Rangers top Canadiens 2-1; series tied 2-2

Rangers top Canadiens 2-1; series tied 2-2

Notes: New York has won the last two playoff matchups against Montreal (2014 and 1996). … The Rangers and Canadiens have now met 16 times in the playoffs. … Montreal served up 53 hits to New York's 45. "But when you make one when you're 21 or 25, it hurts you a bit and then you won't let it happen again, unless you're dumb". "We have to do a better job of getting in there and cleaning up the rebounds". "We saw their best".

With the Rangers' J.T. Miller off on a delay of game penalty for a faceoff infraction, the Canadiens started pressing on their first power play of the game.

What will decide Tuesday night's game?

Sharks 7, Oilers 0 • Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored two goals and host San Jose rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating Edmonton to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Weber one-timed a feed from Alex Galchenyuk past Lundqvist to finish off a sequence that began with Jeff Petry knocking the puck off of Rick Nash's stick in the defensive zone to start the counter-attack. Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid each scored short-handed goals to help tie the series. He finished eighth in the National Hockey League with 35 regular season goals.

That prompted chants of "We want seven!" from the delirious crowd and it came when Schlemko scored on the power play in the third.

"We're really focusing on our game and we're focusing on what we need to do to have success", Canadiens coach Claude Julien said.

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We were 20 minutes away from being up 2-0. "It feels incredible and we took home-ice back and that's what's important", Ryan said. The Senators haven't done things the easy way this season, so why would they start now. "We seem to thrive on the road".

And it is the way Nash has elevated his game in the playoffs that has made him such a critical piece of the puzzle.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 20 saves.

"Two of the best goalies in the league going head-to-head", Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty said. But all the little things he does: "always in the right position, tough for guys to play against", said Gallagher. So yeah, there's obvious some concern with the officiating in this game and series overall. Few aspects are black and white. To make matters worse, they've been outscored 18-3 during that stretch. "Both teams battled hard and got some looks".

The Canadiens head into Tuesday night's game four encounter coming off a huge victory to take the series lead in game three and have a great shot here at putting themselves in the driver's seat heading back home with a chance to clinch the series. Forcing them to be on their heels and play most of the night without the puck are certainly ways to accomplish that.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) celebrates with Evgeni Malkin (71), and Sidney Crosby (87) after the team's 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 14, 2017. Even when the Blueshirts didn't particularly have anything, they were still able to send one man in on the puck while changing.

In Game 4, it's the Rangers now that will need to adjust to Montreal's pushback or face an elimination game on the road on Thursday. At the end of the first frame, shot attempts were in 19-12 in favour of the Rangers, but Montreal led in shots (10-9), scoring chances (9-5), and high danger scoring chances (5-0).

The Rangers were not overly concerned about being outshot 58-38 in Game 2.