Rangers even series with Canadiens

Rangers winger Rick Nash left backhands a shot past Montreal goaltender Carey Price to give the Blueshirts the lead in the second period

The Canadiens scored first, but the Rangers took a 3-2 lead into the third period thanks to second-period goals from Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello.

"I need the whole group to be better", coach Alain Vigneault said before faceoff.

"I thought we did a good job defensively and offensively, but also our special teams were very good tonight too".

Nash's goal re-energized the MSG crowd and the Rangers dominated for the rest of the period, save for a few shifts and a late Montreal power where there was some token resistance. The game tips off at 7:00 PM EST in Madison Square Garden, Manhattan.

Carey Price stopped 32 of the 34 shots against him for Montreal but was far from his best in Game 4.

Carey Price turned back 35 shots in helping Montreal tie the series.

The Rangers stopped their home losing streak in the playoffs - dating back to 2015 - at six games.

Unlike Game 2 in Montreal, where the Rangers couldn't protect a one-goal lead late, they got the job done Tuesday night despite almost allowing the equalizer when Habs' defenseman Shea Weber's shot from the point clanked off the post.

Gallagher started the play with a crisp zone entry, then held Marc Staal off behind the NY net to make a delicate feed to Byron, who rifled home from the slot.

Brady Skjei spoiled Price's shutout bid with 2:56 remaining for his first career playoff goal.

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The goal was the latest tying playoff goal in Canadiens history, beating Jacques Lemaire's goal in 1975 with 24 seconds remaining. When the ice was broken, it was Lehkonen one-timing a goal-line feed Brendan Gallagher for a power-play goal.

"He's a guy who really cares", Julien said. Instead, the Rangers focused on playing physically and trying to match the Canadiens' gritty style that is facilitated by players like Steve Ott and Dwight King. We talked about managing the puck better.

New York's newfound abundance of energy in Game 4, especially in the second, seemed to befuddle Montreal as it was unable to record a shot on goal for the first 8:27 of the frame. NY had a 12-6 edge in shots and the Canadiens had nine giveaways in the period.

For many goalies, 29 shots in an National Hockey League game.

While Emelin won't play in Game 3, he has not been ruled out for Game 4.

Nash broke a 1-1 tie 4:28 into the second period with his second of the playoffs and his 14th in 69 career Stanley Cup playoff games.

Radulov, Shea Weber, even $6 million man Tomas Plekanec have stepped up in big ways for the Habs, but their leading scorer - the player who carried them on his back in the toughest of times this season - has been conspicuously quiet.

NOTES: Looking to spark the offense, Pavel Buchnevich, who was a healthy scratch for the first three games of this series, was in the lineup for Rangers. Alexei Emelin would be in Nesterov's place usually, but he's out with an injury and did not travel to NY. "We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the next two out of three and that's what we wanted". The right winger held off NY centre Kevin Hayes as he barreled down the slot, then flipped in his second of these playoffs, and his seventh career playoff goal.

"I saw it, but still I didn't get my arm up", Lundqvist said later after making 23 saves. As the series moves back to Edmonton, whichever team can find the most consistency in their game will go a long way towards moving on to the next round in what should be a heck of a finish.

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