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Thursday, May 22, 2014


           Earlier tonight in New York, the Rangers battled the Montreal Canadiens with a chance to take a 3-0 series lead with a win on home ice.  The big story for the Habs was the new 4th line of Vanek - Bourque - Briere.  The Rangers dominated the first, but Dustin Tokarski made several highlight reel saves. But with under 5 to play in the first, Rangers came in on a 2 on 1, Gorges went down to block the pass and he went into Tokarski and St. Louis fired a shot, Gorges made a save with his glove before Haglin batted the puck in to make it 1-0. The shots were 14-4 Rangers in the first. 3 minutes into the second, Pacioretty played the puck to Markov on the right wing and he wristed a shot past Lundquist to tie the game. That was Markovs first goal of the 2014 playoffs. Late in the second, St. Louis had a one timer at the side of the net and he was stopped by Tokarski. The shots were 13-9 Rangers. Both Lundquist and Tokarski were solid early in the third.

           But with 5 minutes to go, McDonaha gave the puck away to Weiss in the slot and he was stopped by Lundquist. 2 minutes later, Bourques shot was stopped, Vanek got the rebound and fired it wide and it went to Briere in behind the net and he threw it in front and it went off former Hab draft pick, McDonaha and in to give Montreal the lead at 2-1. With under a minute to play, St. Louis's one-timer from the side of the net was stopped. Another highlight reel save by Tokarski. 30 seconds later, Girardi's shot deflected off of Kreider and off of the skate of Emelin and in to tie the game. The shots were 9-9 in the third. 3 minutes into the overtime, Plekanec's shot was stopped and it went off the chest of Galchenyuk and in to win the game! 3-2 is the final. Tokarski is the number 1 star with a Ken Dryden like performance making 35 saves on 37 shots.

       The Habs were sloppy at times, but Tokarski was there to bail them out. The series is now 2-1 in favour of New York and there is a guarentee of at least one more game in Montreal. But before that, the Habs have one more game in the big apple on Sunday at 8:08pm.

- Andrew Di Pardo

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