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Rangers beat Canadiens in OT, take 3-1 series lead

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 11:46 PM

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Rangers beat Canadiens in OT, take 3-1 series lead
Montréal Canadiens 2, New York Rangers 3
Three Stars of the Game
Martin St. Louis
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:01
Carl Hagelin
Carl Hagelin
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:44
Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 4
+/-: 1TOI: 14:53

NEW YORK ( -- The New York Rangers are one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.

Martin St. Louis scored the overtime winner at 6:02 on Sunday night to give the Rangers a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. Game 5 is Tuesday at Bell Centre (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

It's the first time the Rangers have led 3-1 in a best-of-7 series since the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals. New York lost the last three games of the series. The Rangers were previously 12-0 in playoff series after taking a 3-1 series lead.

Montreal has rallied from a 3-1 series deficit twice, in 2004 against the Boston Bruins and in 2010 against the Capitals. The Canadiens have never rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the conference final.

St. Louis got the puck in the right circle and had an open look at Montreal goalie Dustin Tokarski, who has robbed St. Louis on several occasions in the series. This time, St. Louis ripped a shot inside the near post and over Tokarski's glove to win it.

Brad Richards kept the puck in the zone and got it to Carl Hagelin, who moved it across to St. Louis.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves, including arguably his most important of the night on Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk with 3:15 remaining in regulation. The puck hit Lundqvist in the right shoulder and then clanged off the crossbar, falling down in front of the goal line.

The win was the 41st of Lundqvist's career in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying him with Mike Richter for the most in franchise history.

Galchenyuk motioned to the officials that he thought it was a goal, but the puck never crossed the line. The on-ice officials never went to review the play.

New York also got goals from Hagelin off a shorthanded breakaway in the first period, and Derick Brassard on a slap shot off a breakaway late in the second.

Francis Bouillon and P.K. Subban scored for the Canadiens. Tokarski made 26 saves.

Montreal had a power-play opportunity 30 seconds into overtime when Benoit Pouliot was called for holding Subban's stick. The Canadiens didn't convert and were 1-for-8 on the power play Sunday.

Six of Montreal's eight power plays were a result of offensive-zone infractions by the Rangers.

Montreal did snap an 0-for-14 drought on the power play in the conference final with Subban's goal off a one-timer from the point two minutes into the third period. Rangers center Dominic Moore was in the box for tripping Canadiens center David Desharnais at 32 seconds.

The power-play goal snapped the Rangers' streak of 27 straight successful kills. They hadn't allowed a power-play goal since Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

The Canadiens got another chance on the power play, their seventh of the game, 59 seconds after Subban's goal when Richards was called for tripping Montreal forward Dale Weise in the offensive zone.

The Rangers were able to kill Richards' penalty without allowing a shot on goal. They blocked shots from Subban and Montreal forward Max Pacioretty.

New York grabbed a 2-1 lead with 55.3 seconds left in the second period on Brassard's fifth goal of the playoffs. Brassard missed the previous two games with an upper-body injury sustained early in Game 1.

Lundqvist played the puck to defenseman Dan Girardi, who came out of the corner in the defensive zone and found Brassard alone at the far blue line with a stretch pass. Brassard took a few strides into the zone and blasted a shot from the hash marks past Tokarski.

Lundqvist picked up an assist on the play. It was the first point by a Rangers goalie since Richter on May 11, 1997 in a game against the New Jersey Devils, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Brassard was open because he got behind Bouillon, who less than 11 minutes earlier put a similarly impressive shot past Lundqvist to tie the game at 1-1.

Bouillion, who was playing for the first time since May 3, joined Desharnais on a 2-on-1 rush against Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. He took the pass from Desharnais and roofed a shot from the left circle past Lundqvist and into the far corner at 8:08 of the second period.

The Rangers had three players deep when Rene Bourque made a nice touch pass to Desharnais in the neutral zone. Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman overcommitted in his pursuit of Desharnais, setting up the 2-on-1 rush.

Tokarski kept it 1-1 with a couple of sublime saves before Brassard beat him with his close-in slap shot.

Brassard had a chance from the slot off a rebound from Mats Zuccarello's wraparound attempt, but Tokarski dropped his stick and still made a blocker save at 11:31 of the second.

St. Louis went in alone on a breakaway during a delayed penalty at 16:50, but Tokarski robbed him with a glove save.

Montreal had three power plays in the first 10 minutes of the game, but the result was a 1-0 lead for the Rangers on a shorthanded breakaway goal by Hagelin at 7:18.

Desharnais couldn't handle Subban's pass behind the net. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh got the puck and center Brian Boyle came to support him as he was looking for an outlet to get the puck out of the zone.

Instead of clearing the puck, Boyle saw Hagelin get free in the neutral zone, behind Subban, who was slow getting back to his point. He delivered a tape-to-tape pass and sent Hagelin in alone from the blue line.

Hagelin deked to his backhand and beat Tokarski through his five-hole for his sixth goal of the playoffs and second in as many games.

scoring summary
1st Period
SHG - Carl Hagelin (6) ASST: Brian Boyle (3), Ryan McDonagh (7)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
Francis Bouillon (2) ASST: David Desharnais (5), Rene Bourque (3)
1 - 1 Tie
Derick Brassard (5) ASST: Dan Girardi (6), Henrik Lundqvist (1)
2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
PPG - P.K. Subban (5) ASST: Andrei Markov (6), David Desharnais (6)
2 - 2 Tie
1st OT Period
Martin St. Louis (6) ASST: Carl Hagelin (4), Brad Richards (6)
3 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
Josh Gorges  Holding against  Benoit Pouliot
J.T. Miller  Interference against  Mike Weaver
Benoit Pouliot  Hi-sticking against  Alexei Emelin
Dominic Moore  Cross checking against  Tomas Plekanec
2nd Period
Andrei Markov  Tripping against  Carl Hagelin
Rick Nash  Hi-sticking against  P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov  Roughing against  Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle  Roughing against  Andrei Markov
Brian Boyle  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Plekanec
P.K. Subban  Tripping against  Rick Nash
3rd Period
Dominic Moore  Tripping against  David Desharnais
Brad Richards  Tripping against  Dale Weise
1st OT Period
Benoit Pouliot  Holding the stick against  P.K. Subban
goalie stats
Dustin Tokarski
Dustin Tokarski
SA: 29TOI: 65:54
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .897SH: 3 - 4
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 29TOI: 66:02
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0