Another Original Six matchup at MSG between the Montreal Canadiens (with new coach Claude Julien) and the New York Rangers. As they look to get back to their winning ways, they had a 6 game winning streak snapped by their rivals, the New York Islanders, and won against the league leading Capitals Sunday afternoon.
With the drop of the puck, the entire first period was controlled by the Canadiens. Extreme shifts in the Rangers zone, and very little offensive presence for our boys in blue. They had the first two, and only PP’s of the first, both looking like complete and utter trash. No good chances on the first, and the only good chance on the second came from a Derek Stepan shot from the right side of the net, giving them a total of two shots on goal on two chances. The first goal in the period came from Andrew Shaw, as Lundqvist was caught outside of his net. Holden wasn’t able to get good positioning as he went behind the net. Fast broke out of the zone and slid the puck over to Lindberg,as he was going down, to tie the game at 1.
Holden took an interference penalty in the second and the Canadiens wasted no time lining up Weber for a drive from the point, thus taking the lead again. The Canadiens started the second period with strong play, as they did in the first. The Rangers had more chances, but the Canadiens were able to fend them off to come back with strong chances of their own. 5 minutes into the period things started to even out the rest of the game. Nash had two breakaway chances. He missed the first, and fans were ready to crucify him. He hit the second, and fans were back on the bandwagon to praise him. The end of the second period was quiet, with zone to zone play.
The third period rolled along and things were quiet. Chances at both ends, but nothing exciting. Overtime is where the talking is. We were witnessing what could possibly be a reality come playoff time, and it sure felt like it. In the winding seconds of overtime, both Lundqvist and Price made outstanding saves to give their team a chance to win. To the skills competition we went. Zuccarello would be the only scorer for the Rangers, as Radulov and Byron would net goals giving the Canadiens the win.
Game takeaways: Lundqvist was once again sharp as ever. Lindberg has been playing well and did so again in the game. Fast and Girardi had outstanding performances, as well as Nash. The PP needs fixing. Simplify it. Stop trying long outlet passes. Nice short passes, bully your way into the zone. If you can’t, do a dump and chase. Overall, the game was played evenly and a taste of what we might see come playoff time. (Hopefully by then the Rangers will come out on top.)
|Montreal Canadiens||3||vs.||2||New York Rangers|
|Shaw: Goal (8)
Weber: Goal (14) Assist
Price: 28 saves
Radulov: SO goal
Byron: SO Goal
|Lindberg: Goal (3)
Nash: Goal (17)
Lundqvist: 31 saves
Zuccarello: SO Goal
|Third Star: Carey Price
Second Star: Rick Nash
First Star: Shea Weber
Author: @DunnyBabes via Twitter