Rangers aim to locate missing offense vs. Canadiens

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

Until that goal, the game was nearly a virtual replay of Games 1 and 2.

Local media outlets, as well as some out of town, had plenty to say about the Rangers' big win. In the game's first 11 minutes, their six shots totaled the same amount of attempts they landed on Price's goal during Sunday's loss. While New York raged against the dying of the light, the Canadiens intermittently pushed back, highlighted by a diligent effort by Artturi Lekhonen to drive the puck in on the short side of Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers are 0 for 12 on the power play in the series.

The second period was nearly a replica of that of game one when the Rangers tilted the ice and generated more chances and kept the Canadiens in their own zone for much of the period. Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov skated into his own zone to retrieve a puck that was dumped in along the boards.

The New York Rangers evened the series with a 2-1 Game 4 win Tuesday night over the Montreal Canadiens. San Jose scored their sixth goal on the subsequent power play. In the ensuing power play, Nash broke in on Price and recklessly bowled him over, performing his best Chris Kreider imitation. NY is 0-for-12 in the series. Alex Radulov set the play in motion when he separated Brady Skjei from the puck at the blue line and passed ahead to Mitchell, who had a 2-on-1 break with Weber.

Radulov, who got the overtime victor in Game 2 on Friday night after Tomas Plekanec tied it with 18 seconds left in regulation, has two goals and three assists in the past two games.

The New York Rangers will face the same issue Sunday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series that they encountered throughout the regular season - finding a way to win at Madison Square Garden. He scored a massive goal early in the second period to put the Rangers up 2-1, and if not for the crossbar, would have buried another in the third period. In doing so, the Canadiens limited NY to 21 shots. Nash tucked the puck through Price's legs for the go-ahead goal.

Regardless of Rangers domination, it was still a one-goal lead heading into the third as the hosts missed out on an opportunity to put the game away early. Other celebs included comedian John Oliver, Run-D.M.C. rapper Darryl McDaniels, actor Ansel Elgort from The Divergent series, Today Show host Matt Lauer, former New York Mets reliever John Franco and the New York Giants trio of Justin Pugh, Jonathan Casillas and Damon Harrison.

At about the 17:30 mark, Derek Stepan was called for a fairly trivial hooking penalty.

It's easy to forget that Plekanec wouldn't have forced overtime in Game 2 - and Montreal wouldn't have even dreamed of a 3-1 edge on Tuesday night - without Pacioretty's brilliant strip in the neutral zone and dogged dash to goal line to setup Plekanec. The difference in heat maps after the first 20 (left) and the second 20 minutes (right) is stark and thoroughly unappealing.

"Certainly we could be better", Ryan McDonagh said.

Andrew Shaw came closest to scoring for the Habs when his shot in the second-period grazed the outside of the post. They also failed to capitalize on at least two breakaways and one partial attempt. "That's still tough. They've still got a lot of players over there, and the way they throw pucks at the net, it's challenging".

Through the first quarter mark of the season, the Rangers looked, and were rightly praised, as the team that was going to change the way lineups were built.

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