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. PK says:

    Hey, Boone … Toker will be fine … don’t trust your premonition.
    It is “the King” who is going to get his a$$ handed to him in a sling

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  2. WindsorHab-10 says:

    PK Subban needs to bring his game to the same level he had against Boston. We desperately need that from him.

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Sigh ok we know the game is in NYC CBC you have only said it 1000 times

  4. PK says:

    Let’s take it to them Habs!!!

    GHG!!!

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  5. Fansincebirth says:

    It is our Dustiny!

  6. JohnBellyful says:

    No worries, my friends. Fate is on our side. This is a team of Dustin T.

  7. Danno says:

    Is this party rolling?

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  8. habfan100 says:

    Danny Briere is showing up again tonight.

  9. Peter Young says:

    May the best team on the night win and may that team be our Montreal Canadiens!

    A special shout-out to our fellow Canadiens fans in Ukraine! May our team play with the spirit, determination and courage the people of Ukraine have displayed.

    On Canadiens!

  10. HabsfanlostinTO says:

    Wonder what PK’s listening to in those headphones
    ________________________________________________
    I knew I was in a safe place in enemy territory when I walked into a Toronto bar and the bartender was wearing a Béliveau jersey

  11. habsinnyc says:

    Think Vanek will show up tonight? Maybe extra day off will have helped heal the boo boo he got from PK’s hit in the last series?

  12. sreuel says:

    Once again Boone putting down the Habs. Maybe he should blog for ?

  13. danhabsfan says:

    Go Habs Go. You have to play and win a team game, can’t count on Hecht kid like last game. Go Boys!

  14. AceMagnum says:

    Gallant looks like such a cool badass. Therrien should’ve sent him to talk to the Rangers spies instead of dorky Daigneault.

    Gerry is learning french too…..good stuff.

  15. habsinnyc says:

    BTW, I kept saying in Game 3 that someone needed to get to the net. Did anyone notice how on our OT winner, Pleks took an extra step to the outside, letting Chucky get to the net in time for a typical Henrik rebound? Need to that all night tonight.

  16. FlyAngler says:

    RE Dave Jackson- well how many games have the Habs & the Rangers played in the playoffs since 1999 and how many of those games has Dave Jackson worked? Sounds like and absolutely meaningless stat to me and Jackson has always appeared to me to be fair and evenhanded in his work.

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  17. manorrd says:

    Go Habs! You can do it, boys!

  18. DLS HAB says:

    Lol. Therien comes to game with Vigneault. CBC.

  19. habsinnyc says:

    CBC is also covering LA/Chicago, right? Have there been any reports on the ratings for those games with no Canadian teams compared to ratings for games with the Canadian team that they like to s*it all over?

  20. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Congrats Russia YOU WON the WHC!!! congrats! Pffft

  21. L Elle says:

    Ruck the Fangers. And Monsieur Vigneault too. :)

  22. johnnylarue says:

    Okay, I’m officially in awe of that Photoshop work.

    Very, very nicely done, Ms. Gold.

  23. DrA says:

    That was weird, Tokarski wins Memorial cup while wearing Habs colours beating Kitchener Rangers in NYR colors. Prophecy?

  24. Psycho29 says:

    WOW PJ didn’t like PKs “slewfoot” on Dorsett (after Dorsett bumped him after the whistle)….What a surprise!!!

  25. Texus says:

    That Toker trade looking pretty bad for Tampa, think they would’ve liked to have Tokarski over Lindback and Gudlevskis loll. Meanwhile Cedric Desjardains doing nothing in AHL…

    • johnnylarue says:

      On that note, Lightning would have stood a fighting chance of taking at least a game with Gudlevskis in goal, IMO. Lindback was strictly average from the get-go.

  26. rhino514 says:

    Biggest game of the season right here.
    I like the character on the team to go out and do everything possible to win this game….BUT, Tokarski will have to avoid letting in a weak one again; tough to ask the kid to outduel Lundqvist.
    With Pricey, we had this in the bag. With the Kid…just imagine the pressure he will be feeling tonight, in the visitor´s barn.
    The guys will have to play a perfect game in front of him.

    No wiggle room at all. Scary.

    • Mike Boone says:

      That’s exactly my read.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

    • CJ says:

      Tough to win when your team only scores one goal on home ice. Zero margin for error. Fact is, we wouldn’t have won game two regardless of whether we had Price, Plante or Dryden in net. The first and third goals were essentially unstoppable. Sure, I thought the second goal was soft, but when you aren’t scoring you place undue pressure on the goalie, especially a 23 year old playing his first playoff game.

      We need goals. We can’t rely on a young goalie to backstop us. I think Tokarski can, but that’s a lot of pressure. The pressure to perform should be on our skaters, IMO. Time to light it up tonight. If a great shot isn’t available, burn one at Hank’s shoulder/head, then lazar the next one on the ice at his feet and scramble for a rebound.

      • rhino514 says:

        Price would´ve stopped the Nash shot.
        No guarantee we would have won, but Price, the way he is playing now, can be counted on to stop pretty much everything he sees.
        Not so with the kid.
        The guys will have to play absolutely perfect in front of him, cover the open man, no deflections, etc…

  27. WVHabsfan says:

    It is a great day to be a Habs fan wherever you may be!!!!

    • HabsfanlostinTO says:

      Indeed! I only had words with one Leafer today who commented on my Habs shirt

      ________________________________________________
      I knew I was in a safe place in enemy territory when I walked into a Toronto bar and the bartender was wearing a Béliveau jersey

  28. Fansincebirth says:

    Trust in Dustin

  29. HabsKid says:

    Healy’s a tool!

    • kevin says:

      I refuse to watch CBC, watch RDS and not being able to speak French, although I would love to, it helps in my comprehension….long way to go, though

      PEIKC

      • scamorza says:

        et le but! pvring RDS tonight every time i do that at home we win, when I am on the road and watch live we win, every time at home and I watch it live we lose, ergo pvring it tonight – look forward to reading post game comments after we win
        GHG

        come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  30. Texus says:

    Jackson and O’Rourke good crew, they worked games 2 and 7 vs Boston hehe :D Should mean we can finally get some fairly consistent officiating tonight.
    Also, screw CBC, RDS all the way!

  31. Fansincebirth says:

    Healy – dumb ass personified

  32. WVHabsfan says:

    Enjoy the game with your fellow Habs fans,UKRANIANhab! I gotta watch the game with my dog so I am envious!!

  33. HUDSONHAB says:

    Go Habs Go!!

    ….Hab4life….

  34. I just saw Alain Vigneault’s media response about the coaches watching practice……I had respect for him now he’s just another lil biatch! :lol:

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

    • Willy the bum says:

      Vigneault okayed to let assistant coaches check out opposition’s practice, which seems like a dumb thing to do and consider the staff cheats.

      < "TO-KAR! TO-KAR! TO-KAR!"

  35. Fansincebirth says:

    White in?

  36. HairyHabist says:

    By ripping eachother in front of reporters, I think the coaches are actually calling a truce on the tit for tat stuff.

    I expect for the rest of the series, any injuries will be accidental.

  37. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Fuck em
    Fuck em
    Fuck em
    Fuck em
    Fuck em
    Go HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. jsaz says:

    To many days apart between games here.

  39. DipsyDoodler says:

    50 US Senators asked the Washington Redskins to change the team name.

    Should the Oil Kings also be pressured to change their name?

    Leaving aside that King is both patriarchal and undemocratic, fossil fuels are destroying the planet.

    I say change that name, Oil Kings. Find a more acceptable name like the Edmonton Tobacco Companies, or the Edmonton Conquistadors.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  40. Bouillon’S IN? Don’t like it one bit.

    OK Frankie when they direct pucks to the net either get outta the way or block it.

    Next, instead of whipping that puck around the boards directly to the oppositions defense, try controlling and making a nice break out pass.

    OIL KINGS WIN THE MEMORIAL CUP…..you know what that means right? The Brandon Wheat Kings lost to the Champions, no shame I that :lol:

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

  41. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Im in Ukraine and I have 10 Hab fans watching the game with me. Cool huh?

