NEW YORK -- It was an opportunity the New York Rangers were happy to have in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens: They were in overtime, at home, with a chance to move within one win of a series sweep.
But the Rangers skated off as frustrated losers after a favorable bounce off the arm of Alex Galchenyuk and a standout performance by rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski gave Montreal a 3-2 win and new life in the series.
The best-of-7 series resumes Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). But instead of having a chance to sweep the Canadiens and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994, the Rangers need a victory to avoid letting the Canadiens regain the home-ice advantage that New York grabbed by winning the first two games in Montreal, outscoring the Canadiens 10-3.
New York outshot Montreal 37-25 and carried the play for most of the night. But Galchenyuk's goal 72 seconds into overtime left the disappointed Rangers feeling they'd deserved better.