Liveblog: Conference Final Game 4 – St. Louis scores in OT, pushes Canadiens to the brink

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Rangers take control

Credit the Canadiens with resilience.

They battled back from 1-0 and 2-2 deficits to force Overtime.

And they had the early pressure in OT.

But Henrikl Lundqvist stopped everything.

And after the Canadiens failed to clear their zone when they had three chances to do so, the great Martin St. Louis beat Dustin Tokarski to give the Rangers a stranglehold on the series.

Future Hall of Famer ends it

After the Canadiens flubbed three chances to clear their zone, Martin St. Louis fired a laser over Dustin Tokarski's shoulder to win an OT thriller.

P.K. and PP finally click

Two minutes into the period, all five Canadiens on a power play touched the puck before P.K. Subban blasted it past Henry Lundqvist.

An Alex Galchenyuk shot dinged off the crossbar behind Henrik Lundqvist.

Canadiens had an 8-6 shot advantage.

 

Heartbreaker

With less than a minute to go in the period, Derick Brassard got behind the Canadiens defence and Dan Giradi's long pass found him.

Brassard beat Dustin Tokarski to restore the Rangers' lead.

Francis Bouillon had tied the game at 1-1 eight minutes into the period.

Rangers had a 11-5 shot advantage.

Deadly power play

It's sure killing the Canadiens.

The Rangers took three consecutive penalties, during which the PP was pathetic and surrendered a shorthanded goal to Carl Hagelin.

The Canadiens were better 5-on-5 and outshot the Rangers 11-9.

P.K. Subban, caught up-ice on the Hagelin goal, played a ridiculous 12:14.

Pivotal

Buckle up for the key game of the Eastern Conference Final.

If the Rangers win at Madison Square Garden Sunday night, they take a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.

If the Canadiens win, they regain home-ice advantage in a best-of-three.

Can Dustin Tokarski reprise his Game 3 heroics?

Have the Canadiens solved Henrik Lundqvist?

What will be the impact of two suspensions – Brandon Prust and Daniel Carcillo – and Derek Stepan's broken jaw?

The Canadiens' Saturday practice had Michäel Bornival skating with Daniel Brière and Dale Weise. Francis Bouillon was paired with Mike Weaver and likely draws in for Nathan Beaulieu.

Derick Brassard returns to the Rangers' lineup.

Puck drops 8:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

• Pre-game reading: A nice Bruce Arthur piece on Brendan Gallagher

1,464 Comments

  1. dexterdog says:

    VANEK is German for MOOSENUT. Get the fuck out of town.


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