Radulov helps Canadiens beat Rangers 3-1 for series lead

Instead of heading to NY trailing by two games, the Canadiens won on Friday night to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal 1-1 with Game 3 set for Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. The Canadiens won't be able to manage 58 shots in Game 3 in NY, so that should lead to fewer goals, as Lundqvist is still playing quite well.

St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) and Alex Pietrangelo (27) celebrate after their team scored the winning goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 14, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.

In Montreal, Alexander Radulov scored 18:34 into overtime to complete the Canadiens' comeback in a 4-3 win over the Rangers. The win tied the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

"We can definitely get better in the board battles", said Julien. "All those little things will add up to us hoping to have more success".

"We had a couple of times to get the puck out and they worked hard to keep them in".

In the second period, the Rangers were outplayed by the Canadiens yet again.

It was the first career National Hockey League playoff goal for Lehkonen. Also our special teams was very good tonight, two power-play goals scored coupled with the penalty killing. The second was a slightly less moronic double-minor on Mats Zuccarello for high-sticking the Canadiens' Andrei Markov.

With New York fighting to say in the game, Radulov took a feed from Philip Danault with just over four minutes to play and rampaged past defenceman Brady Skjei to one-hand the puck into the net.

The Rangers not only continue to pair those two together, they insist on playing them in key situations-like during a 6-on-5 in a 3-2 game with 17 seconds remaining.

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The Rangers feel they need to do a better job of using their speed to transition from defense to offense and using their quickness on the forecheck to spend more time in Montreal's end than they did Friday night in Game 2.

The Oilers allowed just 16 shots on Cam Talbot in a 2-0 shutout of the visiting San Jose Sharks.

In Game 1 on Wednesday, the Habs, finishing check after check to the delight of the crowd, dominated the first period, firing 16 shots on Lundqvist.

It was the first power-play goal of the series.

Trailing 3-2 with time winding down, goaltender Carey Price was pulled and the Canadiens rallied as the Blueshirts tried to protect the slim lead.

We have come to the point of the series where we start questioning certain players needing to step up who have failed to do so thus far.

"We're definitely fighting it a little bit", NY defenceman Ryan McDonagh said.

Price made a stop on an in-close attempt by Kevin Hayes with about three minutes remaining in the first and then a diving save on a backhand follow by Rick Nash seconds later. But for younger players it's a learning experience, and even for older guys like Gallagher - with 324 regular season and 36 playoff games under his belt - it's not always an easy thing to do. More importantly, the team has gone from a single offensive line in Game 1 to three lines all capable of driving possession, generating chances, and scoring goals. Plekanec appeared in his 84th, tying Chris Nilan for 43rd. It was Lehkonen's first in the playoffs, and his third in three career games against NY.


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