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Alexander Radulov lifts Canadiens in Game 3

Forward has goal, assist to help Montreal take 2-1 series lead against Rangers

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber scored power-play goals and Carey Price made 20 saves for the Canadiens, who have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 4 is at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG).


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"It's good, but it's a best-of-7 series," Radulov said. "There can be four more games. We can enjoy the moment tonight, then get ready for the next one. There's nothing done yet, so we have to prepare.

"The next game's going to be huge. They're going to come out hard again, so we have to play the same way but with more effort and play good as a team."

Brady Skjei scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers, who were 0-for-3 on the power play and are 0-for-10 in the series.

Video: MTL@NYR, Gm3: Weber pots PPG on Galchenyuk's feed

"I think it's important we start with ourselves and not look at what they are doing," Lundqvist said. "Let's start with ourselves. Yes, they are a good team. We have to give more at home, in the playoffs, or we aren't going to win. We need more, it's as simple as that.

"Obviously special teams were a big part of the game tonight. I didn't come up with the saves there on the penalty kill. They made some good plays. Our power play did not get going and get any momentum for us. We all need to be better in the next one."

Video: MTL@NYR, Gm3: Price stops Hayes, lays out to cover up

Weber scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 12:18 remaining. After Mats Zuccarello was given a four-minute penalty for high sticking Andrei Markov, Weber one-timed Alex Galchenyuk's feed past Lundqvist from the left circle to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead. It was Weber's first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Radulov scored his second of the series on a brilliant individual effort later in the third.

Skjei made it 3-1 with 2:56 remaining when he one-timed Kevin Klein's feed from the point for his first career NHL playoff goal.

Video: MTL@NYR, Gm3: Skjei finds twine off deflection in 3rd

Goal of the game

Lehkonen gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 17:37 of the second period. After J.T. Miller was penalized for closing his hand on the puck during a faceoff, Lehkonen finished a tic-tac-toe passing play with Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec when he one-timed Gallagher's feed past Lundqvist from the slot.

Video: MTL@NYR, Gm3: Lehkonen buries tic-tac-toe PPG

Save of the game

Price came out to challenge and made a pad save on Michael Grabner's slap shot from the left circle with 12:52 left in the second period.


Highlight of the game

Radulov helped put the game out of reach when he fought off Kevin Hayes and managed to one-hand a backhand shot past Lundqvist with 4:25 remaining to make it 3-0. It was Radulov's second goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; he scored in overtime in Game 2. "I was just trying to stay in the neutral zone," Radulov said. "I got out of that lane and they gave me that pass. [Phillip Danault] tried to beat the guy and the puck ended up landing there and I was the first on it. You play in the moment. It happened fast. It's good we get that 'W'. That's the main thing."

Video: MTL@NYR, Gm3: Radulov nets nifty one-handed goal

Unsung performance of the game

Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry had six hits and blocked two shots in 21:29 of ice time.


They said it

"I thought it was a really good road game. It wasn't mistake-free, and no games are. I thought our guys were really focused from start to finish. I thought we did a good job defensively and offensively, but also our special teams were very good tonight too. Power-play goals, we scored a couple of those, but also our penalty kill units did a great job as well. We had a solid performance from all of our guys. To win in the playoffs, you can't afford any weak links at any time." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien


"There's no doubt in my mind that this group of players, they want to do well. They want to do well in front of their fans. Right now we're fighting it without a doubt, that should be evident. We're going to practice [Monday] and go from there." -- Rangers coach Alain Vigneault


Need to know

Weber led all players with 29:08 of ice time. ... The Rangers have lost their past six playoff games at home, their most recent win coming May 16, 2015 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. ... Klein made his series debut after being a healthy scratch the first two games. He replaced defenseman Nick Holden, who was a healthy scratch.


What's next

Game 4 of Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG)


Video: Radulov, Price lead Canadiens past Rangers in Game 3

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