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Game 4 preview: MTL vs. NYR

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Eastern Conference Finals: Game 4

Rangers lead 2-1

On Sunday night, the Habs will try to even the score against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Thursday night, the Canadiens earned their first win of the Eastern Conference Finals when Alex Galchenyuk scored a minute into overtime to give the visiting team a 3-2 victory. Unlike in the first two games of the series, Michel Therrien’s team finally got some bounces going their way. On the winning play, Tomas Plekanec corralled the puck after a defensive zone faceoff win, worked the give-and-go to perfection with Brian Gionta to get up the ice, and aimed a snap shot to the far side of Henrik Lundqvist’s net. The Rangers netminder kicked up a rebound toward Galchenyuk, who saw it go off his chest and into the back of the net for his first playoff goal of 2014.

New York’s Carl Hagelin, who had a team-leading five shots on net, opened the scoring in the first period. In the second frame, Andrei Markov jumped up into the rush and buried a Max Pacioretty feed to knot the game at one. Late in the third, Montreal gained its first lead when Daniel Briere scored with the help of new linemates Thomas Vanek and Rene Bourque. Chris Kreider forced overtime in the dying moments of regulation, with Lundqvist out for an extra attacker.

Dustin Tokarski bumped up his playoff save percentage to 0.925 after stopping 35 of 37 shots. Meanwhile, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 of 25.

The Rangers’s Daniel Carcillo will not see the ice for the remainder of the series, as he has been suspended ten games for hitting an NHL official. The Habs’ Brandon Prust, for his part, will sit for the next two games after the league ruled that he made a late hit on Derek Stepan. Stepan injured his jaw on the play and may miss Game 4. Prust may be replaced by Michael Bournival, who skated on the fourth line at practice on Saturday. Elsewhere, Francis Bouillon may draw in for Nathan Beaulieu, as the veteran practiced alongside Mike Weaver.

Puck drop will be at 8:00PM E.S.T.

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