Montreal Canadiens Playoffs  Game 15  Away game 8  |  Sunday May 25, 2014 | Rangers lead third round series 3-1

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 Game Recap:

The Canadiens had three first period power-plays but were down 1-0 at the end of 20 minutes after giving up a short-handed goal. Despite scoring one goal, the Habs power-play was dreadful going 1-for-8 and registering just eight shots on goal. Despite an abundance of power-play time, the trio of David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Thomas Vanek was anemic. With the number 1 centre losing 72 percent of his draws, the Habs were constantly chasing the puck. In addition there were breakdowns from a defensive top-4 who are looking fatigued from logging too many minutes and, without Carey Price to help move the puck, are getting punished by forecheckers.

Plus / Minus

▲   Dustin Tokarski, Brendan Gallagher, Brian Gionta, Alex Galchenyuk, Daniel Briere

▼   Thomas Vanek, P.K Subban, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Michael Bounival

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 FINAL 1 2 3 OT1 T
 Canadiens 0 1 1 0 2
 Rangers 1 1 0 1 3

Goal Scorers:
MTL  Bouillon(2), Subban(5)
NYR  Hagelin(6), Brassard(5), St. Louis(6)-OT
MTL Tokarski (L)  1-2-1
NYR Lundqvist (W) 11-7-0

Shots on Goal:

 FINAL 1 2 3 OT T
 Canadiens 11 5 8 5 29
 Rangers 9 11 6 3 29

 NHL Three Stars
  1. Martin St. Louis  NYR 
  2. Carl Hagelin  NYR
  3. Brian Boyle  NYR

 Post-game Press Conference

186237429_slideHead coach Michel Therrien

  •  “We got a few chances to move the puck out of our end and it cost (us) the game.”
  • “We had opportunities on the power-play but we didn’t take advantage of it tonight. Yes, we scored a goal. It was the tying goal, but we gave up one, and that was the [difference] in the game. Our power play has to be better.”
  • “I thought 5-on-5 we were playing well, we got some chances. But we still have to battle hard.”

Captain Brian Gionta

  • “This series isn’t over. By no means are we counting ourselves out. It’s a tough loss. It’s a bitter loss. But at the end of the day we’re still in this series.”
  • “We played a pretty decent game, and we’ve just got to keep building. As this series has gone on, we’ve gotten better, we’ve been able to get more chances.”
  • “Obviously we would have liked to get that win, but we’re not out of this yet.”

Forward Alex Galchenyuk

  • “I’m disappointed. I could have ended the game right there, and it would have been 2-2 heading back to Montreal. Unfortunately, we lost, but I can’t overthink about that play. I have to try to make a difference next game.”

Defenseman P.K. Subban

  • “We walked in the room here and a couple of guys said that we’re going to put this behind us and get ready for a bigger game come Tuesday. We did a lot. We had a lot of opportunities, but pucks didn’t go in. There is a lot of hockey left to be played, and we just have to be prepared to go home and play a good game.”
  • “We had a couple of opportunities where the puck bounced back the other way; things happen. We’re not too focused on [the loss] now. We have a quick turnaround here, so we have to put it behind us and get ready for the next game.”
  • “It’s the playoffs, and teams aren’t going to give you two and three power-play goals a game; guys are bearing down and willing to block shots. You hope for a bounce and to get pucks to the net. You hope for a tip and hope for it to go in. But it’s hard to score two or three power-play goals in a game. It’s a game of mistakes, and the team that makes the least amount of mistakes is usually the team that wins.”

Goalie Dustin Tokarski

  • “Playing good isn’t enough. You have to be great. [Lundqvist] was really good on the other end and got the win.”
  • “It was a good hockey game. It’s unfortunate we were on the losing end.”
  • “[Martin St. Louis] got the puck with a little bit of time and he just picked the corner.”
  • “It’s not a great feeling right now, but we need to get it out of our system and get back to work tomorrow. We have to win a hockey game.”

Rangers forward Carl Hagelin

  • “We were definitely undisciplined. We took a few too many tripping and high-sticking calls. The refs are always going to call those. We have to play smarter.”

alain-vigneaultflipRangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist

  • “Got a little lucky there (Galchenyuk’s shot.) It hit my stick and then the crossbar. I wasn’t sure if I got enough of the shot.”
  • “It’s exciting to know that you’re one game away.”
  • “You have to get to a level where you help the team, and that’s a pretty good motivation there.”

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault

  • “It was us. It was us. They were penalties. You can’t do that.”
  • “The goal [St. Louis] scored is exactly what you see him practice every time he’s on the ice, like a hundred pucks. He’s trying to put it right there. He made, obviously, a great shot on that goal.”

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  1. […] Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final took place in New York and the Habs found themselves down early yet again. Carl Hagelin scored a short-handed goal in the first period, but Francis Bouillon went top shelf on Henrik Lundqvist in the second to put the Canadiens on the board. Dustin Tokarski made some stellar saves, but the defense wasn’t solid enough in front of him. P.K. Subban scored one in the third period, and with the tally knotted at two each the game went to overtime. Martin St. Louis potted the game winner. Final score: Rangers, 3-2 (OT). (Read our full recap here: Habs Miss Chance to Tie Series) […]

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