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Game 5 preview: MTL vs. NYR

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Eastern Conference Finals: Game 5

Rangers lead 3-1

On Tuesday night, the Habs will look to stave off elimination in front of their fans at the Bell Centre

Down two-one in the series against the Rangers, the Habs came close to getting their second consecutive win, but finally fell 3-2 in overtime due to a Martin St-Louis goal. New York took an early lead when Carl Hagelin converted on a short-handed breakaway in the first period. Francis Bouillon, playing his first game since May 3rd, made the most of his return and tied the game in the second frame on a two-on-one play with David Desharnais.

At the end of the second period, Derick Brassard put the locals back on top, but P.K. Subban drew his team even with a rocket from the point on the powerplay in the third period. In the dying moments of regulation, Alex Galchenyuk came close to notching his second game-winning goal in a row, but saw his wrist shot from the slot go off the crossbar and straight down without crossing the goal line. In the overtime frame, St-Louis, who had been denied by Dustin Tokarski on several glorious opportunities in Game 3, made no mistake and buried a perfect shot from a sharp angle to end the game.

Thought Subban forced overtime with his man-advantage goal, the Habs will have to do better on that front, they who only went one-for-nine with nine shots on the powerplay in Game 4.

Martin St-Louis and Carl Hagelin will once again be the ones to watch for the Canadiens’ defense corp. St-Louis has racked up five points in four games so far while Hagelin has amassed two goals and an assist during the past two outings.

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

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