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Max Pacioretty: Max Pacioretty has 1A in four playoff games

21 April 2017, 08:01 | Joan Schultz

Max Pacioretty: Max Pacioretty has 1A in four playoff games

Max Pacioretty: Max Pacioretty has 1A in four playoff games

"We need more - it's as simple as that".

Despite a strong 26-save performance from Henrik Lundqvist, New York dropped its second straight in the series, and sixth home playoff game in a row. But it was only a difference maker because the rest of his teammates followed suit with passionate play of their own.

On Tuesday night, the Canadiens were looking to take a stranglehold in their first round series against the Rangers. Now, after struggling to generate many chances in Game 3, the Rangers need a win Tuesday to avoid going back to Montreal in a 3-1 hole.

With the Rangers leading 3-2 in the final seconds, Tomas Plekanec scored the tying goal after defenseman Nick Holden broke his stick while slashing Plekanec and was unable to prevent the winning deflection from near the crease. New York, which had the league's best road record this season, finished with just 21 wins at home - the fewest among all the playoff teams.

"We have to do a better job", Pacioretty said. "Come into the building and leave everything out there". Oh, and there's also Steve Ott violently kicking his skate blades at Mats Zuccarello's back/legs after a slight scrum by the Montreal bench. Captain Ryan McDonagh was a two-way beast. "We didn't get it in Game 2, but tonight we got it".

The Canadiens and Rangers have integrated aspects of each others' games to knot this series at two games a piece.

Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night, giving Montreal a 2-1 lead in the series. The Swedish goalie has posted a.941 save percentage in the series. Zuccarello led the Rangers in assists this season, and his playmaking ability will certainly be needed if NY wants to even this series. "In the second and third period we tried, but we weren't able to find the back of the net".

The next game, he scored one goal, had three shots on goal, five hits, and six penalty minutes. This game will be featured in my top plays in the Sports Chat Experts section but for my free play I think this one stays tight to the vest again in a low scoring affair. Then in the waning moments, the Canadiens just couldn't get one through, even having a Shea Weber blast hit the post with 1:18 remaining.

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The Rangers lost 3-1 in Game 3 on Sunday because they couldn't push through Montreal's excellent structure.

Head coach Alain Vigneault praised his teams effort by saying, "We knew we had to respond as a group and that's what this group did tonight". "Everyone in that room, to a man, knows their game can be better and needs to be better".

Nash had a chance to double the Rangers' advantage on the power play with 5:39 left in the period, but his rush toward the net took out Price before the puck trickled into the net. "Not too much phases him".

Tuesday evening, The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 by a score of 2-1.

Lundqvist made just 22 saves but he stopped a pair of breakaways in the first period from Mitchell and Andrew Shaw. 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.

The Canadiens have just a one-game advantage over the Rangers in this first round, but Montreal has clearly shown they've been better at adapting than NY.

It showed - particularly through eight minutes of shot-less hockey from the Canadiens to start the second period.



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