New York Rangers 4 Montreal Canadiens 7
Derek Stepan was a starter for the Rangers and Alexei Emelin did not dress for the Canadiens. It only took Chris Kreider 22 seconds to get himself in the sin bin with a tripping call. P.K. Subban had his numbers out and Kreider pulled out of the check on time but skates got tangled and Subban went down. Alex Galchenyuk tipped Subban’s shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 1:48 to take the early lead. The Rangers didn’t get any really good pressure on the Canadiens’ goalie until just over nine minutes into the period. Martin St. Louis got a beautiful pass across the ice to Carl Hagelin who’s shot was miraculously blocked by the handle of Dustin Tokarski’s stick. Anton Stralman did a great job getting the puck out to St. Louis to get the play started. With 9:16 remaining in the period Derek Stepan ripped a shot past Tokarski stick side and caught the inside of the post to tie the game at one each. John Moore threw his weight around and rocked Dale Weise’s world.
GIF: J. Moore drives Weise into the stanchion http://t.co/pryDucZhB0
— Miss (@myregularface) May 28, 2014
Then the Canadiens added another goal to their tally by Tomas Plecanek at 12:24 in the period. The Canadiens retook control of puck possession and got their fore check in place with strength. David Desharnais got caught with his hand in Dan Girardi’s face and took a roughing penalty at 18:33 in the period. The Rangers had good pressure during the power play with great chances but were unable to convert before the end of the period. The Rangers were out shot 10-12 in the period.
The Rangers started the period on the tail end of their power play and couldn’t get their mojo going. Andrei Markov tried to help the Rangers by taking a break in the penalty box at 1:03 but the Rangers still weren’t able to capitalize. The pressure was on but just not enough to get the puck in the net. Max Pacioretty put Montreal’s third puck in the net at 3:44, beating Lundqvist “5 hole”. Mats Zuccarello got sent to the box at 4:46 for pushing one of the Canadiens into Tokarski, it looked a lot like what happens when the Canadiens push the Rangers into their own tender. The Rangers were able to successfully kill off the penalty but the Canadiens got their fourth of the night at 6:54. Lundqvist was looking terrible compared to the rest of the post season. At 8:58 mayhem ensued sending a total of five players to penalty boxes for six penalties and gave the Rangers the ability to make a goal tending change. For the Rangers Derek Dorsett received a high sticking and rough major and Brian Boyle for roughing, though he wasn’t doing anything but trying to keep Rene Bourque out of his face. The Canadiens sent Rene Bourque for roughing, Frances Boullion for high-sticking, and Weise for roughing. The whole scrum started over a late hard hit by Weise on John Moore. The Rangers didn’t let the 4-1 score get them down, Rick Nash tallied a power play goal at 9:48 to keep the Rangers in the game and break up the momentum. Stepan potted his second of the game at 12:06 to bring the Rangers within one. Tomas Plecanek finally got caught “embellishing” at 13:05 as he tried to draw a penalty for high sticking; it worked well for him in game four. Kreider got a beautiful redirection on the power play into a wide open goal at 14:12 in the period to tie the game. Just under a minute later Bourque took the lead back for the Canadiens. Then Subban did what he has perfected in this series and took a dive at 18:35 to draw a tripping penalty on Benoit Pouliot. The teams went to the rooms with a score of 5-4 and the Rangers being severely out shot 6-12.
The teams returned to the ice with the Rangers on the last 35 seconds of penalty kill time. at the 1:45 mark, Talbot got some post love as a shot rang off the post and bounced away from the net. The pace of the game was fast and the intensity was up to 11. The referees seemed to have put their whistles away as the game started to get over run with slashes and sneaky hits. Bourque was a man on a mission and he put the finishing touch on his hat trick at 6:33 to put the Canadiens back up by two goals. Less than a minute later Josh Gorges drove Rick Nash into Tokarski giving the Rangers a power play. The Rangers got a 5 on 3 power play at 8:46 when Boullion went to the box for holding Derick Brassard. John Moore was assessed a penalty for elbowing on Weise. Then the referees decided to persecute J. Moore to cover themselves after the Brandon Prust debacle, and sent J. Moore the room early. Lars Eller got careless and went to the box at 14:11 for holding. Eller got to spend 17 seconds on the ice before getting sent back to the box for cross checking Zuccarello into the boards.
GIF: Eller hit on Zuccarello http://t.co/wMdejJraoE
— Miss (@myregularface) May 28, 2014
Alex Galchenyuk served Eller’s second penalty for roughing Brassard, who was also sent off for roughing. Desharnais managed to get the empty net goal to put the Canadiens up 7-4 and that’s how it ended. The Rangers were out played and out shot 28-27 in the game despite coming back to life in the third and out shooting the Canadiens 11-4 in the period.
The teams meet for game six in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night 29 May at 8pm.