|MTL||0||1||1||1||(null - null)||3|
|NYR||1||0||1||0||(null - null)||2|
NEW YORK (NHL.com) - The Montreal Canadiens have life in the Eastern Conference Final.
Alex Galchenyuk scored off a rebound 1:12 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers in Game 3 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday at the Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Galchenyuk scored after Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made a save on Tomas Plekanec's shot from the left circle. The rebound came out to the right and Galchenyuk was there to score his first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his second game.
Rookie Dustin Tokarski gave the Canadiens the type of goaltending they typically get from Carey Price, who is out with a knee injury. Tokarski made 35 saves, including 26 through two periods and 34 in regulation. The 24-year-old looked calm and composed in his second playoff start.
The Rangers forced overtime when Chris Kreider scored his third goal of the postseason with 29 seconds remaining in the third period and Lundqvist pulled for an extra skater. Kreider, who was in front of the net, deflected Dan Girardi's shot from the lower part of the right circle. The puck hit Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin's right skate and redirected past Tokarski, who 26 seconds earlier robbed Martin St. Louis with a glove save from the right side.
It was the 10th time this postseason a team scored a tying goal in the final 2:30 of the third period. The Canadiens are the only team to win after allowing that goal, having also done so in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins in the second round.
The tying goal came 2:33 after Daniel Briere scored for Montreal. The puck was kicked into the net by New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead.
Lundqvist, who made 40 saves in Game 2, dealt with considerably less pressure Thursday. He faced 25 shots and stopped 22. The Rangers had a five-game winning streak end.
Montreal took a 2-1 lead with 3:02 remaining in regulation when Briere was credited with his third goal of the playoffs. Lundqvist made an initial pad save on Rene Bourque, and the rebound popped out to Thomas Vanek, who shot it off the end boards. The puck caromed out near the left post, where Briere got his stick on it to get the puck in front. McDonagh slid into the crease and knocked the puck into the net.
The Rangers had a 27-13 advantage in shots on goal entering the third period, but the game was tied 1-1.
Carl Hagelin gave New York a 1-0 lead at 15:18 of the first period. Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov tied the game with his first goal of the playoffs at 3:21 of the second.
New York was plus-14 in shots on goal and plus-21 in shot attempts (52-31) through two periods, but Tokarski stopped some quality scoring chances and Montreal had 15 blocked shots in front of him.
The Rangers had a scare 2:55 into the game when Montreal forward Brandon Prust hit New York center Derek Stepan. Stepan stayed down on the ice for several moments before he was escorted down the tunnel to the dressing room. Prust was not penalized for the hit, and Stepan returned to the bench at 8:15 of the first and resumed taking a regular shift.
Prust had to answer for the hit on his next shift, when Rangers forward Derek Dorsett fought him. The fight happened after Daniel Carcillo charged into Prust from behind and into the end boards. Carcillo was being held back by linesman Scott Driscoll as Dorsett and Prust were fighting. Carcillo physically attempted to get away from Driscoll, who was escorting him to the penalty box. He was assessed the minor for charging Prust and a game misconduct, leaving the Rangers with 10 forwards until Stepan returned 2:24 later.
The Rangers scored after Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban whiffed on a shot from the right point. Hagelin raced in to get the puck and went in with St. Louis on a 2-on-1 against Josh Gorges. Hagelin held the puck as Gorges slid backward and into Tokarski. He gave it to St. Louis for a one-timer Gorges stopped, but the puck bounced in the air and Hagelin knocked it into the net for his fifth goal of the playoffs.
The Rangers had a 14-4 edge in shots on goal and 25-12 lead in shot attempts after the first period. Max Pacioretty had three of Montreal's four shots on goal, and early in the second period he contributed on the game-tying goal.
Pacioretty took the puck into the offensive zone and threaded a cross-ice pass through Stepan to Markov in the right circle. Markov quickly cradled the puck and sent a low shot past Lundqvist on the blocker side.
|Carl Hagelin (5) Tip-in - ASST: Martin St. Louis (7)|
1 - 0 NYR
|Andrei Markov (1) Snap shot - ASST: Max Pacioretty (5), Brendan Gallagher (6)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Daniel Briere (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (4), Rene Bourque (2)|
2 - 1 MTL
|Chris Kreider (3) Tip-in - ASST: Dan Girardi (5), Derek Stepan (8)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1st OT Period|
|Alex Galchenyuk (1) Tip-in - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (5), Brian Gionta (5)|
3 - 2 MTL
|Daniel Carcillo Charging against Brandon Prust|
|Derek Dorsett Fighting (maj) against Brandon Prust|
|Brandon Prust Fighting (maj) against Derek Dorsett|
|Daniel Carcillo Game misconduct against Brandon Prust|
|Derek Stepan Hooking against David Desharnais|
|Brendan Gallagher Interference against Ryan McDonagh|
|Brendan Gallagher Roughing against Ryan McDonagh|
|1st OT Period|
|SA: 37||TOI: 61:12|
|Saves: 35||EV: 32 - 34|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .946||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 25||TOI: 60:09|
|Saves: 22||EV: 20 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .880||SH: 1 - 1|