Stanley Cup Playoffs | First Round
Game 4 | Tuesday April 18, 2017 | Series tied 2-2  

Madison Square Garden, NewYork City, NY.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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1-2

RANGERS
New York

(Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Danault – Radulov
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Galchenyuk – Shaw
King – Ott – Mitchell

Markov – Weber
Benn – Petry
Beaulieu – Davidson

Goaltenders

Price
Montoya

Scratches

Brian Flynn, Michael McCarron, Andreas Martinsen, Alexei Emelin, Nikita Nesterov

Injured Reserve

Game Report

The common refrain after this game was: New York was a desperate team. It was a strong bounce-back effort from the Rangers who showed a different side than Sunday night. The Blue Shirts were aggressive (43 hits), owned the neutral zone and were first on pucks.

It was that simple. And, they scored first.

The opening goal by Jesper Fast helped bring a sceptical Madison Square onboard with the Rangers facing an inauspicious record for home playoff losses. Fast was the recipient of good fortune with the bad taking a bad bounce off the skate of Andrei Markov.

Less than a minute earlier, the scoring chance was at the other end of the ice. It was Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw who was unable to finish on a breakaway.

Remember Shaw? When he was coasting or taking a bad penalty during the season, we were confidently told by his apologists, “But just wait til the playoffs!”

What were we waiting for exactly? So far Mr. April hasn’t looking much different from the Shaw we watched in January. In fact, apart from an uptick in his play immediately after the arrival of Claude Julien, we haven’t seen much that would justify the six-year deal that Shaw received from Marc Bergevin.

In four games, Shaw has zeroes across the board while averaging 15 and a half minutes a game. He also sports an unflattering minus-2 with 35.7 percent success rate at the faceoff dot. Andrew Shaw certainly has company in the no-show department so far in the playoffs but given that he was acquired by Bergevin specifically for the post-season (at significant cost) he has to be considered a disappointment so far.

The Rangers dominated in the second frame. Two-thirds of the way through the period, shots were 11-2 for the home side. By far, it was New York’s best period of the series.

In addition to the Canadiens lack of offense in this game, there were plenty of holes on the back end. The Rangers aggressive game put pressure on the Habs defencemen throughout the game. Jeff Petry and Jordie Benn were at fault on the Rangers winning goal (not to mention, Max Pacioretty.)

But once again, the award for the worst player on the ice went to Nathan Beaulieu. Hands down. No one else came close.

Despite the loss, the Canadiens remain in the driver’s seat with two of the remaining three games being at the Bell Centre. But Julien will have to insulate his defencemen and find the right line combinations to produce more than a single goal.

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▲     Carey Price, Shea Weber, Torrey Mitchell, Artturi Lehkonen, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec

▼     Nathan Beaulieu, Jordie Benn, Max Pacioretty

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   RANGERS
19 Shots 21
53% Face-offs 47%
2 for 3 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 6
31 Hits 41
 50 Corsi For  60
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT OT2 T
 Canadiens (2-2) 0 1 2 3
 Rangers (2-2) 0 0 1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Mitchell (1) 
  • NYR: Fast (1), Nash (2) 
  • MTL: Price (L) 2-2
  • NYR: Lundqvist (W) 2-2
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1.  Rick Nash  NYR
  2.  Henrik Lundqvist  NYR
  3.  Carey Price MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “I think we just forced passes tonight. We weren’t as good tonight as we were [Sunday] night. I thought that we were forcing things more than just managing the puck better, and that resulted in a lot of icings. Same thing on the faceoffs; we had a lot of draws on our own hand, so we needed to manage the puck better tonight.”

Carey Price

  • “They were desperate tonight, and they executed a pretty good game plan. We have to give that team credit, they played well tonight.”
  • “The challenge is facing the same team the next game. It’s a battle of adjustments.”

Max Pacioretty

  • “They were trying to play very physical with us — a lot more physical than the first couple of games. It was obvious that was their goal, and they were able to limit our speed, time, and space. It’s up to us to battle through that and come out with a win when they play that way. We hope to do so in the next game.”
  • “We’re playing a very good team, and they played their best tonight. We want to be better, and we have a lot to learn from this game.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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