St. Louis Overtime Winner Gives Rangers 3-1 Edge
(NEW YORK) -- Martin St. Louis scored six minutes into overtime, giving the New York Rangers a 3-2 win Sunday and a 3-1 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals. St. Louis has now registered a point in six-straight playoff games, helping to put the Rangers on the verge of the Stanley Cup Finals.
"I just got open,'' said St. Louis. "I tried to trust my instincts. I hit some good shots, he made some good saves. I was fortunate this one got by him.''
Carl Hagelin started the scoring in the first with a short-handed goal and ended up assisting St. Louis on the game winner. The two teams traded goals over the final two periods of regulation with Derick Brassard giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead after the second period. P.K. Subban tied things up on a power play two minutes into the third, helping to send the game in overtime.
In the extra frame, the Rangers controlled possession in the attacking zone. As the puck drifted its way along the boards, Montreal turned it over and Hagelin found St. Louis at the right circle. The 14-year veteran sniped one over the right shoulder of Dustin Tokarski, sending the Madison Square Garden crowd into a frenzy.
Despite giving the Canadiens six power plays, New York's penalty kill allowed just one goal in the game. The Rangers had not allowed a goal in 27 straight penalty kills prior to Subban's tying tally. Both teams had 29 shots on goal but Henrik Lundqvist made one more save than Tokarski to earn the win.
New York can clinch their first berth into the Stanley Cup Finals since winning it all in 1994 on Tuesday night.
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