  42. Adidess says:

    Both our PP and our PK better be working tonight, especially early.

    The climate surrounding this game up to now suggests to me refs will be extra vigilant. They might even call some weak ones in the first to send a strong message. If we benefit, we better make our opponents pay. If they nail us first, we better come out with our best PK.

    I have a feeling there will be a few goals tonight, here’s hoping we score a good 4 of them.

  43. habsinnyc says:

    Dagger to the heart — my almost 7-year old daughter just said “Go Rangers.”

  44. FormalWare says:

    Congrats, Mads! Go, Larry!


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  45. Fansincebirth says:

    Any Habs prospects on the Oil Kings?

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    Boullion needed a break to recharge, he is fresh again now and experienced.
    Fresh players skate instead of reaching. More disciplined and less penalties if we skate with the puck instead of chasing the puck.

    Someone tell PK to stand still during the anthem’s he is a disgrace!!! And you can tell him I said so! Or I’ll phone his dad!
    .

    • habfan100 says:

      Tell Timo that.

    • Fansincebirth says:

      Who drew in for Prusty?

    • Adidess says:

      I used to be annoyed by it too early on, but have observed that quite a few guys (in various sports) keep their feet active during the anthem. I believe it is part of Subban’s whole routine now and they probably think it helps them.

      When you look at it, the anthem is something these guys hear almost 200 times a year (ok 120, I don’t know), before every game, pre-season or playoffs. I would prefer that they stand still, but I also don’t quite understand why it is necessary the play national anthems before every hockey club game. We’re not talking about national teams here. Based on that perspective, I have become more accepting of what those playing choose to do during the anthem.

      Go Team CHanada!

  47. 24AW says:

    Best Goalie wins tonight.

  48. habfan100 says:

    Lundqvist is due to get lit up. He looks so shaky in there.

  49. Say Ash says:

    Congrats to Little Eller!

  50. Aerobiz says:

    I TRUST IN DUSTIN

    http://i58.tinypic.com/eheqdu.jpg

    Please forgive the repost from the last thread. SHARE IF YOU BELIEVE!

  51. habfan100 says:

    I bought a 12 pack of Molson Ex that I intend on finishing tonight.

  52. Rugger says:

    The Rangers have already lost the series. They lost it the second AV sent out the goon to “get Prust” instead of focusing on scoring. AV is still focused on the wrong stuff – lousy coach.

  53. Ian Cobb says:

    This one is in the bank folks. This team knows how badly they have played for 3 games. And they also know what they can do as a team when everyone is going 100% for 60min. So it is up to them to put it together, like they know they can! 3 to 2 Hab’s.

    Once we get to the next round! well, both Chicago and L.A. are both well coached power houses. NOW I’M SCARED!

  54. HairyHabist says:

    The Rangers think they know the Habs. But they haven’t seen the Habs at their best yet in this series. I think the Rangers will see a better team tonight.

    • HabsfanlostinTO says:

      If they play like they did in Game 2 but with Dustin in net, I’ll be happy

      ________________________________________________
      I knew I was in a safe place in enemy territory when I walked into a Toronto bar and the bartender was wearing a Béliveau jersey

  55. habfan100 says:

    Hmm…Sportsbooks have Rangers as slightly higher favourites tonight than Game 3…-170 to win by a goal.

  56. habfan100 says:

    We cannot, repeat cannot have another first period like we did in Game 3. Toker was great, but we can’t let shots of 14-4 happen again.

    We know the Rangers are going to come out flying in the first 10 minutes and we will need to respond.

    I can’t make any predictions tonight, I just hope our boys can tighten up defensively against the Rangers in the neutral zone. Powerplay needs to start clicking again as well.

    • Louisville says:

      With Bouillon’s speed expect more of the same. Really hard to understand the logic of taking out Beaulieu. Not only do we give up some offensive potential, this move makes the Rangers speed even more dangerous.

  57. paul_b says:

    Go Habs Go!!

  58. PK says:

    Habs have made some adjustments in their personnel
    … I had my doubts about MT but he has made some good decisions during this playoff run.

    If the Habs can play like the last two games of the Boston series,
    then we will be fine.

    Light up Lundqvist like a Xmas tree tonight!!

    GHG!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Also some hard hitting in NY’s end and the neutral zone. Rangers don’t like being hit. Let’s see the Game 6 Habs from the Boston series!

      • scamorza says:

        if we can play like the game 6 against the bruins I even like our chances against LA. yes we will get through the Rangers and as much as I would like a MTL vs. Chicago series ….

        come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  59. Dunboyne Mike says:

    @Scamorza
    Close!
    It wasn’t Excedrin, it was Instantine!
    Jacques Laperriere: “Instantine works for me. Try it!”

  60. Marc10 says:

    DMoore has been great for the Rangers. He is a true playoff performer. Same for Boyle and Brassard. (before he got injured). They won’t get you to the playoffs, but once you’re there, those three are full value.

    Good match up this series. It’s a real test for the boys to bring it when it counts.

  61. trolly says:

    Lmfao. That Mind Games album cover is classic (no pun intended). Is the giant head in the background MT?

  62. HairyHabist says:

    Brassard is back but Moore replacing Stepan as their #1 line center is a downgrade.

    Bournival is not a move to replace Prust. It’s a move to add speed. And Bouillon’s experience should help them do a better job of clearing the zone. Weaver also seems to play better with Bouillon than Beaulieu. These are good things for the Habs.

    People tend to forget the Habs scored 3 goals against Lundqvist in the last game. If they can get to him again and Tokarski comes up with another strong game, I like our chances.

    • scamorza says:

      agree I like Beaulieu but I found he was a bit challenged in his own zone last game.

      come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  63. kempie says:

    Aaaaaaaargh!

    It’s frustrating to have come this far and not played their best hockey so far in this series. Things get crazy this far into May/June but I’ve recently seen this team play some very, very good hockey in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, they’ve shit the bed a few times too.

    But this team still has some really strong hockey left in them and I hope everybody is sufficiently pissed off to make that happen now.

  64. Marc10 says:

    Habs need to play a smart road game. Trap, hit, frustrate and counter punch. Get a couple past Lundqvist and let the MSG crowd do the rest. They’ll start grumbling when they think of the team’s contractual commitment to the big Swede while the Habs pull a kid from the minors and he outshines ‘The King’.

    Oh and when Brassard ends up in the corner. Hit him extra hard. Just drill him right through the boards. Within the rules of course… But extra hard. Same with Stepan when he makes his prodigal return. Active stick then punishing follow through. See how they cope.

  65. Tomi says:

    Is Michael Therrien still the coach of this team?

    I can’t believe Therrien had the nerve to tell the Rangers’ coaches to leave the practice. There was never any agreement.

    Maybe Therrien can offer to help make Vigneault a better person in the offseason.

    I effing hate this team. Get it over with and lose. Frankie B in the lineup? Give me a break!!! It’s going to be so ugly tonight. The Rangers will beat the Habs physically and on the scoresheet.

    Then we can fire Therrien and move on.

  66. I believe that it’s meant to be, feels a lot like 93!

    GO HABS GO

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

  67. Cal says:

    Book of Hab
    Chapter 14
    p.15

    And so the battle raged anew in
    The City that never sleeps.
    And lo, The Faithful gathered in
    The Temple to cheer on the Lions of the
    Ste-Flanelle.
    Doom was upon them yet Hope shone
    Like a Beacon from the Mount.

    So sayeth the Book of Hab

  68. PK says:

    The adrenaline is rushing !!

    Habs win tonight and take the series in 6.

    Need that extra gear tonight, one that has been missing for the first three games

    Go Habs Go!!

  69. CJ says:

    Anyone else watching the Memorial Cup? My favorite line so far, “the Ottawa Senators kissed the draft floor when they were able to grab Lazar at 17 overall.”

    No doubt that Guelph is the better team, but it’s a single game to decide the event, so anything can, and thus far has, happen.

    • BJ says:

      I just finished watching the second period. I thought Edmonton completely dominated. I’m not sure Guelph had the puck more than 2 minutes out of the 20.

