New York Rangers win Game 5 of the 1st Round in Montreal, 3-2 in OT.
The Rangers vs. Montreal Game 5 was scheduled to start at ~7pm eastern but apparently no one told the Rangers. The puck was dropped and the Blueshirts looked EXTREMELY lifeless. They couldn’t complete more than 2 passes in a row and they barely could get out of their own zone for a majority of the first frame. The Canadiens scored a goal on a wraparound caused by Staal turning the puck over behind the net. This was one that Henrik should’ve had (maybe), but he honestly looked extremely uncomfortable in the first period. He was fighting the puck for all 20 minutes and it was alarming and concerning to everyone. Then a little later, the Canadians were given a Power Play which Mika Zibanejad set up Jesper Fast for a SWEET short-handed goal. Fast was on his way to the ice when he slipped the puck through Price’s five-hole (seems to be his kryptonite)… 1-1. But as the PP was winding down, the Canadiens retook the lead. 2-1 after the first 20 minutes. Another note from this period was Andrew Shaw and Brendan Smith fighting after there was another pileup on Hank in the crease. Thankfully Smith was taking none of Shaw’s crap tonight.
The Rangers continued their lackadaisical play for a majority of the 2nd period but they picked up steam when Rick Nash drove to the net (again) and created a nice rebound opportunity for Brady Skjei for his 2nd goal of the playoffs. Somehow, someway, the Blueshirts were tied 2-2. This gave the team some hope moving forward. The teams were deadlocked for the rest of the 2nd and for the entire 3rd period. The few players that stood out all game for New York Rangers were on the 4th line, Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich. The rest of the team was MIA which gave many fans concern.
Aside from the players… the referees were once again AWFUL in this game. They kept “missing” calls left and right. Smith and Nash were again getting mugged all game, Oscar Lindberg was hit high with an elbow from Shaw and he had to leave the game for a little while, due to the leagues concussion protocol. Luckily Lindberg returned as he was very important to the Rangers in this game even though he didn’t get on the score sheet. These refs really need to be evaluated closely by the league…they were terrible.
At the start of Overtime…the Rangers quickly put the pedal to the metal and started flying. Majority of the play was in the Canadiens’ zone. Chris Kreider AND Zuccarello came dangerously close to ending the game, but could not beat Price. Kreider whiffed on a shot at the doorstep but he redeemed himself with ~5 minutes left in the first OT when he had his shot deflected right to Zibanejad who was racing to the net. Zibanejad quickly got his stick on the ice and put the puck past Price for the win.
Game 6 will be on Saturday night at 8pm eastern. Lets go Rangers!
|New York Rangers
|Fast: Playoff goal (2)
Zibanejad: Playoff Goal OT (1) Playoff assist
Skjei: Playoff Goal (2)
Nash: Playoff assist
Vesey: Playoff assist
Kreider: Playoff assist
Lundqvist: 34 Saves
|Lehkonen: Playoff Goal (2) Playoff assist
Beaulieu: Playoff assist
Galchenyuk: Playoff assist
Gallagher: Playoff Goal (1)
Markov: Playoff assist
Price: 33 Saves
|Third Star: Henrik Lundqvist
Second Star: Brendan Gallagher
First Star: Mika Zibanejad