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Marty St. Louis the hero in Game Four

May 26, 2014, by

Martin St. Louis was the hero in Game Four, roofing the overtime winner to give the Rangers a 3-1 series lead as they head back to Montreal. St. Louis was the hero, but the story of the game was the offensive zone penalties for the Rangers. They took seven (!!) of them, but managed to hold Montreal off on six of them, including a critical one in overtime. Undisciplined play almost doomed the Rangers, but they claimed victory from the jaws of defeat.

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves, beating out Dustin Tokarski’s 26 saves showing that Tokarski’s steal of Game Three was a steal, not the norm. Goals came from Hagelin, Brassard, and MSL for the Rangers, showing that much needed depth. They also played a significant portion of the game without J.T. Miller, who was injured after being cross-checked by Andrei Markov into the post.

On to the goals (no pictures, sorry):

Rangers 1, Habs 0

After Benoit Pouliot took a high sticking penalty, P.K. Subban pinched in from the point on the ensuing face off, backhanding the puck behind the net. Ryan McDonagh stole the pass and chipped it to Brian Boyle. When Subban pinched, Carl Hagelin simply blew past Andrei Markov to the neutral zone, where Boyle hit him with a perfect pass to spring him for a breakaway. Hagelin slid it through Tokarski’s legs for the early lead.

Habs 1, Rangers 0

I wish I had a picture for this, but NBCSN actually did a good job of showing how this wound up as a 2-on-1. Rene Bourque collected the puck on the boards at the defensive blue line for what would have been a 3-on-2, but Anton Stralman came across from center ice to put a hit on Bourque. Bourque took the hit to get the puck to David Desharnais for the 2-on-1 on Marc Staal. Desharnais got the puck to Francis Boullion, who picked the top corner on Hank over his glove.

Rangers 2, Habs 1

The Habs got caught in a bad change, and Dan Girardi hit Derick Brassard behind the defense for a breakaway. Brass wound up and blasted a slap shot over Tokarski. Even if that hit Tokarski, it was taking him into the back of the net. What a pass by Girardi to spring Brassard.

Habs 2, Rangers 2

If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned. This time around, on the sixth powerplay for the Canadiens, Subban finally cashed in on a blast from the point. There wasn’t much to this goal. The Habs moved the puck well, and worked their strategy of getting Subban open for a one-timer from the point. Brendan Gallagher was screening Hank in front on the shot. He may have tipped it, but no one could really tell because it was such a rocket from Subban.

Rangers 3, Habs 2

The Hagelin-Brad Richards-MSL line had a solid shift, as the Habs were unable to clear the zone while MSL just waited on the weak side. Hagelin eventually gained control of the loose puck at the point and hit MSL with a cross-ice pass. MSL was all alone as he walked in on Tokarski, and (FINALLY) beat him high glove side.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

The Rangers held the 5v5 puck possession advantage (and the 5v5 close advantage), and had a pretty sizable margin too. However it didn’t seem like that since they were always taking OZ penalties and on the penalty kill. Despite that, they actually did a good job with the puck possession game.

The Rangers will look to close out the series on Tuesday in Montreal and get some much needed rest. The Western Conference Finals will be a dogfight, so closing the series out quickly is best for New York. It sounds easy, but Monreal isn’t going to roll over. Remember, it was these Rangers that overcame a 3-1 series deficit just last round. The Rangers need to put this team away, and put them away fast.

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30 comments

  1. Walt says:

    3 down, and one to go before the finals! Let’s just get it done tuesday night, and recover from some of the dings, and bruses!!

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      It’s important for the Rangers to finish this series in as few games as possible. 2 series prior went the full 7 and I don’t know if a team has ever won the cup after playing the full 21 games in the playoffs. I don’t know if MTL is gonna let us walk into Canada and send their darlings home for the summer. I personally think our best chance will be in game 6 at home. We play looser on the road but to win 3 in MTL in the playoffs is unheard of.
      I think on Montreals 1st goal. It was Girardi that blew his coverage and went for the puck carrier instead of Strahlman. The BSB guys are great. Have a great Memorial Day everyone.

