Rangers focusing on playing better in Game 4 vs. Canadiens

Hazel Gray
April 19, 2017

"We need to be ready to be at least as good as we were in the last game".

To that end, the Canadiens opted to hold a video session Monday.

After a feeble 12 shots through two periods in Sunday's bad Game 3 loss, they had 22 through two Tuesday and finished with at least 10 shots in each period. "I think the patience we showed and the confidence in the situation was great to see".

Price had a.944 save percentage and a 1.53 goals-against average, which was as much a reflection on the Rangers' inability to create net-front traffic and an 0-for-10 power play that spent more of its time chasing the puck down the ice than setting up in the Canadiens' zone than Price making spectacular saves.

"(Hayes) was on me and I kind of saw Lundqvist moving with me", Radulov said. "We didn't do that for 82 games".

New York's best opportunity in the third period came off the stick of Michael Grabner, who had already scored earlier in the game.

For the first two months of the regular season, the New York Rangers had the most dynamic offense in the National Hockey League. The Rangers were not shooting for the moon or even the roof Tuesday night.

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The Rangers had a late power play in the period, but all chances were shut down by Price.

"That takes a full group". A tied series can be anyone's game, not that a loss of the lead is a surefire road to a lost series. It was easy on the D-men to have that good gap because guys were doing a really good job. of back pressuring them, forcing them to run right into our "D" early in the neutral zone. And anybody who believes that this group doesn't want to play well, doesn't want to win, doesn't know what they're talking about.

Staal didn't seem to think his teammates trying to finish their checks was going to hamper them offensively at all, but Dan Girardi, another long-tenured member of the New York Rangers blueline, one with hyperbolically more playoff experience than the rest of the league combined at this point, made comments that echoed Vigneault's.

NY outshot Montreal, 32-24.

NY was pressing at the end of the period, but were thwarted on a odd-man rush by the outstanding backcheck of Alexander Radulov, preventing any further chances for NY in the dying minutes. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 5 goals.

The solid effort began with proof that there is one trick more hard in hockey than flipping a puck off the ceiling and catching it on your stick: It is beating Henrik Lundqvist on a breakaway.

Lundqvist has been stellar in the series with a 1.89 goals-against average and a.944 save percentage.

"It's one thing to have all these meetings and talk about it and it's another to actually go out and do it", Lundqvist said.

"We needed our best effort tonight and we got it", said Lundqvist, who has a 1.89 GAA and a.944 SV% thus far in the series.

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