Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rangers Snap Home Slide, Even Series with Habs

The New York Rangers put forth a gritty, energized effort to snap their six-game home playoff losing streak and even their best of seven series with the Montreal Canadiens at two games apiece on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. After a flat, one-sided loss to Montreal on Sunday, the Rangers responded with a fiery, physical effort, getting goals from Jesper Fast and Rick Nash to claim a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for New York, but he only needed to make 12 of those stops in the second and third periods as the Rangers defense worked to limit second chances.

Carey Price made 30 saves and Torey Mitchell scored for the Canadiens.

The Rangers brought a lot of traffic to Price's crease, and even though Nash had a goal disallowed in the first period when he was given a minor penalty for goaltender interference after running over price in the crease, New York's extra effort and willingness to go to the dirty areas paid dividends when Nash scored from the goalmouth after a pair of Canadien miscues led to a shot from the left point by Ryan McDonagh that Nash scooped up and turned into the game-winner.

Nash now has 13 points in his last 12 postseason games for the Rangers.

Game 5 is Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal.