Rangers rediscover MSG winning formula to even series

J.T. Miller

And now their series against Montreal is even.

"The guys were playing on their toes", Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said.

The question always comes back to: Where would the Habs be if Pacioretty produced more than one assist in the first four games?

"We had a lot of unforced turnovers [Sunday] that we need to correct", Vigneault said. They'd be wise to take a page out of the Rangers' book, who proved how far a few key adjustments can carry you in a playoff series.

Carey Price stopped 30 of 32 shots for the Canadiens, who received their lone goal from Torey Mitchell.

From the opening face-off, the Rangers served notice that they would not surrender easily. Twelve of them played in that Saturday afternoon, Game 1 victory over Tampa Bay in the conference final on May 16, 2015, and all of them enjoyed one of the greatest moments of their career three days earlier when Derek Stepan scored an overtime victor in Game 7 of the second round against Washington. You can bet that each team was pleased to get offensive contributions from the bottom of their lineups.

The New York Rangers look to even the series before heading back to Montreal as the two sides meet up at MSG on Tuesday night.

While goals were scarce in New York's 2-0 win in the series opener, there were three in the first period alone on Friday. By comparison, Montreal was credited with 29 shots on goal. The difference in Game 4, though, was the focus was not exclusively on physical play. "I think our execution needs to be much better if we expect to win". A costly penalty on a faceoff by J.T. Miller resulted in the Canadiens' first power play of the game. The Rangers opened the scoring at 11:39 when Jesper Fast slipped the puck under Price.

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Lehkonen's pass reached Radulov, who was battling Brady Skjei in the neutral zone. The Rangers power play had gone 0-10 this series to that point.

With everyone buying into the defense-first philosophy, beating the Canadiens three times in the next four games will be hard for the Rangers.

"I thought Alex had a real good game", Julien said to Sportsnet. The second time, he missed curfew during the playoffs. At the end of the second period in Game 4, Zuccarello hit Alexander Radulov deep in the Rangers' defensive zone to recover possession of the puck. "I was trying to go to the net all night and trying to cause some chaos", Nash said. Tanner Glass, who scored in Game 1, and Kevin Klein were among the scratches. But the preponderance of play was controlled by the Rangers.

"The analogy I've got to give you is, if you go to play golf and you have a bad round, if you bring that bad round the next game, you're going to have a tough time", Vigneault said.

Nash broke a 1-1 tie 4:28 into the second period with his second of the playoffs and 14th in 69 career Stanley Cup playoff games.

Sergei Bobrovsky had 27 saves to help the Blue Jackets get their first playoff win in three years and their first-ever in regulation. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 5 goals. Unfortunately for Canadiens' fans, Weber's shot did not find the net. His rebound shot from the doorstep rolled up the pad of Bobrovsky with the goalie dropped in front of the net. "And they came close again".

Through the first quarter mark of the season, the Rangers looked, and were rightly praised, as the team that was going to change the way lineups were built.

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