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Rangers overcome penalty parade, beat Canadiens in OT

May 25, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski enjoyed some great moments in Game 4, including stopping Martin St. Louis with a beautiful glove save. His efforts fell short when his teammates hung him out to dry, however, including when St. Louis scored the 3-2 overtime winner.

All three of the Rangers goals came without a defenseman in front of their forwards. Carl Hagelin and Derick Brassard connected on breakaways while Hagelin found St. Louis all alone for that decisive tally. Many expected Montreal to lean on goaltending as an excuse if this series started to slip away; instead, Tokarski has been brilliant in the past two games.

With this Game 4 victory, the Rangers take a 3-1 series lead to Montreal.

Penalties galore

The Rangers found themselves in the penalty box early and often in Game 4. Through regulation, six of their seven penalties were taken in their offensive zone. Remarkably, that trend continued in overtime as Benoit Pouliot was whistled for holding the stick just 30 seconds into OT.

The Canadiens didn’t do much with their PP opportunities for much of the night, although P.K. Subban probably silenced some critics with another big goal:

Subban logged a robust 33:16 minutes of ice time in Game 4, but he couldn’t will the Habs to a 2-2 series tie.

The Madison Square Garden crowd was agitated at times on Sunday, which isn’t too surprising considering the fact that the Canadiens received eight power-play opportunities to three for New York.

Still, when you consider Carl Hagelin’s shorthanded goal, the Rangers have to at least feel good about their penalty kill. Teams don’t usually take more than twice as many penalties than they draw and come out even:

Expect plenty of discussion about officiating, embellishment and self-inflicted penalties, whether those debates take place in the comments or in post-game quotes.

An interesting goalie battle

Both goalies enjoyed some great moments, with Henrik Lundqvist robbing Brian Gionta:

Lundqvist might want one of those goals back, but he stopped 27 out of 29 shots to grab his 41st playoff win (tying the Rangers’ franchise record with Mike Richter). While the star power was on New York’s side, Tokarski acquitted himself quite nicely tonight, as you can see from the time that he bested St. Louis:

For all that’s been made about the Rangers’ advantage in net with Carey Price injured, you can make a legitimate argument that Tokarski has been just as good – if not better – than Lundqvist. Regardless, Lundqvist and the Rangers came out on top tonight and now sit one victory away from an appearance in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

  1. sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    God Subban is so classless.

    • stakex - May 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      If you are referring to that laughable moment when he leaped into the air because Nash’s stick grazed his visor, I wouldn’t actually blame him for that…. it worked.

      The problem is that the NHL and officials encourages that kind of diving by not calling it. I mean that was so obvious it was painful…. and yet, it was simply ignored. Call it a couple times, and players will stop doing it. Until then, you really can’t fault players for trying to draw penalties that way.

      • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        I suppose that’s a decent point. Yeah I was primarily referring to that. However, when was the last time you saw anyone JUMP into the air after being high sticked?

      • stakex - May 25, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        No, I can’t really say I’ve seen that kind of reaction to a high stick before.

      • bigdaddy44 - May 26, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        The embellishment call is too difficult for the referees to make consistently on the ice. What the league should do is make those plays reviewable in the days after the game is played. The league should then start handing out stiff fines. The fines should also increase with every offense. If the number of offenses by a player reach a certain set point, an automatic suspension should be in order, similar to the way technical fouls are treated in the NBA. It would be a daunting task at first with the amount of reviews needed, but that number would decline rapidly. That would almost eliminate this disgusting, embarrassing black eye on the league. Too bad Bettman and the league don’t have the stones to take a drastic measure like this, in order to regain some integrity for the league.

      • drewsylvania - May 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        @bigdaddy This one was pretty easy. Yet they also blew it/refused to call it.

    • cheetah440 - May 26, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      It’s Montreal, it’s what they do. They view hockey as a game where you TRY to get a power play. It’s their game plan. I can just hear their locker room pre game…
      “Come on guys, let’s go out there and try to draw those early penalties…”

      It’s been the Canadien way for decades. Nothing new at all.

  2. sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    I don’t know what the heck the Habs were doing giving St Louis that kind of space. That was one great shot.

    • puckthehabs - May 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      He wasn’t covered at all. Great patience with the puck. Hell of a shot.

    • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      How do you spell class? Carcillo? Pouliot? Marchand? Lucic?

      • thesportsjudge - May 25, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        I can tell you it isn’t “joey.”

      • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        It’s thesportsjudge

      • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        You just wrote “class”. So copy and paste it like you always do.

      • puckluckpost - May 26, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        S-t-L-o-u-i-s is the correct spelling.

      • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        ;-)

      • homieshome - May 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        Oh Gawd, Joey’s back hahaha the most biased yet most typical Canadiens fan.

      • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        I’m not a Canadiens fan…… Yes! I picked then to beat the Rangers, and I picked the Rangers to beat the Flyers and Pens, and I’m not a Rangers’ fan. Go Rangers! Go Habs! Another game 7.

    • 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      I’d be livid if I was Tokarski. Emelin was just drifting toward St. Louis on that play. Are you kidding me? You’re just going to let the best shooter on the ice take a clean, unobstructed shot and hope the goalie stops it? Why the hell aren’t you throwing yourself in front of the shooter, or better yet AT him?

      • thesportsjudge - May 26, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        But without Emelin, Tokarski wouldn’t even be in the NHL in these playoffs.

      • 1337ryan - May 26, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        Apparently it’s “Yemelin”….got I hate when players make up their own names.

    • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      You don’t know. Try watching the video and see three giveaways from the Habs. 2 by Markov, and 1 by Desharnais. Montreal did not deserve to win this game. Matter of fact it never should have went to OT had the Rangers/St. Louis not choked earlier. Glad the best team won and that St. Louis scored the winner.

      It’s beyond me how a veteran player like Pouliot can get called for holding the stick in OT, and doesn’t gain the red line before shooting the puck into the o zone. Dumb mistakes like this can cost you the game. No way the Rangers can beat either the Kings or the Hawks.

      • homieshome - May 26, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        Joey i thought you were a troll at first but there was actually alot of things you said there that I agree with. I think it was your last senetnce that got you all the thumbs downs but anyway, yes, Pouiliot can do something beautiful every now and then but the only thing he does consistently is these timely bad penalties.

    • justinpecora50 - May 25, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      The great Emelin, first he gets his goalie hurt and now this!!!!

  3. bigdaddy44 - May 25, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    JUSTICE!!!!!!

  4. billiam55 - May 25, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    One more win baby!!!! Btw Tokarski was beast all game. give credit to the kid.

  5. 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    The way Tokarski has played, especially tonight, the Habs can’t claim Price’s injury as an excuse for losing the series if (and now probably when) they do. Tokarski gave them a fighting chance. I know the kid probably feels like sh-t right now, but he shouldn’t. When a world-class sniper like St. Louis is allowed an unobstructed shot on goal, there’s almost nothing you can do.

  6. stakex - May 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Huge game for the Rangers. If they would have lost this game, the series very well could have gotten away from them. Instead they took this game and stuck it right up Therrien butt, and they are about to do the hockey world a favor by sticking a fork in the most annoying team in the league.

    As a bonus, they did it with team zebra doing just about everything possible to get this series tied. Now I’m not saying most of the calls against the Rangers weren’t legit, but the refs were no doubt calling the game a lot tighter for one team than the other.

    • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      Of course the league would prefer see Montreal in the final over NY, who just happens to be one of the biggest markets in the game. Don’t you know US audience would be bigger if Montreal were to be in the SCF?

      You’re such a homer.,

      • stakex - May 25, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        Selling the story of the first Canadian Stanley Cup in 20 years wouldn’t be a massive story? Yeah, ok.

        As it happens though, I don’t think this has anything at all to do with Montreal…. but rather it has to do with making the series as long as possible. Far from just this series, you see officials favoring the trailing team almost all the time in the playoffs. I guess that will happen with all the profits teams stand to make from more games.

      • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        Then we should see a lot of favoritism towards the Rangers in the SCF. Right?

      • adamfrantz - May 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        How does Michelle’s spunk taste? Or are you still sucking on the tit?

      • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        classy. about as classy as some of the things that were said by the Habs players and coach.

    • 1337ryan - May 26, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      If the Rangers win this series they’ll have taken out the 3 most annoying teams in the league. If they get Chicago they can take out the team with the most annoying goal song.

  7. bwayblueshirt - May 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Afwul officiating in both NY games. Those aren’t zebras, those are donkeys with bad paint jobs. For the record, the only penalties to the Rangers I thought were bogus were Richards (contact with the puck supposed to negate tripping) and Boyle (stick to chest, not face), but my problem was the same standard not being applied to the Habs. Markov was hooking so hard I expected him to get arrested for solicitation.

    • Dave Fouchey - May 26, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      “Markov was hooking so hard I expected him to get arrested for solicitation.”

      Ok that one line made me laugh for real.

    • puckluckpost - May 26, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      I hope Plekanec is not too badly injured after that viscious high stick he took from Boyle!

  8. nysportsrule - May 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Kudos to Takarski, the kid looked awesome tonight. The refs were a different story. The rangers were undisciplined, yes, but some of those high sticks and trips were utter BS and should have been embellishment.

    • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Yes. Like the 2 handler from Staal over the head of Desharnais. Didn’t the refs get that one right?

      • justinpecora50 - May 25, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        No they missed that one as well as the 3 embellishments, and by the way PK’s dive was a good 9.0.

      • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        Lol. 10.0

    • 7mantel - May 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Yes and and extra 2 mins Subban should have gotten for kneeing Nash in head after he got 2 for tripping. The Habs want respect someone should tell them it’s earned, not an entitlement !

  9. terrier92 - May 25, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Thank God

    Send Habs to golf course please

  10. dan46778 - May 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Typical candains flopping

    • hawkeedawg - May 26, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      Not sure what a candain is… but just to clarify as I see it a lot on these pages.

      A CanadiAn is someone who lives in Canada
      A CanadiEn is a hockey player on the Montreal hockey team.

      And every NHL team has more than a few CanadiAns on them, and I haven’t checked, but I would guess that most have a French Canadian or two on them.

      • avscup - May 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        And golf courses will soon have a few Canadien’s, eh?

  11. 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    It ain’t over ’till the fat lady sings. Unfortunately for the Habs…

    http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1786790!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg

    Stick a fork in ‘em. They’re done.

    • brandotho - May 25, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      As a fan, the Rangers could blow this series as easily as they came back last series. Perhaps even easier.

      • 19to77 - May 26, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        Fair point, but with King Henry in net I just don’t see it happening. He’s just too good for the Habs to win the next three in a row.

  12. mrd5c - May 25, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Tokarski has certainly made a name for himself. Nothing to be ashamed about. The rest of the team and coach have a lot to be ashamed of. Whining, complaining, cheap shots, media manipulation and embellishment. I have little to no respect for the Habs. I hope the refs look at the tape and look for the whiplash head snaps in the future. That said, the Rangers took too many careless penalties and are extremely lucky to escape with the win. Maybe we won’t need to see Prust until next season. Rangers!!

    • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      Have you been watching the other series or just your beloved Rangers? It’s sick, it’s disgusting, and it sucks, but other teams are doing it as well. You’ve not seen the last of this type of behavior. You’ll see more in the SCF. At least only one player has roughed up a ref thus far. Eh!

  13. brandotho - May 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Only thing that was fishy was the lack of calls on Montreal’s ridiculous embellishment. They flopped like fish out of water. The Rangers stole this game, much like how Montreal stole Thursday’s game

    • cheetah440 - May 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      not fishy at all. It’s called Canadien Hockey, been that way forever.

  14. justinpecora50 - May 25, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    HABS on brink, big penalty kill in OT. Another terrible mistake by Emelin, St. Louis is his guy. Ref’s still suck in the series, and the Rangers did take bad penalties, but there were at least 2 dives and the Staal high stick late in 3rd that they missed.I expect HABS to be a tough out, but I do expect the Rangers to prevail ans head to the final.

  15. ajg314 - May 25, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    I guess I really shouldn’t be, but dammit I really am; I cannot believe how incompetent and seriously awful these refs have been this whole series. How many missed calls have there been? I can’t count them anymore. I can’t speak for any series other than the Rangers ones, but damn they’ve been terrible from the Flyers series to the Penquins series right through to now. These are supposed to be their best refs working the playoffs? Go Rangers!!

    • brandotho - May 25, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      8 power plays for Montreal compared to just 3 for NY. Sorry, I don’t buy it. Could have gotten at least one embellishment call the way the Habs were flopping

  16. jacques05 - May 25, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Tokarski played great but he gives up juicy rebounds and doesn’t play the puck as most skilled goaltenders. To have a goalie with puck skills like price is an overall advantage with the long ice stick to stick passes he makes. Tokarski played awesome tonight and you can see he was getting comfortable, st Luise goal was beautiful shouldn’t give him an inch but they did!

  17. nicknyhc - May 25, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    The Hab’s locker room white board:

    Gameplan:

    1. Dive

    2. Embellish

    3. Cry

    4. Throw opposing players into our own goalie

    5. Complain that opposing players are crashing into our goalie

    6. Watch the Rangers practice

    7. Throw the Rangers staff out of our practice. Accuse them of cheating and throw the word “gentleman” around a lot. Yell at the Rangers staff until Ulf scares us

    8. Cry

    9. Threaten to hurt already injured Ranger players

    10. Accuse Rangers players of trying to hurt our players

    11. Cry

    12. Lose

    13. Rant and rave about imaginary atrocities for the next two days

  18. bigwayne75 - May 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Just one more win and we don’t have to heard Montreal’s coach crying and his players faking everything.

    • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Just one more win before you rack up 4 loses. It’s too bad, but the Rangers don’t stack up to either of the WC teams. Not that the Habs would be better.

      • theghostofwillisreed - May 26, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        shut up already.

      • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        classy. real classy bud.

      • bigwayne75 - May 26, 2014 at 2:39 AM

        OK Nostradamus, they should just wrap it up the season now and give the cup to the winner of the Hawks and Kings series. It is funny people were saying once the Pens went up the Rangers 3-1, oh it is over the Rangers are finish they bounced back. People were saying the Canadiens were going to beat the Rangers and now look it at the Rangers are up 3-1. So you don’t know what is going to happen that is why they play the game.

        Rangers are 3-1 (1-1 against the Kings, 2-0 against the Hawks) against the Kings and Hawks, blah blah blah, go ahead and say that playoff hockey is different then regular season hockey, I am saying that the Rangers will go into them games with confidence. It looks like the WC series is going to go 7 games, if the Rangers finish it up on Tuesday, they can rest their injured players for a few days while the Kings and Hawks beat up on each other.

        So hate on the Rangers all you want but they are 1 win away from knocking your team out of the playoffs.

      • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 8:03 AM

        Hehehehehe! My team? Who? Kings? Hawks? Blues? Pens?

        “So you don’t know what is going to happen” yet you write “It looks like the WC series is going to go 7 games” then lets just play a do or die game now. ;-) Chill! I don’t hate your beloved Rangers. I picked the Rangers vs Flyers and Pens.

      • biffnasty - May 26, 2014 at 6:34 AM

        @joey4givestoothybj”s…funny seeing all your bitter comments. I usually don’t pay attention to the thumbs up/down, but I guess your always insightful comments and friendly nature on PHT have made you many new friends. Looks like every time you post, you have a minimum of 68 thumbs down. Keep up the good work

      • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 8:04 AM

        68 thumbs down…. how shall I survive…… OMG! :-(

        Are you actually here to make friends?

  19. isphet71 - May 26, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    I bet Montreal Fans never realized that Lucic was trying to do them a favor when he tried to lift and separate Emelin’s gonads with his hockey stick.

    Emelin should be ashamed of his positioning and hustle on that overtime goal by St. Louis.

  20. charlie24zz - May 26, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Anyone got a razor?

  21. sixchr - May 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Something tells me we won’t be seeing articles about Canadiens fans on Twitter mentioning St. Louis’ mother or September 11th tomorrow morning.

    • brandotho - May 26, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Even as a fan of most things New York and by default a hater of all things Boston, it’s laughable that Montreal and their fans somehow were “classy” during that series

      • bsaundaz - May 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        I am a fan of all things Boston and a hater of everything New York; I am rooting for the lesser of the two evils here. The Rangers. I would not agree that their fans nor players were “classy” during the series. They’ve been acting the same way since their series against the Lightning.

        Game plan is to run the goalie, dive, and hold the stick; not get caught and then complain when they lose. I accept that we lost, but I think we beat ourselves with penalties; albeit some were NOT penalties. The same thing is happening in this series, calls against the rangers which are not penalties, and no calls against the habs.

    • 7mantel - May 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      I don’t follow twitter , is that true ? If so, thats really sad !

  22. lennaykekua - May 26, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Habs; just like typical French guys….flopping all over the place and whining. The league should be embarrassed with how this series has been called. See you at Chez Paris after the gm on Tues. Im buying (Rangers only).

    • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Hahaha! Pouliot & St Louis are French guys.

      BTW, There is no such place as Chez Paris. Is that why you’re buying?

  23. napoleoniihateusernames - May 26, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Pouliot takes holding penalty (holding Subban’s stick for what seems like an eternity) ; right in front of ref; in offensive zone; with less than a minute gone in OT!!!!

    A couple of minutes later, Pouliot shoots puck down the ice; a few feet before red line; Leads to offsides, which leads to scoring chance for Habs in OT.

    Are you gonna tell me these were mistakes by Pouliot? Are you kidding me? Is this FIXED? Is this guy trying to throw the game?

    I am really interested in your opinion. If you have a better explanation I am all ears.

  24. homieshome - May 26, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Go Rangers!! Marty is the man, Gid I love him. Congrats to Tokarski, he may be inexperienced but he’s motivated & hungry, kept them alive for 2 straight games now. That coach of theirs though, i dont like him, is there anything he doesnt whine about?

    • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Rangers deserved the win, and I”m glad St. Louis got the winner because he missed a few prior to OT. I was actually surprised the Rangers didn’t put the game away much earlier. I suppose their indiscipline didn’t make things easy for them. No doubt the best team won, and should win the series. Would be nice to see the series go to 6 or 7 to give both teams extra gate receipts. Big business requires big money.

      • homieshome - May 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        For the first time, i’ve actually just enjoyed one of your comments Joey, hope it wasnt just a fluke lol.

  25. adamfrantz - May 26, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Being a Wings fan I was really excited for this original six series. I have a family member on the Habs and started out pulling for them. BUT SCREW THE HABS! This series has shown how much of a classless organization they run. Their coach (has a girls name…i know that’s classless of me to say…but I can do that…this is a message board not a multi-billion dollar team) is one of the worst human beings in a sport that employs Cooke and Carcillo and should be ran out of the sport; the practice incident just secured how much of a true b!tch he is. The Norris trophy winner from last year does nothing but flop and cheap shot when he has the chance. The rest of the team follows suite as well…after a cheap, obviously dirty hit and a broken jaw it players suggest it was fishy…I understand that this is a head game and all but those are over the top, even in the playoffs. The blue shirts have been true class and their coach has shown how to stick up for your team and play the mind games in the right way. I really hope the Rangers walk over the Habs in their barn in game 5. That team doesnt deserve to play another game; let alone have a chance to win the best prize in sports. I may never get the players tickets to a game in Montreal ever again for posting this…but it’s worth it.

    • bakedbees - May 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      The Rangers coach has a feminine first name also…what’s your point?

  26. mrd5c - May 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Just curious, is Michelle Therrien Cindy Crosby’s daddy?

  27. bighossa - May 26, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Against Boston they were the Habs, against the Rangers they are the “Hab Nots”. Buahahah

  28. charlie24zz - May 26, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    3-1, gotta win one in our barn, then one in New York, then all bets are off. I believe…and you’re all trolls!

  29. oneil1234 - May 26, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Jesus Montreals 7th player really showed up tonight to try and help them win. Pp in first 2 minutes of OT? I called that penalty as soon as I saw it was going to overtime. It’s so easy to predict when Montreal
    Gets powerplay opportunitys.

  30. jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    joey: you just set a new record for ratio of thumbs downs to thumbs up on any type of sports blog.

  31. richmanfl - May 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Marty, we miss you in Tampa Bay!

    Wish you a Stanley Cup and GO Rangers GO!

  32. nybadger - May 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Couldn’t agree more with adamfrantz and bigdaddy. This series turned from a MTL sympathizer to their hater and I love the rich tradition of the NHL and respect every original 6 team. These people, current players and coaches in MTL are annoying and disgraceful. Can’t wait to eliminate these fools!

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