  2. Bloomer says:

    A lot of the penalties called against the Rangers-high sticks to the face have to called, as they are a dangerous play. The head back embellishment need to stop as it turns the game into a circus act. That was a vicious crosscheck from behind on JT Miller I hope he is ok.

    A great hockey game nonetheless as the Rangers PK is doing a great job and they have outplayed Montreal even strength all series.

  3. Rob says:

    Any update on Carcillo hearing w Bettman?

  4. Gary says:

    Was it just me or was Kevin Klein everywhere last night? Had a few thoughts of DelZotto and had to chuckle remembering him chasing the play around in the defensive zone like a dog chasing a rabbit.

    Hey, just thought I’d let you know we are winning because I have got a legion of Bruins fans staying up late and rooting for the Rangers. Seriously, I am from Boston. Even ran into a young lady at the doctor’s office who saw my Rangers hat and began hockey talking me. I go “are you a Rangers fan?” and she goes “no, a big time Bruins fan but I am a Rangers fan now”.

    You’ve got to love the power utter hatred.

    • Scully says:

      Klein played a GREAT game. I said it on the game thread that I love how simple and effective his game is.

      Love that Bruins fans are cheering for us. Love the Milbury is in our corner. It’s awesome when fans that normally would hate us hate the Canadiens team that much more.

      Also Klein and Moore might be one of the top 3 3rd defensive pairings in the league. How many other bottom 3 defensive pairings could give you 15 minutes a night without losing anything substantial?

  5. Leatherneckinlv says:

    I loved Marty’s response and attitude,,,”No, this is out time”…that was brilliant and a good sign as well as him saying…”No we must close it in Montreal”….I agree close it boys.

  6. wwpd says:

    I caught up with a Montreal fan during the game while I couldn’t watch it here is what he had to say “yeah one of your guys is out now because he tried to run Tokarski again like kreider did but this time he missed”

  7. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    Things have been going right for the Rangers. I saw a tweet that had a chart of the NYR last 10 games. They’ve had a steady decline in possession but have been playing well above their 82 game avg PDO of 100.00. They shot at about 7.9%. In the playoffs they’re shooting at 9.3%. PDO is at about 102. The puck is bouncing in their favor. The team got bailed out in a big way by the PK last night. As long as they stay possitive they’re a better team than MTL. They are getting the puck to bounce their way.

    • Walt says:

      Sometimes you have to create your own luck. Keep shooting at the net, you may get lucky and score!!

      In all the years I never recall disliking Montreal like I did Boston in the 60’s, and 70’s, Chicago in the early 70’s Filthadelphia forever, and the Pens with Mario Le Wimp, and Cindy girl. This series I’ve developed such a dislike for them, and their coach, I just want the fourth win, sending these clowns home crying!!!!!!!

      • Scully says:

        Agreed! And… as much as I’ve always hated the Flyers. I’ll always hate Mario’s Penguins that much more. (Except Ron Francis because he was a class act).

        • Scully says:

          I’m also only 27 though. My first year as a fan was the 1992-93 team that collapsed down the stretch and lost like 10 of 11.

          • Walt says:

            We won’t hold your age against you son!!

            The good thing about being young is that your heart hasn’t been broken too many times over the years from this team. Let’s hope this isn’t one of those seasons!!

            As for Ron Francis, yes is is a class act, and will always be. Also Jagr was on those teams, but I kind of liked him then, he has always been a great talent!!

      • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

        They didn’t get to this point in the season by giving up. I’m sure you know that but the Rangers play well on the road. They aren’t gonna give the Canadiens life. It’ll be a tough game I’m sure but I’d expect our chance will be in game 6 at home. To win 3 in MTL would have lynch mobs chasing Terrien. He knows that and will be pulling out all the stops.

  8. joe719 says:

    There is a feeling around this team. I can’t really put my finger on it, but you sense a level of professionalism and composure that we are not used to seeing from this Organization. