Liveblog: Radulov beats Rangers 4-3 in OT

Sign him, Marc.

Alexander Radulov ended a thriller at the Bell Centre, and the Canadiens are alive in this series.

Tomas Plekanec, of all people, scored with 17 seconds left to send a great game into OT.

Carey Price was on the bench for an extra attacker when Pleks beat Henrik Lundqvist with the Canadiens’ 44th shot on goal.

A scrappy second period included fights and a Rick Nash goal that tied the game, halfway through.

Then five minutes later, Brendan Smith’s point shot ticked off Mats Zuccarello and past Carey Price to give the Rangers their first lead.

The visitors had the best of the early going … until the Canadiens first shot on goal beat Henrik Lundqvist.

Alex Radulov sped down the left wing and gained the NY zone to start a sequence that ended with Jeff Petry scoring from the faceoff dot to the King’s left.

Almost 10 minutes later, Nathan Beaulieu could not control the puck at the Rangers blueline and Michael Grabner  was away and in alone, beating Price with a backhander.

Two minutes later, Paul Byron cashed a lovely feed by Brendan Gallagher to restore the first-period lead.

The Rangers have had 30 shots on Price.

 

 

1,151 Comments

  1. olematelot says:

    What a great game, how about my man Pleks. Under appreciated and much maligned. A great warrior for how long?

  2. Storman says:

    We just new they were going to score with 17 seconds left it was obvious..

  3. DDPKS says:

    Rangers were looking better than the Habs for most of regulation.

    What happened, did Habs kick it up a gear or did the Rangers lose a gear? Habs dominated OT. Before that I didn’t think the Habs deserved to win but wow did they really showed their tenacity in OT. They seemed to be winning more puck battles and theirs were a result of winning puck battles near and around the net.

    Good to see Gallagher, Byron & Rad with big games. Petry seemed dangerous and it was great seeing Weber knock down Grabner before that tying goal. Even Beaulieu despite some mistakes looked dangerous offensively. Props to Pleks who has been slagged as a less than stellar playoff performer.

    The 4th line + 3rd pairing D though is still weak as heck. They’re like sitting ducks against whoever the Rangers put on the ice against them.


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  4. savethepuck says:

    WOW. Was that ever exciting. A little over 30 seconds left and I did my poker “CMON ONE TiME PLEASE!”, because it seemed the Habs rarely score with the empty net, and it actually worked. Thank God they won it in OT, so I didn’t have to waste it. The rest of you will have to use your “one time” the rest of this run now.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  5. Danno says:

    This must be a record for the number of HI/O posts saying “Never in doubt” at 10:30 pm.

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  6. habsinnyc says:

    So if Weber had scored the OT winner rather than hit the post, what do you suppose the PK vs. Weber discussion would have been?

  7. RightNyder says:

    I think the key was them chartering a private jet to bring in DD to light the ‘ice torch’ tonight, and get him back in time for his own game.

  8. Storman says:

    56k modem and all and HIO still had over 1k comments..

  9. Stiglitz74 says:

    @ 2:29 left in OT, Grabner almost scores but Nesterov of all people reads the play and stick checks him. Yeah Nesterov, thanks mate. Well done indeed.

    • habcertain says:

      What about the rest of the game? He had some awful d zone giveaways.

      • savethepuck says:

        I agree, he had a lot of questionable moments but that one helped.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

      • Stiglitz74 says:

        I agree completely I would give Davidson a shot in the lineup now. But he did one important thing right after all, stickcheck Grabner with two and a half left in OT… so for that I’m thankful. Had he not done that Grabner pots it for sure and we are down 0-2 in the series…

  10. habcertain says:

    Just when you are ready to toss it in, the boys pull off another comeback. Nice to see the regular guys get going, Max still has a little work but this was a big team win. Weber and Markov were studs, Nesterov is KHL material, he was brutal.

    Chucky has his groove and a new lifetime linemate if they all stay, Leks.

  11. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Interesting. We have 2 centres/wingers playing on the 3rd line. I like it! CJ would need to keep Galchenyuk, Shaw, and Lehkonen in one line.

  12. filchock79 says:

    mlevine

  13. B says:

    The Rangers had the worst home record of teams that made the playoffs this season. It’s quite possible to come out of NYC with at least a split. I’ve never thought it would be easy, but I do believe this series is doable.

    –Go Habs Go!–

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    2nd Star Lundqvist
    1st Star Radulov

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  15. Al Burtlap says:

    Awesome game and awesome win! So intense and such drama.

    Many positives including and especially Pleks, Byron,Gallagher, Price, Weber, Markov and finally Galchenyuk off the fourth line.

    That said, if Julien is dead set on rolling four lines and three D pairs, he has to swap in McCarron for Ott and possibly Mitchell for King.

    If I see Nesterov again, I truly fear that I may immediately and spontaneously turn into Timo and start asking for Juliens head. Beaulieu too should get either benched or a less risky partner so he can either watch or play his game. As it is, Nesterov messes up everything except Weber Markov.

    Off to New York. I hope to see some of the changes above, but the sam intensity and team game these guys FINALLY started to play in the OT.

    Go Habs!

    • habcertain says:

      I thought Ott had a good game, King not do much. I would go for a McCarron swap with Martinsen.

      • Stiglitz74 says:

        King is too slow against this fast team. I think Mitchell is the fastest of all the plumbers and Flynn just as fast as Martisen. Would like to see Mitchell – Ott – Flynn. We need more wheels

  16. PK says:

    Congrats peeps.
    Weekend will go better now.

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    – Nostradamus, 1552

  17. Strummer says:

    Meanwhile the Blue Jays are turning into the ’15-’16 Maple Leafs ,
    1-9 so far

    -Some folks really have trouble letting go of stuff, eh?-

  18. CJinBK says:

    If game 1 was a very Habs loss, then game 2 was a very Habs win. Lundqvist and Price were both excellent and lucky. Shea Weber’s epic far post in OT should have done it, but the horseshoe was in full effect.

    Love to see Plekanec and Radulov score the big goals. And Pacioretty got into beast mode. The power play with Weber and Benn in the box was predictably toothless. Galchenyuk made some terrible decisions with the puck. Nesterov single-handledly gave me an ulcer. Emelin come home; all is forgiven.

    Most good on this Good Friday: the Habs 1-6 regular season Friday night record didn’t carry into the playoffs. (But I’m still not looking forward to the matinée which the NHL schedulers will inevitably throw the Habs’ way.)

    Onto that other small island! Go Habs!

  19. Arnold 56-79 says:

    this is what playoff hockey is all about. Nothing more intense in any sport.

    It’s critical that the main players achieved redemption and a boost in morale. Even if just for now. You could see the emotion as they gave every ounce they had from the second half of the third period through overtime.

    Pacioeretty catching up to Nash and reeling him to turn the flow the other way is my defining moment. Radulov was a Claude. Lemieux or John Leclair in the crease for the winning goal. Markov has a hockey IQ double most other players.

    Weber played his best game in years probably. He was challenged and physically attacked like nothing else this season. He took the punishment, dished it out, kept his poise at both ends and was a key player in setting up dozens of chances. A real warrior.

    The Plekanic line was noticeable all game. Galchenyuk got better the longer the game got. Petry and Beaulieu recovered and hung tough. Price came up big when needed most.

    One game, but the heart of the team was evident and made a statement.


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