  70. FormalWare says:

    3.0 THOUGHTS
    =========
    1.0: A best-of-seven hockey series is a lot like a war. And in the age of mass media and the Internet, the propaganda battle can influence the outcome of the mental & physical battle, in any war. Habs are dominating the propaganda battle, in this particular war.

    2.0: Lars Eller does not centre the Habs’ fourth line. I don’t care which wingers you stick him with (MT), his line must not be labelled as the fourth (Mr. Boone). He had played well enough in these playoffs to be immune to that indignity.

    3.0: Prediction: Habs will lead after one, survive a siege in the second, and prevail in the third.


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  71. Rad says:

    Habs have to be favored going into this game. They have all the momentum while not yet having played their best hockey in the series. Stepan’s loss is big, and Bouillon in for Beaulieu is a positive. Beaulieu’s forays into the offensive zone are a little too high-risk for a pivotal game like this, and Bouillon’s experienced, stable game will help us. I welcome the re-united 4th line of Briere, Bournival, and Weise — they played very well together earlier in the playoffs. With Prust out, Pacioretty will get some added minutes killing penalties, and the more ice time he gets, the better he plays. Look for Max to have a big game, along with Subban and Eller. Habs with the W tonight to deadlock this series.

    • CJ says:

      Although I, respectfully, don’t agree with the statement regarding Beaulieu (perception vs reality), I’m hoping Frankie has a big game. By big I mean play within himself and chip in offense where and when he can.

      I’m firmly behind the team, line up decisions be damned.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Emelin playing 20 minutes on the right is a much, much bigger risk than Beaulieu playing 10-12 minutes on the left. Poor decision in my point of view. I´m glad that Bournival is in though.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Rather see White in as we have no Grit now that Prust is out. Moen’s been doing fine but White’s faster and tougher.IMO. I realize the Rangers are not the Bruins but some toughness may be needed on the 4th line.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        I´d take skill over toughness any day but yes, I would also like to see White in. Maybe for Weise, maybe for Vanek who´s just not fit but not for Bournival.

  72. kempie says:

    A little jittery here, I must say. I’m gonna try upping the meat/fire/beer quotient.

  73. Still waiting for the Real Canadiens to show up, and if they do we won’t have to worry about Tokarski winning this game for us.

    POSSESSION, PUCKS TO THE NET!

    The End!

    Habs 6
    Rags 4

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

  74. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    This seems appropriate considering all of the off-ice shenanigans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFQG6OOQmh8

    X X X X X X X X X 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

  75. kempie says:

    First, baby.

    Suck it Sather.

  76. FlyAngler says:

    He should have had that- it went right over his stick as usual on the PP…..

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  77. Odie24 says:

    Ya, but who cares what you think?

  78. CJ says:

    Boston jobbed Boston. Not the officiating.

  79. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Troll . Don’t worry about him

  80. habs_54321 says:

    um yes they are

  81. naweed235 says:

    In fact I base that comment on his general play this whole season…

  82. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Yep! Just needs to keep his feet moving

  83. ianism says:

    does it matter what she is?

  84. Adidess says:

    Good point!

  85. Peter Young says:

    It certainly wasn’t intended as a criticism of our goalie, who played his heart out. It was merely a comment on the style of goaltending and its vulnerabilities. I’m an old-timer, which is why it came to mind that the old style of goaltending would have made that much more saveable.

  86. J Haul says:

    Weak clears all year. It’s baffled me the entire season. How can they constantly get it right to the line, but not over? Unreal…

  87. Coach K says:

    physics

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  88. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Ignore.

  89. NCRhabsfan says:

    Idiot!

  90. sprague cleghorn says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  91. Ton says:

    how was your round of golf today with Milan?

  92. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Your an idiot. Loser

  93. Max says:

    Just curious.Which team do you support?

  94. sprague cleghorn says:

    What a full life you lead.

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  95. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Loser Bruins fan troll…

  96. PK says:

    Oh look guys,
    The trolls are coming out.

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  97. Ton says:

    Booney take note!

  98. sprague cleghorn says:

    Huh?

    … ‘ow could we forget that?


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