Rangers vs. Canadiens: Game 4 score, highlights, reaction

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

But it was only a difference maker because the rest of his teammates followed suit with passionate play of their own.

The Rangers stopped their home losing streak in the playoffs - dating back to 2015 - at six games.

The first-round matchup is now tied 2-2, effectively creating a three-game series for a spot in the second round.

There are 13 current Rangers who were on the National Hockey League roster the last time the club won a playoff game on home ice entering Tuesday's Game 4 against Montreal at the Garden.

The Rangers. The offense gets going and Lundqvist from Game 1 returns to help the Rangers even the series in a key spot.

While Vigneault acknowledged he needs to make some tweaks, he doesn't envision major changes to the focus on speed and transition that made his team successful this season.

Game 4 will likely come down to which team's slumping offensive players step up. "Come into the building and leave everything out there".

The Rangers had no forecheck because the majority of their dump-ins went straight to Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who is no stranger to playing the puck and playing it well. Nikita Nesterov found himself glued to the bench after a mistake that led to Michael Grabner's breakaway goal in the first period and has been shaky in both games. A clearing attempt was thwarted by Ryan McDonagh who promptly sent Nash in all alone on Price. "We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the next two out of three and that's what we wanted". "The other night was a frustrating one". The Canadiens noticed the attempts to emulate their style - the Rangers outhit the Canadiens 74-55 in Game 2 and 41-31 in Game 3 - and changed their strategy to include players that would best compete with the Rangers.

The visitors became more aggressive in the third period but struggled to get many legitimate chances at the net.

Conventional wisdom is that despite the setback, the team should be happy to leave Montreal having split games.

Just like Game 2, Canadiens coach Claude Julien pulled Price for an extra skater with plenty of time left in regulation, this time with 2:27 left.

With his two-point night, Radulov is now second in playoff scoring behind countryman Evgeni Malkin with five points and is a big reason the Canadiens hold a 2-1 series lead.

"We had a couple of times to get the puck out and they worked hard to keep them in".

"To be able to compete and play against them you have to make every shift count, and that's what we tried to do tonight", said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

"It wasn't my best", Pacioretty said after Game 4. How Price, and by extension the Canadiens' defense, weathers that storm in the first period could be an indicator of how this game goes.

Too much, at the start, still was coming from the outside but the Rangers, slowly but surely, drew their game closer to Price's crease.

Although the Rangers lost 4-3 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 on Friday, they still stole home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series by virtue of their 2-0 victory in Game 1.

And the Rangers were 18 seconds away from joining them until Tomas Plekanec tied Game 2 late in the third period before Alexander Radulov won it for the Canadiens to tie that series at a game apiece going into Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

That was their disastrous strategy in Game 2 after taking a 3-2 lead.

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