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    April 28, 2014: Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 3
    Pittsburgh wins series 4-2
    Pittsburgh jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two periods in Columbus. 3 of the 4 were scored by Evgeni Malkin. The Blue Jackets nearly provided their fans with an epic comeback, scoring 3 goals in less than 5 minutes midway through the third period. In the end, the Penguins hung on for the win and the series victory.

    14+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSLiwMVSp-4


    April 28, 2014: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1
    Series tied 3-3
    L.A. broke open a 1-1 tie midway through the 3rd period by scoring 3 goals in less than 3 minutes. The Kings came all the way back from a 3-0 series deficit to tie the series at 3 games each, and give themselves a chance to become just the fourth team in NHL history to win a best of seven series after trailing 3 games to none.

    14+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcx0U8rQpKU

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    April 29, 2014: Philadelphia 5, New York Rangers 2
    Series tied 3-3
    Philadelphia led 4-0 after two periods on the strength of a Wayne Simmonds hat trick and strong goaltending from Steve Mason. The Flyers were outshot 36-29 but routed New York to force a Game 7 for the next night.

    15 minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBMnzTtEqzQ

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    April 30, 2014: Los Angeles 5, San Jose 1
    Los Angeles wins series 4-3
    Despite getting outshot 40-30 on the road, the Kings made history, routing the Sharks in Game 7 to become only the 4th team in NHL history to win a best-of-7 series after losing the first 3 games. The Kings joined the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers as the only teams to have ever accomplished this type of comeback series win.

    14+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MO-RmXtge8


    April 30, 2014: New York Rangers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1
    New York Rangers win series 4-3
    One night after getting blown out in Philadelphia, the Rangers won Game 7 at home on goals from Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot - 4th and 3rd line guys respectively. New York is 6-0 all time in Game 7's at Madison Square Garden.

    In 5 career Game 7s, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1 with a 1.00 GAA, a .963 SV%, and 1 shutout. He has allowed 2 goals or fewer in all 5 career Game 7's. In his last 9 games when the Rangers have faced elimination, Lundqvist is 7-2 with a 1.43 GAA, a .951 SV%, and 3 shutouts, including 6-0 record with a 0.98 GAA, a .965 SV%, and 2 shutouts in 6 games at MSG when the Blueshirts have faced elimination. So much for those critics who say Lundqvist isn't good in the playoffs, or that he isn't truly great because he hasn't won the Stanley Cup......he hasn't had the team in front of him to win during his career, with the possible exceptions of 2005-2006 (1st round loss after Jagr got hurt) and 2011-2012 (loss to NJ in the NHL semifinals).

    8+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4HyoDGX6QE


    April 30, 2014: Minnesota 5, Colorado 4 (OT)
    Minnesota wins series 4-3
    The Wild won Game 7 on the road for their first playoff series win since 2003 (incidentally, also over Colorado, in Patrick Roy's last game in the NHL - he is now Colorado's coach). They became the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 after trailing 4 separate times in the game.

    15 minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf7CQvESEJ8
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    NHL QUARTERFINAL (i.e., "CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL") MATCHUPS:

    Eastern Conference

    BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
    PITTSBURGH PENGUINS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS

    Western Conference

    CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. MINNESOTA WILD
    ANAHEIM DUCKS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS

    Teams with home ice advantage have been listed first. All series are best-of-seven.

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    May 1, 2014: Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 3 (2-OT)
    Montreal leads series 1-0
    Star defenseman PK Subban scored a power play goal, his second power play goal of the night, to give Montreal the win on the road in double OT. Carey Price was magnificent in goal for the Canadiens - Boston outshot Montreal 51-33. Boston also had two posts and a couple of close misses right in the crease - but as they say, you have to be good to get lucky, and Price was outstanding. These two teams have met in the playoffs more than any other teams in major sports league history - 34 series, including this series, dating back to the 1920's.

    15 minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSdQ_n_6Sr0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    May 1, 2014: Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 3 (2-OT)
    Montreal leads series 1-0
    Star defenseman PK Subban scored a power play goal, his second power play goal of the night, to give Montreal the win on the road in double OT. Carey Price was magnificent in goal for the Canadiens - Boston outshot Montreal 51-33. Boston also had two posts and a couple of close misses right in the crease - but as they say, you have to be good to get lucky, and Price was outstanding. These two teams have met in the playoffs more than any other teams in major sports league history - 34 series, including this series, dating back to the 1920's.

    15 minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSdQ_n_6Sr0
    Tough loss for the Bs...thy dominated the 2nd half of the game. If they can keep this up they'll still prevail....

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    Ah, springtime. Flowers. Nice weather. The Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. A great team made even greater by help from the NHL's referees.......after all, have to market "golden boy" Sidney Crosby. Gotta make sure he wins another Cup. Game 1, an illegal goal already awarded to Pitt despite goaltender interference. Gotta love it!

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    Sid seems to have picked a bad time (playoffs) to be in a goal scoring slump. 11 games and counting ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Wagon View Post
    Sid seems to have picked a bad time (playoffs) to be in a goal scoring slump. 11 games and counting ?
    Sid was hardly a Tour de Force during the Olympics either, but it didn't matter that much playing on a team that allowed three goals throughout the entire tournament.
    However, with the Penguins, any offensive contribution from him (and Malkin for that matter) would be greatly appreciated by the Pittsburgh faithful because Fleury is allowing at least one bad goal per game it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Ah, springtime. Flowers. Nice weather. The Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. A great team made even greater by help from the NHL's referees.......after all, have to market "golden boy" Sidney Crosby. Gotta make sure he wins another Cup. Game 1, an illegal goal already awarded to Pitt despite goaltender interference. Gotta love it!
    Bottom line, despite the goal that should have been waved off (can't believe they missed it, BTW) the Rangers prevailed and have taken home ice advantage away from the Penguins.
    They can really grab the Penguins by the short ones if they can win game 2 and I think they can because Pittsburgh quite frankly isn't playing all that great.
    They had far more trouble with Columbus than they should have had and if King Henry is in top form that's bad news for the Pens because Fleury has been inconsistent at best.

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    May 2, 2014: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2
    Chicago leads series 1-0
    Minnesota outshot Chicago 32-22 - including 17-3 in the second period - yet trailed 2-0 after two periods and lost 5-2. Corey Crawford outdueled Ilya Bryzgalov, and that was the difference.

    12+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NNeQLSyJdwk


    May 2, 2014: New York Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
    New York Rangers lead series 1-0
    This game saw Pittsburgh outshoot New York 36-27, but Henrik Lundqvist outdueled Marc-Andre Fleury.
    Pittsburgh tied the game at 2-2 after two periods; the Rangers had led 2-0 after the first. Pittsburgh's second goal should not have counted after Evgeni Malkin pushed Lundqvist back into his crease and moved Lundqvist's glove with his stick during the play, but it was allowed to stand. Lundqvist made a huge save with 15 seconds to play in regulation. Derek Brassard scored early in OT - the referee ruled that it went off of the crossbar, play continued, and Benoit Pouliot also scored for the Rangers a few seconds later. Ultimately, Brassard's goal was counted as the game winner and the Rangers surprisingly lead the series.

    14 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hjrg7E3P0oM

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    Maybe finals in conferences will same like last season . . Hawks-Kings and Pittsburgh-Bruins
    I hope Wild and Pens to go in Stanley Cup final . . .

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    May 3, 2014: Los Angeles 3, Anaheim 2 (OT)
    Los Angeles leads series 1-0
    Marian Gaborik was the story of this game. This was a close, hard-fought, pretty even contest. Gaborik assisted on L.A.'s opening goal, tied the game to force OT with a goal batted out of the air with 7 seconds left in regulation, and then scored the OT winner.

    10+ minutes of HD highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2-_oTjfjek


    May 3, 2014: Boston 5, Montreal 3
    Series tied 1-1
    Montreal led 3-1 with only 9 minutes remaining, and was on the verge of seizing a commanding 2-0 series lead before returning to Montreal for their first home game in the series. Boston, however, stormed back with 4 goals during that final 9 minutes to win the game and even the series.

    15 minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqs7u-bdUDk

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    May 4, 2014: Chicago 4, Minnesota 1
    Chicago leads series 2-0
    A comfortable home win for the defending Cup champs.

    12+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNeQLSyJdwk



    May 4, 2014: Pittsburgh 3, New York Rangers 0
    Series tied 1-1

    This was the Rangers' 4th game in 6 nights, and they looked tired despite battling hard. Pittsburgh was clearly fresher. This game would have been a rout except for the fact that Henrik Lundqvist was utterly brilliant in goal for the Rangers, making many point blank, extraordinary saves. This was one of the best games I've ever seen him play, and I've been watching him since 2005. The first goal deflected off of Ranger defenseman Dan Girardi two feet in front of Lundqvist, and the last goal was an empty netter.....Pittsburgh really only beat him once. Meanwhile, Penguin goalie Marc-Andre Fleury barely had to make any tough saves and was rarely tested.

