NHL: St. Louis’ Game-Winning Goal, Lundqvist Makes Crucial OT Saves
Martin St. Louis was given five chances to score throughout the night and went 1-5. Luckily for the Rangers, that one goal ended up being the game winner. St. Louis capitalized on his final opportunity with a top shelf goal to close out the game.
When Derick Brassard was asked about St. Louis’ overtime goal, he responded with “If I had to bet on one guy to score in overtime, I would bet on Marty”.
“He saw room,” Dustin Tokarski replied when asked about the game winning goal. “Whether it was a lot or a little he made it count”.
Montreal had won their last four overtime games against New York, but the Rangers managed to get the win with outstanding goaltending and a crucial overtime goal. The Rangers’ win places them one game away from winning the Eastern Conference Final, and one game closer to a chance at winning the Stanley Cup.
New York entered the game with an 8-0 record in postseason when leading after the second period, and furthered that streak to 9-0 Sunday night after its 3-2 victory.
While in overtime, the Canadiens were given the upper hand with a power play opportunity, but Henrick Lundqvist came through with multiple huge saves to help New York kill off the penalty. Lundqvist saved 27 of the 29 shots on the night.
Tokarski made vital blocks that allowed the Canadiens to remain in the game. In the first he was able to stop back-to-back shots made by Derek Dorsett and Brian Boyle, but Carl Hagelin opened up the scoring with a short-handed breakaway assisted by Boyle. The next goal was seen from Francis Bouillon to tie the game at one by the end of the first.
Derek Stepan had to face surgery on his broken jaw after being hit by Brandon Prust in game three, making Derick Brassard’s return to the lineup timely as he made an impact on Sunday night’s game. In the second period Brassard made a breakaway goal with 55 seconds remaining before intermission. This gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead going into the third.
The Rangers lead would not last long, and P.K. Subban came up with a power-play goal minutes into the third period to tie the game at two.
Montreal showed weakness when handed power-play opportunities. They only went 1-for-8 in Sunday night’s game, and are currently at 1-for-18 during the series.
Game five of the series will be played in Montreal Tuesday night, as New York leads the series 3-1. The Rangers have the opportunity to close out the series and earn a conference win, while the Canadiens hope to prevent being eliminated.