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Habs get winning puck luck in Game 3

May 23, 2014, 1:16 AM EDT

Lucky bounces. There were a number of them to go around between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers on Thursday.

For the Habs, the final fortunate bounce in a critical Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final went their way – the puck hit off of the body of Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk, behind a helpless Henrik Lundqvist and into the net. Game over. Montreal wins 3-2 in overtime. The Canadiens now trail the best-of-seven series 2-1.

“To be honest I have no idea what happened. It bounced off my stick or hit me (and) it went in,” said Galchenyuk, as per Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

In a game that featured an abundance of odd and controversial moments, the final four minutes of regulation and the short 1:12 of overtime was rife with them.

Daniel Briere, the clutch playoff performer that he is, gave Montreal a 2-1 lead with 3:02 remaining in regulation. He was behind the goal line when he directed the puck in front of the New York net. The puck bounced off the leg of a Rangers defender and into the net.

The Rangers sent the game into overtime on a goal credited to Chris Kreider with 29 seconds remaining. A pass out front of the Montreal net went off Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin.

  1. tonys4 - May 23, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Forum ghosts made a trip to msg 2night.
    Rookie goalie. Wasnt meant to be for the Rangers.
    BIG win for the Habs. They can thank the ghosts of championship past for this one!

  2. ironmd778 - May 23, 2014 at 5:59 AM

    Where did this stupid ” puck luck” term come from all of a sudden? I’ve heard it more in the past two week than in 40 years. Dumb!

  3. gino97 - May 23, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Habs get away with murder once again. Markov with dirty cross checks and P.K with some nice slashes, stick work and slew foots. Disgusting.

    • abouv1 - May 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      And Habs fans are whiners? You lost. It’s a long series, get over it.

  4. Stiller43 - May 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Slew foots? I hope youre not referring to that bit in the 1st where he went to go kick that rangers right foot, but by that time the ranger shot his left foot way up in the air and jumped onto his back to try and buy a call like subban actually did anything. Pathetic dive

    • 7mantel - May 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      It was a pathetic attempt to draw a penalty ,Dorrset should watch more tapes of Subbans dives in order to get it right !

    • stakex - May 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Tell you what… put on a pair of skates, lift your left foot off the ice, and let me nudge you on the right skate. I’d bet any amount of money you will be going right down on your ass.

      Even if you argue it was a dive, Subban still kicked at his skates. Be it an actual slew foot, or an attempted slew foot…. it was still a slew foot. Not the end of the world or anything, but it is what it is.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Maybe he’s a figure skater. Fairy nice!

  5. statsdolie - May 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Both teams played loose with their sticks. I saw multiple slashes by both teams with no calls

  6. Stiller43 - May 23, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Stake, you cant be serious. These NHLers are world class skaters who can do amazing things on their skates. He went close to subban and then blatantly dove before subban could even try and do anything.

    Im far an NHLer, but i promise you youre not knocking me off the skates that easily, let alone flop in that fashion

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