New York Rangers: Plenty being said about Blueshirts' big Game 4 win

  • New York Rangers: Plenty being said about Blueshirts' big Game 4 win

New York Rangers: Plenty being said about Blueshirts' big Game 4 win

Montreal captain Max Pacioretty expects the Rangers to play with more intensity Tuesday night and believes his team will be ready for that.

Until that goal, the game was nearly a virtual replay of Games 1 and 2. The Rangers' previous home playoff win was in Game 1 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay.

Carey Price turned back 35 shots in helping Montreal tie the series. Both teams have scored eight goals in this series. The Rangers knew they needed to be better after last game, and they certainly delivered tonight backed by Henrik Lundqvist.

Staal didn't seem to think his teammates trying to finish their checks was going to hamper them offensively at all, but Dan Girardi, another long-tenured member of the New York Rangers blueline, one with hyperbolically more playoff experience than the rest of the league combined at this point, made comments that echoed Vigneault's.

The Canadiens didn't given the Rangers much of a chance on Sunday, as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 3.

Despite have two power plays, the Rangers didn't score in the first period, and they were also out-shot by the Montreal Canadiens 10-6. "We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the next two out of three and that's what we wanted".

"I thought we did a good job defensively and offensively, but also our special teams were very good tonight too". A speed and skill game is the Rangers' strength and the best way to oppose the Canadien's dominating size.

The Canadiens tied it late in the period. "But you know it's one game at a time and [I'm] looking to get better".

The main statistical difference was Lundqvist had faced 118 shots - he made a career playoff-high 54 saves in the Rangers' 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2, a.k.a. "You got to make your passes - can't be at guys' feet, can't be behind guys". Price is a great goaltender, but he can't save them all if they keep taking shots, especially shots that make his game harder.

Montreal leads the best-of-seven set 2-1.

In the actual game itself, Vigneault heavily shielded his newly assembled "top line" of Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich, deploying them nearly entirely against the Canadiens' third and fourth lines and third defense pairing.

Through the first two games, Montreal has outshot NY 89-68.

New York Rangers' Rick Nash (61) shoots the puck past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in New York. After the Sharks offensive explosion, eyes turn to the Oilers as the team who is lacking offensive punch, having scored just five goals in four games in the series.

A different third period from the Rangers proved to be the difference as instead of sitting back on a lead they continued to push for a third goal.

In period three, Coach Julien juggled his lines to try and get something going. "In the second and third period we tried, but we weren't able to find the back of the net".

Blue Jackets 5, Penguins 4 • Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist and host Columbus held on to beat Pittsburgh, avoiding a sweep in the series. After a few icing calls, some near misses by the Rangers on the Canadiens empty net and some pressure by the Habs in New York's end, time expired as the Canadiens could not get the equalizer.