Friday, May 23, 2014

More Home-Ice Disadvantage

The Montreal Canadiens had their backs up against the wall going into Game Three, heading into enemy territory, but they stayed composed and kept the Rangers in check.  There were some hairy moments, but the Habs got the job done, taking a 3-2 overtime victory out of Madison Square Gardens, climbing back into the series.

Montreal went down in the 1st period to a Carl Hagelin goal, but followed it up, early in the 2nd period, when Andrei Markov scored his first goal of these playoffs, tying up the game.  The game remained tight, looked destined for overtime in the 3rd period, but not before a scrambled play saw Daniel Briere bank one off Ryan McDonagh, giving the Habs a late lead with only three minutes to go.  One good bank deserved another, as Chris Kreider deflected a shot back to the middle of the crease, deflecting of Aleksey Emelin's skate and in behind Dustin Tokarski with only 29 seconds left, ultimately sending the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, it didn't take long for the Habs to strike again, as the overtime only lasted 72 seconds with an Alex Galchenyuk goal, as the puck deflected off his chin and in behind Henrik Lundqvist for the winner.

Galchenyuk, taken once in the pool, was the only notable pool player in the game, scoring the winner and coming away with his first 2 points of the playoffs in only his second game.

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