    The Rangers and Penguins are playing again tonight - the Rangers' 5th game in 7 days, and second in 48 hours. This is the only NHL playoff series that has a back-to-back and the only series that does not have at least one two-day break between games.

    -Montreal and Boston have 2 days off between this past Saturday’s Game 2 in Boston and this coming Tuesday’s Game 3 in Montreal.
    -The Los Angeles/Anaheim series has 2 days off between tonight's Game 2 and this coming Thursday’s Game 4.
    -The Chicago/Minnesota series has 2 days off between Game 3 this coming Tuesday and Game 4 on Friday.

    12 minutes of HD highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6xKN0qq_js
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    [QUOTE=Marc Brunengraber;259673
    May 3, 2014: Boston 5, Montreal 3
    Series tied 1-1
    Montreal led 3-1 with only 9 minutes remaining, and was on the verge of seizing a commanding 2-0 series lead before returning to Montreal for their first home game in the series. Boston, however, stormed back with 4 goals during that final 9 minutes to win the game and even the series.[/QUOTE]

    Boston's comeback was reminiscent of the Maple Leafs epic tank job last year when they had the Bruins seemingly at their mercy in Game 7...

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    Typical Rangers collapse vs. Pittsburgh.........SO fucking frustrating. Outshot the Penguins 35-15, limited them to 1 shot in the third period (!!!!), hit two posts and a crossbar, and went 0-for-4 on the power play.

    2-0 loss and they now trail the series 2 games to 1. I predict Pittsburgh in 5.

    Only the Rangers could make a very ordinary Marc Andre Fleury look like Vladislav Tretiak, Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek in their primes, and get shut out back to back games by him.

    He made a terrific glove save on Zuccarello tonight, but hasn't been tested much with really tough shots.

    Normally Pittsburgh gets ridiculously favorable calls from the referees due to the NHL wanting to promote "golden boy" Sidney Crosby, but I can't complain at all about the officiating in this series......it's been called very well, for the most part.

    The Rangers are 0 for their last 34 power plays. That's unforgiveable. Rick Nash, Marty St. Louis, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh have been invisible. They've also had some piss poor luck, but at the end of the day, they need to look in the mirror and realize that they've outplayed Pittsburgh two out of the three games so far, yet trail in the series, due to their utter failure on offense, and specifically on the power play.

    This was also their fifth game in seven nights, which no other NHL playoff team has had to endure, but the schedule is what it is and they have to deal with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Normally Pittsburgh gets ridiculously favorable calls from the referees due to the NHL wanting to promote "golden boy" Sidney Crosby, but I can't complain at all about the officiating in this series......it's been called very well, for the most part.

    The Rangers are 0 for their last 34 power plays. That's unforgivable. Rick Nash, Marty St. Louis, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh have been invisible. They've also had some piss poor luck, but at the end of the day, they need to look in the mirror and realize that they've outplayed Pittsburgh two out of the three games so far, yet trail in the series, due to their utter failure on offense, and specifically on the power play.

    This was also their fifth game in seven nights, which no other NHL playoff team has had to endure, but the schedule is what it is and they have to deal with it.
    The "Golden Boy' got off the snide tonight with a goal...funny you should mention Rick Nash.
    Nash got called out tonight on TSN by Ray Ferraro.
    Ferraro said Nash is big enough, strong enough and skilled enough to be able to take over a hockey game but he doesn't because he is content to play on the perimeter and not use that big physical presence he has.

    As for St. Louis, he looks to me like a player on the wrong side of 35 and is showing it.
    After all the bitching and whining he's done this season about the Olympic snub and how Yzerman treated him, etc, etc it's time for him to put up or shut up.

    As for the Rangers 5th in seven days ordeal, there's an interesting take from Michael Wilbon of Pardon the Interruption.
    Wilbon blames the Rangers situation not on the NHL but MSG for bad scheduling.

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    Once again, I have to do some catchup on this thread, which I will do to catch up for those following it.

    In the interim, we have both the Canadiens-Bruins and Penguins-Rangers going to Game 7's.

    The Rangers have never beaten the Penguins in the playoffs, and have never won a series in which they've trailed 3 games to 1 - they hope to break both of those stats tonight.

    If Lundqvist wins tonight, he will set an NHL record with 5 straight Game 7 wins, passing Belfour, Roy & Cam Ward. He is 4-1 lifetime in Game 7's. For all of the criticism Lundqvist has faced for never winning a Stanley Cup, and supposedly not being good in the playoffs, here are some more stats: He has posted a 9-2 record with a 1.35 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 11 games when the Rangers have faced elimination, and a 7-0 record, with a 0.98 GAA, a .967 SV%, and 2 SO in his last seven games when the Rangers have faced elimination at home. That's about as clutch as it gets. You can't win a Stanley Cup without a team in front of you that's good enough to win it. Imagine how many Cups Lundqvist might have had by now if over the last 9 years he had played for Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Anaheim or Pittsburgh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Once again, I have to do some catchup on this thread, which I will do to catch up for those following it.

    In the interim, we have both the Canadiens-Bruins and Penguins-Rangers going to Game 7's.

    The Rangers have never beaten the Penguins in the playoffs, and have never won a series in which they've trailed 3 games to 1 - they hope to break both of those stats tonight.

    If Lundqvist wins tonight, he will set an NHL record with 5 straight Game 7 wins, passing Belfour, Roy & Cam Ward. He is 4-1 lifetime in Game 7's. For all of the criticism Lundqvist has faced for never winning a Stanley Cup, and supposedly not being good in the playoffs, here are some more stats: He has posted a 9-2 record with a 1.35 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 11 games when the Rangers have faced elimination, and a 7-0 record, with a 0.98 GAA, a .967 SV%, and 2 SO in his last seven games when the Rangers have faced elimination at home. That's about as clutch as it gets. You can't win a Stanley Cup without a team in front of you that's good enough to win it. Imagine how many Cups Lundqvist might have had by now if over the last 9 years he had played for Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Anaheim or Pittsburgh.
    The Rangers seem to have all the momentum now and that is because of the emotional inspiration of Marty St. Louis who is playing through the grief of suddenly losing his mom and is playing exceptionally well.
    His team mates have all lifted their games in response and the Penguins seem to be at a loss on how to deal with the surging Rangers, who seemed dead in the water after game 4.

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    The Rangers complete the comeback by defeating the Penguins 2-1 in Game 7
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    From the Canadian Press, reprinted here for archival, educational & discussion purposes:

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    PITTSBURGH -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault had trouble finding the words to describe goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

    "He's OK," Vigneault said finally with a small shake of his head.

    Except that is, in Game 7s. In Game 7s, Lundqvist is unbeatable.

    And so are the Rangers.

    Frustrating Sidney Crosby and the reeling Pittsburgh Penguins one final time, Lundqvist made 35 saves to lift New York to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night and give his resilient team an unlikely spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

    "I was so tired at the end," Lundqvist said after setting an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 triumph. "But it was just a great feeling when you know it's a done deal and we did it."

    Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored for New York, which rallied from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in the franchise's 88-year history.

    The Rangers did it behind Lundqvist, who stopped 102 of the final 105 shots he faced over the final three games as New York advanced to the conference finals for the second time in three years.

    The three-time All-Star is 10-2 when facing elimination.

    He was at his best during a mad scramble in front of the Rangers' net with just over 5 minutes left, when he turned aside three shots from three different angles in a matter of seconds to preserve a one-goal lead.

    "He was OK with guys being on top of him as long as we didn't take penalties," New York defenceman Ryan McDonagh said. "He fought through screens, fought for loose pucks. He was incredible."

    The Rangers will play the winner of the Bruins-Canadiens series in the conference finals. That series is tied 3-3 and Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston.

    Jussi Jokinen scored his team-high seventh goal of the post-season for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for the Penguins, who outshot New York 36-20, but were outscored 10-3 over the final three games.

    Pittsburgh fell to 2-7 all time at home in Game 7s, including three such losses in the past five seasons.

    This one might have been the most painful for the core of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and coach Dan Bylsma that seemed pointed toward a dynasty after winning the 2009 Stanley Cup.

    Crosby, who led the league in scoring and is an MVP finalist, managed just one goal in 13 playoffs games.

    Just as importantly, five springs have now come and gone without Pittsburgh getting a Cup to bookend the one they hoisted that giddy night in Detroit and changes could be on the way.

    The Penguins are just 4-5 in playoff series over the past five seasons, with each loss coming to lower-seeded teams. Not exactly the expected outcome for a roster scattered with top-end talent that hasn't met expectations.

    While Bylsma declined to take the wide-angle view, his captain understood the dressing room could have a very different look next fall.

    "I think there's always questions," Crosby said. "When expectations are high and you don't win that's normal. I'm sure there will be a lot of questions."

    There are none at the moment for the Rangers, who seem to thrive when their season boils down to three periods of hockey.

    Faced with their fifth Game 7 in the past three years, they did what they always do and took control early.

    Boyle quieted a raucous crowd 5:25 into the game at the end of a pretty breakout.

    Derek Dorsett hit Boyle streaking across the Pittsburgh blue line and Boyle tapped it between his legs to Dominic Moore, who waited a split second before sending it back to Boyle.

    The veteran forward's shot went between Fleury's legs for his second goal of the post-season.

    The Penguins responded by briefly taking over the game, their momentum cresting 4:15 into the second period when Jokinen pounded home a rebound off an Olli Maatta shot to tie the game.

    The goal seemed to get the Penguins almost too keyed up. Matt Niskanen went to the box for tripping and New York's power play, which was laughable when the series began, provided the clincher.

    Pittsburgh's Brian Gibbons failed to get his stick down on a crossing pass from Brandon Sutter, nullifying a short-handed chance.

    The Rangers took off the other way, and with the Penguins still scrambling to get back into position, Richards took a pass from Martin St. Louis and flipped it into a wide-open net to make it 2-1 before the game's midway point.

    Lundqvist did the rest.

    He robbed Pittsburgh's James Neal at the doorstep late in the second period and fought off swarm after swarm over the final 20 minutes as the Rangers beat the Penguins in the playoffs for the first time in five post-season meetings.

    The first four series weren't close.

    This one didn't appear to be either until the Rangers rallied behind St. Louis. The veteran forward, acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay, lost his mother suddenly last week. He raced home to Montreal to be with his family only to return for Game 5. New York responded with a 5-1 win that signalled a sea change in the series.

    The Rangers controlled Game 6 -- with St. Louis scoring the first goal on Mother's Day -- and Game 7 was more of the same.

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    Despite having played 14 playoff games it looks like the Rangers will get a few days off. Game 1 of the ECF is expected to start on Saturday.

    Coach AV should give the team at least the next 2 days off after their weird schedule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    Despite having played 14 playoff games it looks like the Rangers will get a few days off. Game 1 of the ECF is expected to start on Saturday.

    Coach AV should give the team at least the next 2 days off after their weird schedule.
    This is the 5th straight year Pittsburgh has bowed out losing to a lower seed after winning the Cup in 2009.
    They are just 4-5 in playoff series won over that time and what was expected to become a dynasty in Pittsburgh had obviously never materialized.

    Expect some significant changes to this Penguin team come next season.
    IMO, I believe we may have seen the last of HC Dan Bylsma and/or Marc Andre Fleury.

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    Agreed. MAF simply needs a change of scenery. Bylsma will be the fall guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    Agreed. MAF simply needs a change of scenery. Bylsma will be the fall guy.
    I never really thought of Fleury as a franchise goaltender, 2009 Cup win notwithstanding.
    He has always had a penchant for allowing bad goals at the worst time.
    He's better than Osgood but not by much and Osgood had a much better D in front of him in Detroit.
    The Penguins got adequate goaltending from MAF but adequate doesn't cut it come playoff time.
    The Pens need a Lundqvist or a Carey Price in nets...someone who can steal them a game.
    Even Corey Crawford can steal a game...can't really remember the last time Fleury did.

    As for Blysma, he's deader than Jimmy Hoffa...his laid back style ain't workin' no more.
    But really, Shero's gotta go too.
    His draft record the last 5 years has been abysmal and the Pens core group is suffering because of it.

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    So the goalies who played in the 2014 Sochi Gold Medal game now play a Best of Seven series starting on Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    So the goalies who played in the 2014 Sochi Gold Medal game now play a Best of Seven series starting on Saturday.
    Yep, and I think Price and Co will come out on top again.
    I felt whoever won the Boston-Montreal series would win over the winner of the NY-Pittsburgh series.
    I think the Rangers will put up a better series than the Penguins would have but I still believe the Canadiens will prevail.

    For one thing Lundqvist clearly outplayed Fleury but the goal tending match up vs Price is much more even.
    Both teams entering the conference final will be on a high, with the Rangers coming back from the dead to beat Pittsburgh and Montreal getting over the hump and beating the Bruins right in Boston after being down 3-2.
    It should be a great series with goals maybe hard to come by.

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    In the traditional post game handshake between the Bruins and Habs, Boston forward Milan Lucic had some rather non-traditional things to say to a few Canadiens, chief among them Dale Weise.
    When asked about it, Weise said Lucic actually threatened him, saying he would "f**cking kill him" when they play next.
    Lucic was unapologetic calling Weise a "baby" and said "what's said on the ice should stay on the ice".

    My feeling is if Lucic can't show any more class than that he should have just skated off the ice at series end like Billy Smith or Ron Hextall used to, win or lose.
    There are a couple of Bruins who play over the edge and can irritate opponents like no one else...Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton.
    Yet, none of the Hab players vented their spleen against those two like Lucic did against Weise even though they might still be angry with them.
    Lucic talked about 'leaving it on the ice' but obviously in the post game handshake the series was still going on in his mind.
    It's a good thing Lucic is the kind of guy who doesn't give a crap what people think of him because most certainly a lot of people think much less of him today thanks to that incident.

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    Kings 6 Ducks 2

    A disappointing home ice loss in Game 7 ends the Ducks season and the outstanding career of Teemu Selanne.
    Even though the game was long decided, it did not degenerate into a chippy affair like we've seen so often.
    Both teams showed a lot of class, primarily out of respect to Selanne, truly a class act himself.
    The post game handshake was conducted in the spirit it was always meant to be, with genuine respect on either side of the line....too bad guys like Milan Lucic don't get the point.

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    In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, New York thrashed Montreal by a score of 7-2. Carey Price was pulled after two periods and yielding 4 goals on 20 shots.
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    Catchup time; here are recaps of each series from May 5th through May 10th with links to HD video highlights.

    May 5, 2014: Pittsburgh 2, New York Rangers 0
    Pittsburgh leads series 2-1
    The Rangers outshot the Penguins 35-15 but lost via a shutout for the second straight game.
    10+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Czmt19_Wo6E


    May 5, 2014: Los Angeles 3, Anaheim 1
    L.A. leads series 2-0
    The Kings seized a commanding lead in the first ever "Freeway Series" between the two crosstown rivals, with Marian Gaborik and Jonathan Quick again leading the way. Gaborik scored 34 seconds into the game, and Quick was outstanding, as the Ducks outshot the Kings 37-17, yet lost.
    10 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ87R4pVN5w


    May 6, 2014: Montreal 4, Boston 2
    Montreal leads series 2-1
    18 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=seclxQS6PvA


    May 6, 2014: Minnesota 4, Chicago 0
    Chicago leads series 2-1
    Minnesota broke a 0-0 tie with 4 third period goals.
    10 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M31MfpLGDlQ


    May 7, 2014: Pittsburgh 4, New York Rangers 2
    Pittsburgh leads series 3-1
    Pittsburgh dominates, outshooting the Rangers 27-15 and never trailing.
    11+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UCUIwzQF28w


    May 8, 2014: Boston 1, Montreal 0 (OT)
    Series tied 2-2
    Boston won in OT on a goal from rookie Matt Fraser in a great goalie duel between Rask and Price.
    12 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QyBthUz705Y


    May 8, 2014: Anaheim 3, Los Angeles 2
    L.A. leads series 2-1
    Anaheim won on the road, never trailing in the game. After Jonas Hiller lost the first two games at home, head coach Bruce Boudreau started Danish rookie Frederik Andersen in net for the Ducks. He played well but got hurt midway through the game, forcing Boudreau to go back to Hiller.

    Teemu Selanne scored to put Anaheim up 2-1; it would end up being the final goal, and final point, of his legendary career.

    11+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0NdPVLqQ9MU


    May 9, 2014: New York Rangers 5, Pittsburgh 1
    Pittsburgh leads series 3-2
    Martin St. Louis' mother unexpectedly died the night before the game. St. Louis flew to Montreal to be with his family, and decided to fly back to Pittsburgh in time for Game 5, reasoning that his mother would have wanted him to play. The Rangers rallied around the grieving St. Louis and got a huge, season-saving win. It would prove to be the turning point in the series.
    11+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qep9IKfOKa8


    May 9, 2014: Minnesota 4, Chicago 2
    Series tied 2-2
    Minnesota never trailed and dominates play in winning its second straight game at home to tie the series.
    14 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KPn5JsJEQRU


    May 10, 2014: Boston 4, Montreal 2
    Boston leads series 3-2
    14+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kWbSxfl0Ap4


    May 10, 2014: Anaheim 2, Los Angeles 0
    Series tied 2-2
    At this point in time, the road team had won every game in this series. Bruce Boudreau made a gutsy move, recalling 20-year old rookie goalie John Gibson from Norfolk of the AHL and giving him the start in goal. Gibson, a gold medalist with the US Junior team last year, got a shutout in his NHL playoff debut, just as he had gotten a shutout in his regular season debut earlier this season. L.A. outshot Anaheim 19-3 over the final 2 periods but were stymied by Gibson. Shots on goal for the game were 28-14 for the Kings. Meanwhile, Martin Jones played goal for the second and third periods for L.A., facing only 3 shots over 40 minutes after Quick gave up 2 goals on 11 shots in the first period.

    Link to recap, highlights and full game replay here: http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/rec...m-series-recap
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    May 11, 2014: New York Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 1
    Series tied 3-3
    Pittsburgh outshot the Rangers 37-29, but New York got a clutch performance from Henrik Lundqvist to stave off elimination for a second straight game. Martin St. Louis scored the first goal of the game for the Rangers early in the first period, and they never trailed.
    15 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_DTjYDfNMCs


    May 11, 2014: Chicago 2, Minnesota 1
    Chicago leads series 3-2
    The defending Stanley Cup champions pulled out a win at home after trailing 1-0 to seize control of the series. Captain Jonathan Toews scored the game winner early in the third period.
    12+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCseqoiXn0

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    May 12, 2014: Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 3
    Anaheim leads series 3-2
    The home team finally got a win in the series. L.A. outshot Anaheim 42-24, but was again shut down by an outstanding performance from 20 year old rookie goalie John Gibson, who made 39 saves. Anaheim led 4-1 before Marian Gaborik scored twice for the Kings, continuing his red-hot playoff performance. However, it was not enough and the Ducks seized control of the series.
    13+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AJc2DQN5Mmo


    May 12, 2014: Montreal 4, Boston 0
    Series tied 3-3
    Montreal got goals from Eller, Pacioretty, and two from Vanek. Price got the shutout and Montreal avoided elimination.
    14+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M_244g6dhpg

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    May 13, 2014: Chicago 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)
    Chicago wins series 4-2
    Minnesota outshot Chicago 35-27, but it was the Blackhawks winning the game and the series on a Patrick Kane OT goal off of a strange (& from a Blackhawks perspective, fortunate) bounce. Both Bryzgalov for Minnesota and Crawford for Chicago were outstanding in goal.
    15 minutes of HD highlights here, including handshakes. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JKFSl3SPW6g


    May 13, 2014: New York Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 1
    New York Rangers win series 4-3
    Pittsburgh outshot the Rangers 36-20, but the Rangers again got a clutch, outstanding performance from Henrik Lundqvist to win the game and the series, eliminating Crosby, Malkin and company on the road and winning three straight games to do it. It was the first time in the Rangers' 88 year history that they came back to win a best of seven series after trailing 3 games to 1. It was also the first time the Rangers have ever beaten the Penguins in a playoff series. The Rangers led 1-0 on a goal by defensive forward Brian Boyle. Pittsburgh tied it on a Jussi Jokinen goal before Brad Richards scored the series winning goal for the Rangers.
    15 minutes of HD highlights here, including handshakes. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cuz3phOjrsg

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    May 14, 2014: Los Angeles 2, Anaheim 1
    Series tied 3-3
    L.A. returned home and avoided elimination, getting goals from two of its lesser lights in Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis. John Gibson again played in goal for Anaheim, but Jonathan Quick won the goalie duel on this night.
    13+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iCSLREXql7k


    May 14, 2014: Montreal 3, Boston 1
    Montreal wins series 4-3
    Montreal won on the road, riding strong goaltending from Carey Price. Boston outshot Montreal 30-18, but got eliminated in front of their home crowd by their longtime, traditional arch-rivals. This continues a long tradition of the team that wins the Presidents' Trophy (i.e., the best record in the NHL regular season) failing to win the Stanley Cup in most years.
    15 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vHKlJOrPDlg

    Milan Lucic's behavior in the handshake line, for which he has refused to apologize, just makes him look like an immature, sore loser crybaby. He has taken a public relations beating over it, and the public scorn heaped upon him has been richly deserved. I don't care how bitter you are, how hard the series was, or what happened out on the ice. When the series is over, you man up, get in line, and shake hands in a sportsmanlike manner. If you can't bring yourself to say something classy to the opposition in defeat, then just keep your moth shut, go through the line, and quickly shake hands. Lucic whined about Weise breaking an unwritten code by talking about what Lucic did/said on the ice, but it was Lucic dishonoring one of the sport's longest standing, most hallowed traditions/unwritten rules. He's a loser despite being an extremely talented, tough player.

    Watch for yourselves and see: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nmkYtMKeOSo
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    May 16, 2014: Los Angeles 6, Anaheim 2
    Los Angeles wins series 4-3
    What a crazy series. Anaheim is only 30 miles from L.A. and is part of the greater L.A. metro area. The Ducks have been in the NHL for 20 years, but this is the first time they have ever played the Kings in the playoffs. The road team won the first 4 games, and the home team won the next 2 games. L.A. won 2, followed by Anaheim winning 3, followed by L.A. winning 2. L.A. won 3 out of 4 in Anaheim and Anaheim won 2 out of 3 in L.A. This series saw the end of a legendary career with Teemu Selanne's team being eliminated, and the debut of a future star in John Gibson. It saw Marian Gaborik basically resurrect his career from the dead and return to stardom. This game continued the craziness. L.A. jumped to a 3-0 first period lead, drove Gibson from the net early in the second period with their 4th goal, and led 5-0 before Anaheim scored.

    15 minutes of HD highlights, including handshakes, here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kCqAHKJ69ys

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    NHL SEMIFINALS (CONFERENCE FINALS) -

    CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
    MONTREAL CANADIENS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS

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    May 17, 2014: New York Rangers 7, Montreal Canadiens 2
    New York Rangers lead series 1-0

    14+ minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ytTVbp_bbZc

    From the Canadian Press, reprinted here for educational, discussion and archival purposes:
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    MONTREAL -- With all the sadness around the New York Rangers these days, winning a laugher may have been just what they needed.

    Martin St. Louis, who is to attend his mother's funeral with his teammates on Sunday, got the opening goal as seven different Rangers scored and Henrik Lundqvist broke his Bell Centre jinx in a 7-2 rout of the Montreal Canadiens to open the NHL Eastern Conference final on Saturday afternoon.

    Game 2 is set for Monday night in Montreal.

    "It was an emotional time for everyone, but the guys have been behind me and supported me," said St. Louis, who got a long ovation from Montreal fans when he was named the game's first star. "My teammates are behind me and supporting me and their effort was unbelievable.

    "We feel really close right now and we're trying to keep feeding off that."

    Coach Alain Vigneault said his team is trying to support St. Louis and stay focused on playing a sound team game at the same time.

    "Emotionally, for us, that is something really strong right now," said Vigneault. "I know quite a few of our guys went to the wake (on Friday), and I texted with Marty last night to make sure that everything was good.

    "It's been very emotional for our whole group, and he's handled it in an incredible way that probably has helped our team come closer together. (Sunday) is going to be a tough day for our group. We need to be there to support him, and we'll do that and get ready for Monday."

    The quick-footed Rangers, coming off a comeback, seven-game win over Pittsburgh in the conference semifinals, jumped on a Montreal side that was flat and mentally absent after its nasty, emotional seven-game win over first-place overall Boston.

    Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, with his first of the playoffs, also scored for the Rangers, a team that had scored only four goals in its last nine regular-season visits to the Bell Centre.

    "You don't look at the score," said Richards. "That's not indicative of how anything's going to happen in this series.

    "We got fortunate. We got some bounces. We got some momentum and pucks went in the net. It was a win, that's all it was, and we're very aware that it's going to be a lot different."

    New York's turnaround against Pittsburgh started when St. Louis returned to the team a day after mother France died suddenly last week. They went on to win three games in a row to erase a 3-1 series deficit.

    The 38-year-old has played inspired hockey since then, and his teammates have rallied behind him.

    Playing in his home town, only 4:35 into Game 1 St. Louis found an unguarded spot near the Montreal net and put Dominic Moore's pass into an open side behind Carey Price, who had a night to forget.

    The Montreal goaltender looked to have hurt his right leg early in the second period when Kreider slid into him after shooting wide on a breakaway. He stayed in the game, but was pulled after giving up two goals late in the second frame.

    Coach Michel Therrien said Price was not injured, but was replaced by Peter Budaj simply because the team was playing so poorly there was no point in leaving him in.

    "We got our (backsides) kicked all over the ice," said Montreal left-winger Rene Bourque, who had a goal but took three minor penalties. "There's really no other way to explain it.

    "Good thing it's a seven-game series and we have a chance to get back in it on Monday. I think we had a little bit of an emotional letdown after the Boston series. We talked about that to going into the game. Obviously it didn't click. We have to just forget about this game."

    Lars Eller also scored for Montreal.

    The Rangers poured on goals even though one of their best forwards in the playoffs, Derick Brassard, left after only his second shift early in the game after a hit by Mike Weaver. He appeared to be favouring a shoulder, but Vigneault would only say that his condition is day-to-day.

    Otherwise, everything went right for New York, including the play of Moore, a fourth-liner who moved into Brassard's spot.

    For one, Nash finally got a goal in New York's 15th game of the post-season, which must have been a relief for a top-line player who had been booed at home for his lack of production.

    "We're all happy to see Nasher score because he's taken a lot of heat," said Richards. "That's a little weight off his back, but really, it doesn't matter.

    "We won the game. When you're in the playoffs, when it's 7-1, no one's jumping up and down about who scored goals. We won as a team, we've got a good start and we're going to move on to Game 2."

    The struggling power play went 3 for 7, matching its goal total from its previous 29 chances in these playoffs.

    And Lundqvist finally won in Montreal.

    The goalie known as King Henrik had not played a game at the Bell Centre since allowing four goals on Jan. 15, 2012. His last win there was March 17, 2009.

    He didn't appear to be in top form, but he didn't need to be as Montreal managed only 22 shots.

    "I felt good coming into the game," said Lundqvist. "We haven't won too many games in this building so it's a great start."

    The Canadiens will try to regroup after their worst playoff defeat since losing 8-2 to Carolina in 2002.

    "You don't need to make many adjustments (for Game 2) when you are not ready mentally," said Therrien. "You have no chance to win in that situation.

    "There were a lot of mental errors."

    Budaj was beaten on his first shot, a bullet from the slot by McDonagh on a power play at 1:28. The frustrated Canadiens then took a succession of penalties, including two minors and a misconduct to former Ranger Brandon Prust. Stepan scored and then Nash put one in from the slot.

    Montreal got one back while shorthanded with 4:38 left in the game when Eller beat Lundqvist with a quick, high shot from the slot.

    "We talked about getting pucks behind them and work the puck and we did a good job of that," said McDonagh, who also had three assists.

    The boost the Canadiens got from their rousing pre-game ceremonies in the first two series wasn't there as the Rangers showed all the speed and intensity in the opening frame, outshooting Montreal 12-6 and taking a 2-0 lead.

    Moore jumped on a loose puck after Michael Bournival partially blocked a point shot and slipped a pass to a wide open St. Louis at the doorstep to open the scoring at 4:35.

    Moore was the playmaker again as he slid a pass in front of the net and the trailing Zuccarrello was able to poke it into an open side as New York beat Price twice on their first five shots.

    Bourque took consecutive hooking calls late in the first period, but made up for it in the second as he went hard to the net, whacked at Brian Gionta's pass and saw it go in off McDonagh's stick at 12:38.

    Montreal's push-back brought the 21,273 at the Bell Centre back to life, but they went quiet again as Stepan broke in alone on the left side and beat Price with a low shot at 18:59.

    With 11.6 seconds left in the period, Zuccarello made a sweet reverse pass that had Price out of position for Richards to score into an open side.

    "They were really coming at us there," said McDonagh. "You get some fortunate clears and good finishing plays by the guys up front. It was a big change of momentum for sure, because they were really flying."

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    May 18, 2014: Chicago Blackhawks 3, Los Angeles Kings 1
    Chicago Blackhawks lead series 1-0

    14 minutes of HD highlights here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=97rYVkJw8EU

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    CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford is playing so well right now that nothing seems to bother him. When the Chicago Blackhawks had a goal waved off in the second period Sunday, Crawford picked up the slack for his disappointed teammates.

    Crawford made 25 saves, Jonathan Toews had a big goal in the third and the Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference final.

    "Confidence has always been there," Crawford said. "Really the first thing is being prepared, having that preparation to try and have my game at the highest level it can be each time I get out there."

    He is on quite a roll right now, allowing only one goal in each of the past three games. The 29-year-old Crawford leads the NHL with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in the playoffs.

    "He does a good job of never getting too high or too low because tomorrow's another day," teammate Brandon Saad said. "He did a great job tonight."

    Saad had a goal and an assist for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which remained perfect in seven home playoff games this year. Duncan Keith had a tiebreaking score in the third period.

    Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night.

    Playing just two days after a Game 7 victory over Anaheim, the Kings got a second-period score from Tyler Toffoli and outshot the Blackhawks 26-20 in the opener of a rematch from last year's Western Conference final. But Crawford made a couple of solid stops in another terrific performance.

    "I think we can do a better of getting in front of the net and make it harder on their goalie because we had some pretty good shots, but nobody was hanging around, so he was able to see everything," Kings centre Anze Kopitar said.

    With the Blackhawks clinging to a 2-1 lead in the third, Toews, Marian Hossa and Johnny Oduya got loose on a 3-on-1 break. Toews one-timed Oduya's pass right by Jonathan Quick for his sixth playoff goal at 16:10.

    Quick made 17 saves after he played a key role in Los Angeles' rally from a 3-2 deficit in the series against the Ducks. The Kings also battled back from a 3-0 hole against San Jose in the first round.

    "We had a chance," Los Angeles forward Mike Richards said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a bit on their goals, and give them credit, they're an opportunistic team. But we made a couple of mistakes and it ended up in our net."

    Toews' 26th career playoff goal came after he had one waved off in a confusing stretch in the second period.

    It looked as if Chicago had a 2-0 lead when Toews' rush to the net resulted in the puck going off the skate of Kings defenceman Slava Voynov and into the goal. But it was waved off after a conference by the officials, prompting a round of boos from the crowd of 21,832 and a waving, yelling display from Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

    According to the NHL, the original call of good goal was changed because the officials decided Toews made incidental contact with Quick before the puck crossed the goal line. The league said the ruling was not reviewable, so the call on the ice remained in place.

    The sequence seemed to wake up the Kings while deflating the Blackhawks. Los Angeles got its first goal about a minute later, with Tanner Pearson making a terrific pass to the middle to Toffoli for his fourth of the playoffs at 4:35.

    "I thought we lost a little momentum there," Quenneville said.

    The Kings then had a couple of chances to take the lead, but Crawford stepped up each time. He denied Kyle Clifford on a 2-on-1 break with 13:42 remaining, and stopped Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown in rapid succession midway through the period.

    Crawford's solid play bought Chicago some time to shake off the disallowed goal, and it paid off when Keith's slap shot went off the stick of Kings forward Trevor Lewis and bounced past Quick for a 2-1 lead at 11:54.

    Crawford made another big save on Jeff Carter in the first minute of the third, and Toffoli had a backhander go off the outside of right post on a breakaway opportunity in the final period.

    The Blackhawks turned a bad roughing penalty by Kings defenceman Alec Martinez into Saad's power-play goal with 5:14 left in the first. The Kings had a prime scoring chance with 2:42 to go in the period, but Nick Leddy tied up Richards at the end of a 2-on-1 break.
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    Anyone have any predictions for these two series, or for who will win the Stanley Cup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Anyone have any predictions for these two series, or for who will win the Stanley Cup?
    I like the Hawks over the Kings, mostly because Chicago has home ice advantage and they are the one team that seems to make home ice count.
    The Kings-Ducks series, the West Coast equivalent of a Rangers-Islanders matchup, was noteworthy for home ice disadvantage.
    The Kings won a seven game series with the Ducks mostly because they took three out of four in Anaheim.
    Can't see that happening again in this series.
    Jonathan Toews, IMO, is the best player in the world right now.
    I say Chicago in six.

    Originally, I thought the Habs over Rangers but Game One kind of blew that up.
    The fact the Rangers ran the Canadiens out of the building could be an anomaly.
    Montreal can't possibly be that bad again....can they?
    But the game changer might be Price's injury.
    He might be fit enough to play but if he is anything less than 100% that could tip things the Rangers' way.
    As for the Rangers, ever since the passing of Martin St. Louis' mother, the Rangers seem to be on a mission.
    They wouldn't be denied against the Penguins and Montreal may find out the same.
    I originally thought Montreal in six but now I think NY in six...or less.

    The Stanley Cup Final I think will go to Chicago in six.
    The Hawks are loaded with players who have two Cups under their belts already and that matters.

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    Well, it is official...Carey Price will miss the rest of the Conference Finals due to a leg injury.
    Montreal players are still understandably upset but really Kreider did nothing that Montreal players like Brendan Gallagher do all the time themselves, that is, drive hard to the net.
    Peter Budaj is most likely Price's replacement but Therrien could also go with call-up Dustin Tokarski.
    Therrien would not name who will start Monday.

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    Rangers 3 Montreal 1

    Although their performance was certainly better than game 1 (it couldn't have been much worse) the Habs were again frustrated by King Henry and now fall to 0-2, with games 3 and 4 at MSG.
    Therrien opted to go with Tokarski the rookie as Price's replacement.
    But if Montreal fans were hoping for a Ken Dryden or Patrick Roy type performance they were in for a disappointment.
    Tokarski was OK all things considered but he wasn't going to outduel Lundqvist...not by a longshot.
    Montreal faces a must win situation Thursday with big question marks concerning goal tending and their team psyche which got very fragile all of a sudden.

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    May 19, 2014: New York Rangers 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
    New York Rangers lead series 2-0

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    MONTREAL -- The notion that Henrik Lundqvist can't play at the Bell Centre has been officially dispelled.

    The goalie called King Henrik made 40 saves as the New York Rangers took control of the Eastern Conference final with a 3-1 victory over the desperate Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

    The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday.

    The Canadiens, missing star goalie Carey Price to injury, came out blazing in a bid to avenge a listless 7-2 thumping in the series opener only to run into the Lundqvist wall.

    "I thought we played well, and the only reason we lost was Lundqvist," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. "He stole that game."

    There was concern that Lundqvist may have a mental block about playing in Montreal as a string of weak outings at the Bell Centre had moved successive coaches John Tortorella and the current Alain Vigneault to not even play him there. He hadn't started a game in Montreal in more than two years.

    But the goalie who was bested by Price at the Sochi Olympics as Canada beat Sweden in the final has allowed only three goals on 63 shots in the series.

    The Canadiens got the opening goal 6:14 in from Max Pacioretty, but Ryan McDonagh tied it only 17 seconds later on a shot that went in off defenceman Josh Gorges and a goalpost.

    "We knew they were going to come hard, but we put ourselves in a tough spot there by not getting pucks out," said Lundqvist. "They were all over us.

    "But to tie it up quickly like that, I think that was important to kind of even out the momentum a little bit."

    Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis also scored on Dustin Tokarski, the surprise starter for Montreal ahead of regular backup Peter Budaj. Tokarski looked shaky at times, but had no chance on two of the three Rangers goals.

    The Canadiens had announced Monday morning that Price, the Olympic gold medallist who hurt his right knee in the series opener when he was crashed into by Chris Kreider, would miss the rest of the series.

    They hope to have him back if they reach the Stanley Cup final, but their situation looks bleak heading to New York.

    "It was a lot of fun," Tokarski said after his first NHL playoff start. "There was a lot of adrenaline. You grow up as a kid wanting to play in the playoffs, and I got the opportunity and just came up a bit short."

    Coach Michel Therrien said he opted for Tokarski over Budaj because of the youngster's record of winning championships at other levels. The 24-year-old from Humboldt, Sask., has a Memorial Cup, a World Junior championship and an AHL title on his resume.

    "He's a winner," said Therrien. "I thought he played well. We talked to Peter and he reacted as a pro. He's a good teammate."

    A grinning New York coach Alain Vigneault said Montreal's goalie choice was no surprise.

    "Somehow, we had an inkling (Sunday) night that it was probably going to be that gentleman (Tokarski)," Vigneault said with a grin. "Hockey's a small world."

    But in the end, he agreed that Lundqvist was the difference in the game.

    "He's the only reason we were still in the game," he said. "They had total control of the pressure."

    "A lucky bounce changed the dynamics of the game."

    Montreal outshot New York 41-30.

    The high-paced action from the start between two of the league's best skating teams had the 21,273 roaring in their seats for most of the game.

    Montreal's worst fears were realized in the first period, which they dominated while still falling behind 2-1.

    A long period of sustained pressure produced the first goal as Lundqvist's clearing attempt went off Pacioretty and into the net at 6:14.

    But only 17 seconds later, [New York tied it] as McDonagh swiped a puck toward the net from the point and saw it go in off Gorges' leg and a goalpost. McDonagh had a goal and an assist to give the defenceman six points in the opening two games of the series.

    "The Canadiens were coming wave after wave in the first period," said St. Louis. "If it wasn't for Lundqvist, there might have been a different result after the first."

    "He gave us time to find our legs. The goal by Mac was a big one. It calmed everyone down and allowed us to regroup."

    The crowd was booing Kreider when he sent a pass across to the right side and Nash's one-time went in off the midsection of Tokarski, who was late getting across. It was the second in as many games and second of the playoffs for Nash.

    Tokarski had no chance as St. Louis wired a shot from the slot on a power play inside the post at 8:03 of the middle frame.

    The Rangers played a thorough defensive game in the third to prevent a comeback.

    St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died suddenly just before Mother's Day. The Rangers have rallied around the grieving veteran and have won five in a row since her death.

    "It's been an emotional weekend," said St. Louis. "I'll definitely never forget this weekend for many reasons, but I think the grieving process will still take a while."

    "But that stuff is behind me. Tonight, we wanted to make sure we'd have the emotion we'd need to win this game because we knew they would come out hard, especially rallying, losing their best player, so I thought we answered."

    Notes -- Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk returned from an injury to see his first playoff action for Montreal, replacing Michael Bournival. He got 13:23 of ice time and looked rusty. . New York forward Derick Brassard, who suffered a suspected shoulder injury in Game 1, was replaced by grinder Dan Carcillo. . . Price was photographed at the Bell Centre with a brace on his right knee. . . Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the game.

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    May 21, 2014: Los Angeles Kings 6, Chicago Blackhawks 2
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    CHICAGO -- Jeff Carter scored three of Los Angeles' six straight goals, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to leave the Western Conference final tied at one game apiece.

    Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin also scored in Los Angeles' five-goal third period as the Kings became the first visiting team to win in Chicago this post-season. The Blackhawks won their first seven home playoff games this year, but the Kings skated right by Chicago after the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead in the second period.

    Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Los Angeles.

    Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored for Chicago, which won 3-1 in Game 1 on Sunday.

    The Blackhawks were in position for their fourth consecutive win before Carter redirected Drew Doughty's slap shot by Corey Crawford to tie it at 2 just 1:37 into the third. Muzzin then had another power-play score at 4:04 that gave Los Angeles the lead.

    Once the Kings got going, they appeared to get almost anything they wanted against the sagging Blackhawks. Tanner Pearson set up goals by Toffoli at 8:59 and Carter at 14:44, and Carter added an empty-netter for his seventh of the playoffs.

    Carter also had an assist in his first career four-point playoff game. It was his second playoff hat trick.

    It was the most goals allowed by the Blackhawks in a playoff game since a 6-1 loss to Detroit on May 24, 2009.

    Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, including a big stop on Brent Seabrook with Chicago trying for a 3-0 lead in the second.

    The Blackhawks got off to a strong start, using their speed to draw four penalties in the first period alone. Brandon Saad was responsible for two of the calls, making a pair of nice moves that ended with Matt Greene in the box for hooking and Doughty sent off for holding.

    Los Angeles defenceman Willie Mitchell had to cross check Peter Regin into the net to prevent a goal with about seven minutes left in the period, but Chicago made the most of the man advantage.

    The Blackhawks turned away a short-handed rush by the Kings, and Duncan Keith made a nice pass ahead to a streaking Leddy coming up the right side. The defenceman, who was a healthy scratch for Game 3 of Chicago's second-round series against Minnesota, then sent a backhander over Quick's left shoulder at 14:16.

    It was Leddy's second career playoff goal. He also scored on April 21, 2012, at Phoenix.

    Chicago struck again in the second, with Smith jumping off the bench and beating Quick on a line change to make 2-0 at 1:40 of the period. The Blackhawks had another prime scoring chance when Kris Versteeg made a nice pass to Seabrook on a 2-on-1, but Quick got over to make a nice stop on the defenceman's shot.

    Quick's play on Seabrook provided more time for the Kings to get back in the game, and they took advantage when Mike Richards' pass to the crease went off Justin Williams' right skate and past Crawford with 1:46 left in the second.

    Williams' sixth goal of the playoffs cut Chicago's lead to 2-1 after two, and the Kings carried the momentum over to their big third period.

    Crawford made 25 saves.

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    May 22, 2014: Montreal Canadiens 3, New York Rangers 2 (OT)
    New York Rangers lead series 2-1

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    NEW YORK -- The goals got uglier as the game wore on, fitting for a playoff contest that was no thing of beauty.

    But when the dust had settled, and the last puck had bounced in off a Montreal body, the Canadiens were back in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers.

    Alex Galchenyuk's goal 72 seconds into overtime Thursday gave Montreal a 3-2 win on hostile ground, helping the Canadiens get one foot out of their playoff hole.

    Montreal trails New York two games to one with Game 4 set for Sunday back at Madison Square Garden.

    Young goalie Dustin Tokarski made 35 saves to keep Montreal in the game, bouncing back from a 3-1 loss in his playoff debut in Game 2 in place of the injured Carey Price.

    "Dustin Tokarski was phenomenal tonight. He's a battler, and most important thing, he's a winner," said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.

    "Without Tokarski's performance, probably the result would have been different," he added.

    Tokarski has a glittering resume outside of the NHL, having won the Calder Cup, the Memorial Cup, world junior championship and even minor hockey's Telus Cup.

    The native of Humboldt, Sask. was as composed after the game as he was during it, pressed up against a wall and standing on a box while surrounded by a phalanx of media.

    He was unfazed by the attention, despite having just a dozen NHL games under his belt.

    "Fun, awesome," he said when asked what his life has been like since taking over the Montreal goal. "I got a few Twitter followers so that was kind of cool."

    His count was 10,000-plus as of Thursday night.

    The game was no masterpiece. The officials missed some blatant thuggery and New York's Daniel Carcillo may have jostled his way to a suspension after an altercation with a linesman.

    Tokarski's play wasn't always pretty either but it was effective. He gave up rebounds but the Montreal defence cleaned them up. He clearly grew in confidence as the game wore on, keeping his team in it.

    "It's been the story all year for us. We find ways (to win), we never quit. Even when people are doubting us," said Montreal forward Daniel Briere, whose late third period goal was cancelled out by an even later one by Chris Kreider that forced the OT.

    "We dig deep and somehow find a way to come back. It's happened many many times this year. And once again ... We kept telling ourselves we owe Tokarski a win for the way he kept us in, we have to somehow find a way to go get it."

    In overtime, Henrik Lundqvist made the initial save off Tomas Plekanec but the puck bounced in off the upper torso of an onrushing Galchenyuk.

    It was a frantic finale to a game that saw three goals in the final four minutes 14 seconds of play.

    Briere's goal with 3:02 remaining had looked to be the Montreal winner. But with Lundqvist on the New York bench, Kreider tipped in a Dan Girardi shot from an extremely tight angle with 29 seconds left to force overtime. The puck needed help to go in, defecting off the right skate of Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin on the way in.

    Briere's go-ahead goal was equally fortuitous. Lundqvist made a fine stop on a Thomas Vanek shot from in-close. But the puck went to Briere who tucked it back around the post and off the trailing leg of Ryan McDonagh.

    Tokarski came up big for the Canadiens, keeping the visitors in a game where New York held the upper hand for long periods. Given the ramifications of a third straight Montreal loss, it was a tremendously timely performance.

    "It's a big win for him. It's a big win for us," said Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban.

    "This is a huge confidence-booster for our team," he added,

    Andrei Markov also scored for Montreal, which was outshot 36-33 during regulation time.

    Carl Hagelin opened the scoring for New York, which had won its five previous playoff games.

    Emotions ran high from the opening puck drop and former Ranger Brandon Prust applied a match to the fuse just three minutes in when he laid out New York forward Derek Stepan with an elbow/shoulder to the head at the New York blue-line. The officials, watching the play develop ahead, apparently did not see the blow which left Stepan face down on the ice and sent him briefly to the locker-room.

    "They missed it," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

    The unpenalized Prust hit led to some frontier justice with Prust and Derek Dorsett fighting after Carcillo took a run at the feisty Hab at 5:51. Carcillo had to be held back as the fight went on, prompting a game misconduct for jostling linesman Scott Driscoll.

    The league looks poorly on such behaviour and Carcillo could face a lengthy suspension.

    "Well, he can't do that, obviously, what he did there, but we'll let the league handle that," Vigneault said. "I believe if a penalty would have been called on Prust, that probably wouldn't have happened, but there's nothing we can do about it."

    The amped-up crowd starting chanting "These refs suck" and enjoyed what they undoubtedly saw as karma when a Rangers shot nicked one of the referees on the ensuing power play.

    New York came out fast and led 1-0 after a dominant 20 minutes. But the Canadiens pushed back in the second to tie it up.

    "For the most part I thought we played a good game. We had some real good looks," said Vigneault. "We had opportunities to take the lead in the game and we didn't. Give credit to (Montreal), their team played hard, their goaltender played well."

    Montreal had little right to be on even terms going into the third. But thanks to Tokarski the Canadiens were, setting the stage for a tense finale.

    "We weathered the storm," said Therrien. "I felt our team played with more confidence as the game went on."

    Dale Weise was almost the hero for the Canadiens with five minute remaining, when an errant clearance went right to him in front of Lundqvist. But the Swedish star goalie stopped his blast from point-blank range.

    Tokarski stopped 27 of 30 shots in Game 2 -- his 11th NHL game and first playoff outing. And he was busy from the get-go Thursday, keeping the Habs in it with a string of saves.

    There was less action at the other end although Lundqvist's 25-shot night was challenging at times.

    Coming into Game 3, Lundqvist had saved 162 of 168 shots during the Rangers' five-game playoff win streak. And he stopped 60 of the 63 shots he faced in the first two games in Montreal, won 7-2 and 3-1 by the Rangers.

    Therrien shuffled his lines, moving winger Brian Gionta up to the second line, Weise to the third and dropping the mercurial Vanek to the fourth. Vanek came into the game with no points, one shot, two penalty minutes and a minus-3 in the first two games of the series.

    The Rangers outshot Montreal 14-4 in the first period, firing pucks from all angles and using their speed to good effect. The Canadiens were lucky not to be down by more when the dust settled, with Tokarski getting the job done one way or another.

    New York's early onslaught came despite winning just seven of 22 faceoffs in the period.

    The home breakthrough came on the Rangers' 12th shot, courtesy of a two-on-one after a Subban shot hit Hagelin and created a two-on-one.

    Hagelin and Martin St. Louis advanced on defenceman Josh Gorges with Hagelin delaying his pass until the last moment before feeding St. Louis for a one-timer. A sliding Georges, who was virtually on top of Tokarski, somehow stopped the puck but it bounced into the air and Hagelin knocked it in from mid-air at 15:18.

    Montreal struck back at 3:20 of the second period after a seeing-eye pass across the New York zone from Max Pacioretty found Markov creeping in from the point and the defenceman beat Lundqvist with a low shot.

    Tokarski made big saves before and after the scoring play to keep the Habs in it. He stopped St. Louis on the doorstep, somehow getting his pad and glove up to stop the Ranger sniper.

    The shots were 13-9 in favour of New York in the period.

    NOTES -- Sting, Michael J. Fox, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Keener were among the celebrities in the crowd ... The game came one year to the day that Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was fired by the Vancouver Canucks.

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    Prust breaks Stepan's jaw with an intentional high check to the head away from the play - the EXACT kind of play that the NHL says is unacceptable and that will be severely punished, and which it says needs to be eliminated from the game - and gets a two game suspension. Carcillo jostles a linesman while trying to get at Prust, and gets a ten game suspension.

    This league is a fucking joke.

    It is obviously unacceptable to push/strike an official under any circumstances, so I'm OK with Carcillo getting suspended. I get it. But a guy who is a repeat offender, who told the press that Kreider injuring Price was intentional (when the tape clearly shows otherwise) & felt that the Canadiens needed to get "even," and who intentionally targets a guy's head away from the play, gets two games? This is the kind of shit that leads to "frontier justice," since the league's lip service to eliminating head shots is obviously a pack of lies.

    Meanwhile, the Habs lost their starting goalie due to an accidental play caused by their own defenseman tripping a Ranger and sending him flying into Price, and the Rangers lose their #1 center due to a retaliatory, intentional act, and the league basically declines to punish Montreal.

    Again, this league is a fucking joke.

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    May 24, 2014: Los Angeles Kings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3
    L.A. leads series 2-1

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    Chicago led 2-1 in the first period but trailed 3-2 after two periods. L.A. led 4-2 before Chicago scored a goal with 5 seconds left in the game. Shots by period were 10-10, 10-4 for Chicago, and 18-7 for L.A.

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    LOS ANGELES -- Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are among the few Los Angeles Kings who don't have a Stanley Cup ring from two years ago.

    Jeff Carter is grateful the youngsters are carrying him along on their own Cup chase after their line came up with another monster game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Carter had a goal and two assists, Toffoli scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Kings beat Chicago 4-3 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

    Drew Doughty had a third-period goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves as the Kings returned to Staples Center with an impressive two-way effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

    "I'm having so much fun with these guys," said Toffoli, who has scored a goal in every game of the conference finals. "Getting to play with a guy like Carter is a great opportunity, and (Pearson) and me are trying to live up to him."

    Game 4 is Monday night at Staples Center.

    Three days after Carter had four points in the third period of Game 2, Los Angeles got another dominant effort from the line centred by the veteran goal-scorer.

    In a 6:11 span of the second period of Game 3, Carter scored the tying goal off Pearson's pass before setting up the go-ahead score by Toffoli, who has a goal in every game of the conference finals.

    "They have a lot of chemistry from playing together" in the minors, Carter said. "They use their speed and their skill to create opportunities, and they kind of drag me along with them, so it's fun."

    Toffoli and Pearson still hadn't cracked Los Angeles' lineup in 2012 when the eighth-seeded Kings won the title. Toffoli became a regular for last season's run to the conference finals, while Pearson made his NHL debut in a playoff game last spring.

    They've both become key components of the Kings' four-line offensive attack. Slava Voynov also scored an early power-play goal as the Kings moved halfway to their second Stanley Cup final in three years.

    Captain Jonathan Toews scored twice in the first period for the Blackhawks, but they didn't score again until Patrick Sharp's goal with 5 seconds left. Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks, who have lost the first road game in 10 consecutive playoff series since 2010.

    "Once they got the lead, they seemed to get the momentum, and we couldn't quite find our way back into the game," Toews said. "It's up to us to play better with those leads."

    Three days after the Kings evened the series by scoring six consecutive goals in the final 22 minutes of Game 2, Los Angeles didn't relax and rely on its NHL-best defence.

    Neither team played conservatively despite the stakes, instead trading tantalizing scoring chances for the first two periods. The Kings kept pushing for goals even while leading in the third, generating 18 shots and keeping the talented Blackhawks stuck in their own end for long stretches.

    "We all want to win in here, and Toews is obviously our captain and leader," Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith said. "He definitely led the way tonight, but we need everybody if we are going to beat this team and try to win one here. Toews came out and led the way. It's up to the rest of us to follow that."

    The Blackhawks beat Los Angeles in five games in the conference finals last season, but the rematch hasn't been nearly as smooth for Chicago. Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell haven't scored a goal in the conference finals, while Sharp's last-gasp goal was his first of the series.

    The Blackhawks had their usual hundreds of red-clad fans in an otherwise black-and-white Staples Center crowd, and Toews put Chicago ahead just 5:26 into Game 3 with a spectacular short-handed goal, stealing the puck from Justin Williams and beating Quick between the legs. After Voynov tied it, Toews connected again later in the period on a rebound.

    The Kings evened it in the second period when Pearson corralled a puck that hit a referee behind the net and fed it to Carter in front for his eighth goal.

    Carter then chipped the puck ahead to Toffoli shortly after a Chicago power play ended. Toffoli broke in on Crawford, who lifted his left pad for only an instant -- right when Toffoli pushed the puck under him.

    The Kings kept up the pressure in the third period, and Doughty scored just his second goal of the post-season shortly after a power play expired in the third period.
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    May 25, 2014: New York Rangers 3, Montreal Canadiens 2 (OT)
    New York Rangers lead series 3-1

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    NEW YORK -- It was a goal literally years in the making, thanks to a shot Martin St. Louis works on day in day out.

    "The goal he scored tonight is exactly what you see him practise every time he's on the ice," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. "Like 100 pucks, he's trying to put it right there."

    On Sunday night, St. Louis' top-shelf snap shot from just below the faceoff dot was a dagger to the heart of the Canadiens.

    The goal, which came at 6:02 of overtime, moved New York within one win of its first Stanley Cup final in 20 years with a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The win, which gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference final, marked the first time the home side had triumphed in the series.

    "I felt I had room (on the glove side), and I tried to trust what I saw, and obviously I've gone to that side quite a bit that last few games and he's made some good saves on me," St. Louis said of Habs goalie Dustin Tokarski. "Sometimes you just have to keep trusting what you see and I was fortunate to get it by him."

    Said Tokarski: "I obviously gave him some room and he took advantage of it."

    Game 5 is Tuesday night in Montreal, with the Rangers looking to put the Canadiens to the sword for a third straight game at the Bell Centre.

    Carl Hagelin and Derick Brassard also scored for the Rangers, both on breakaways generated by stretch passes.

    Francis Bouillon and P.K. Subban -- who played 33:16 on the night -- scored for Montreal.

    The Rangers outshot the Canadiens 26-24 in regulation. Montreal had a 5-3 edge in overtime.

    The Canadiens will fly home full of regrets, especially after coming back twice to force overtime. The Montreal power play was one-for-eight and yielded a Rangers short-handed goal.

    "We had the opportunity on the power play and we didn't take advantage of it tonight," said coach Michel Therrien. "Yes, we scored a goal. It was a timely goal, but we gave up one and that was the (story) of the game. I thought our power play had to be better."

    And Montreal's defensive play on the winning goal was shocking. The Canadiens had several chances to get the puck out of their defensive zone but couldn't do it. St. Louis had so much room he could have parked a Winnebago in the faceoff circle as tired defenders Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin were caught on the wrong side of the play.

    "Well, we got a few chances to get out of it and move the puck harder in our own end, and it cost us the game," lamented Therrien.

    It was the third goal of the series for St. Louis, who attended the funeral of his mother between Games 1 and 2.

    He was buzzing all night, leading the Rangers with five shots on goal in 21:01 of ice time. The goal was his first playoff overtime winner since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final on June 5, 2004 at Calgary as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    In a largely empty dressing room, the Canadiens looked for positives.

    They will have a rabid home crowd -- the best in the world, according to goalie Tokarski -- at their back Tuesday as they look to stave off elimination.

    "I don't think frustrated is the word," said Tokarski. "We had some chances, hit a post late and had a power play (in OT). It's a game of inches and we came short."

    Said Montreal captain Brian Gionta: "I thought Tokarski played great for us, gave us a chance to win that game. We're not out of the series by any means."

    History favours the Rangers, who are 12-1 in the 13 best-of-seven playoff series in which they led three games to one after Game 4.

    Montreal is 2-16 when trailing 3-1 in a playoff series. The last time they overturned such a deficit was in 2009-10 against Washington.

    But the Canadiens have already staved off elimination in these playoffs, reeling off two straight wins to defeat Boston four games to three in the previous round.

    "This is far from over," said Rangers forward Brad Richards. "I remember sitting in here down 3-1 against Pittsburgh. They will feel bad tonight, but tomorrow they will wake up in front of their home crowd and once that game starts 3-1, you throw that out the window and it is back in the battle again.

    "We have to realize the longer it goes the more life and more belief they get, so it's going to be a very important start to the next game."

    Sunday's win came 20 years to the day that the Rangers defeated New Jersey 4-2 in Game 6 of the Eastern final. New York captain Mark Messier, who had guaranteed the win, scored a natural hat trick that night. The Rangers went on to beat Vancouver for the Cup.

    Goalie Mike Richter and five other members of that championship team were in the stands Sunday.

    New York was 0-for-3 with the man-advantage but scored shorthanded through Hagelin.

    The Rangers took nine penalties -- including three straight in the third period and overtime -- to four for Montreal.

    Vigneault did not dispute any of the calls.

    "We put ourselves behind the 8-ball a few times by taking, I think it was five penalties 200 feet from our net. We're going to have to do a much better job than that," he said. "But give credit to our killers and our goaltender. They did a real good job."

    After Subban tied it at 2-2 two minutes into the third, Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk rang one off the goal post with a little over three minutes remaining. He thought he scored but play continued. Replays showed Lundqvist got his stick to the puck before it hit the crossbar and bounced down -- in front of the goal-line.

    With New York's Derek Stepan recovering from a broken jaw suffered on a Brandon Prust hit in Game 3, Dominic Moore moved up to centre Rick Nash and Chris Kreider. Brassard returned from injury to centre Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot. J.T. Miller took the place of the suspended Dan Carcillo on the fourth line.

    For Montreal, Michael Bournival stepped in for the suspended Prust on the fourth line and Bouillon replaced defenceman Nathan Beaulieu.

    As in Game 3, Montreal found itself down 1-0 after a first period which could have been worse on the scoreboard.

    New York came into the game not having allowed a power-play goal in its last eight games (22 times shorthanded). And the penalty kill produced offence.

    The short-handed Rangers went ahead 12 seconds into a Pouliot penalty thanks to a Brian Boyle stretch pass from the blue-line. The speedy Hagelin broke in alone, faked a shot and tucked a backhand through the legs of Tokarski at 7:18 for his sixth of the playoffs.

    Montreal's David Desharnais failed to corral a pass behind the New York goal and Ryan McDonagh poked the puck to Boyle to trigger the play.

    It was the Rangers' first short-handed goal in 70 playoff games, dating back to April 9, 2008.

    The penalty count was three to one against the Rangers by the 10-minute mark, but the Canadiens power play was sputtering.

    Montreal began to push back after the goal and Brian Gionta had a glorious chance 12 minutes in on a Lundqvist rebound at the doorstep, but the puck bobbled and Lundqvist's pad was there when the Montreal captain finally got control.

    Tokarski was buried by a sliding Nash five minutes into the second period but survived the collision. That prompted the officials to warn both benches about not crashing the crease.

    The New York-born Bouillon tied it up with a blistering shot from the top of a circle on a two-on-one with Desharnais after a nifty Rene Bourque pass between his legs. Lundqvist got a piece of it with his shoulder, but the puck still went in top corner glove side at 8:08.

    At times, the game was like table hockey with both sides looking to open up the other with long passes.

    Tokarski robbed St. Louis on a breakaway late in the period, catching the puck with his glove as if it was spring-loaded.

    The Rangers went ahead with 56 seconds remaining in the second when Dan Girardi found Brassard with a superb stretch pass from deep in his own end. Brassard raced in and unloaded a slapshot from the slot to beat Tokarski.

    Lundqvist picked up an assist, the first by a Rangers goalie in the playoffs since Richter on May 11, 1997.

    An early Montreal power play in the third -- its sixth man-advantage -- finally paid off when Subban hammered home a slapshot from the blue-line two minutes in.

    It was Subban's first point of the series -- and first in six games -- but also his fifth goal of the playoffs.

    Lundqvist recorded his 41st career playoff victory, tying him with Richter for first on the team's all-time playoff wins list.

    NOTES -- Stepan missed a game for the first time in his four-year NHL career (294 regular-season and 54 playoff games) ... Celebs in the house included New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, ex-Rangers Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin, ex-Giant Justin Tuck, Matt Harvey of the Mets, singer Harry Belafonte and actor Susan Lucci.

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