Tokarski steals one
Rookie Goaltender Dustin Tokarski faced a 14 shot barrage in the first period while the Canadiens managed only four on Henrik Lundqvist.
He was beaten only Carl Hagelin.
The Canadiens slowly fought their way back into the game. Andrei Markov tied it at 1-1 early in the second period, and Daniel Briere gave the Canadiens a lead with a tick over three minutes left.
But Chris Kreider – the R.J. Umberger of this series – ticked one in off Alexei Emelin's skate with Lundqvist on the bench and 28 seconds left.
The Overtime hero?
Alex Galchenyuk, who had been invisible to that point.
Galchenyuk wins it
Tomas Plekanec threw the puck toward the net.
Alex Galchenyuk – invisible to that point – tipped it past Henrik Lundqvist.
And the Canadiens win a wild one.
Can't catch a break
With a tick over three minutes left, daniel Brière scored to give the Canadiens a rare lead.
But with Henrik Lundqvist on the bench and 28 seconds left, a shot by Chris F. Kreider ticked in off Alexei Emelin's skate.
rangers have a 36-22 shot advantage over three periods.
Tied in spite of themselves
Andrei Markov converted a pass by Max Pacioretty.
It was the Canadiens' sixth shot of the game.
Dustin Tokarski has made 26 saves through two period.
The Rangers will begin the third on a power play.
The Rangers had a 14-4 shot advantage.
The Canadiens went 12 minutes without a shot on Henrik Lundqvist.
Dustin Tokarski handled the bombardment well until Josh Gorges took him out of the play on a Rangers' 2-on-1, opening the door for Carl Hagelin's goal.
P.K. Subban was caught at the Rangers' blueline on the play.
Max Pacioretty has three of the Canadiens' shots, Daniel Brière the other.
Hope springs eternal
Your Montreal Canadiens were better in Game 2 than in Game 1.
Granted, it would have been difficult to be worse. But Game 2 possession stats favoured the Canadiens, and they'll need more of the same as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden.
Michel Therrien juggled three of his forward lines at the team's Thursday practice.
Thomas Vanek, who played less than 12 minutes in Game 2 and did not record a shot on Henrik Lundqvist, dropped down to the fourth line, with Brandon Prust and Daniel Brière.
Alex Galchenyuk moved to left wing with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. Lars Eller will centre Rene Bourque and Dale Weise, while the top line – David Desharnais between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher – remained intact.
The Canadiens will need traffic in front of Lundqvist, who stops everything he can see. Special teams have to improve. And Dustin Tokarski will have to get in touch with his inner Ken Dryden/Patrick Roy.
• Pre-game reading: A really excellent analysis of the goal that turned Game 2 around.