and if not for Tokarski the Habs would have been down and out before the 3rd period. Just like Lundqvist held off the Habs during the 1st period of game 2, the kid was able to keep the Habs in the game.

    Rangers fans who write about the lucky goals the Habs scored should look at the goals scored by the Rangers. BTW, what was Emelin doing with both feet in the crease? And Gorges took out Tokarski on the first goal…

    Eliminate the lucky goals on both sides and you have yourself a 1-0 Habs win. You’re not going to beat Lundqvist too often on 10 to 20 foot shot. They have to throw pucks and bodies to the net and hope for garbage goals. Traffic, traffic, traffic, and if the kid plays the same way the Rangers may gave to do the same.

  25. kastout11 - May 23, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Not that Philly is relevant right now, but indisciplined plays like that is why they shipped Carcillo out of Philly. You love his energy but he crosses the line way too often, and I think his latest might cost him a game or 2. I don’t know why he didn’t just fight Prust, then he wouldn’t have a possible suspension upcoming.

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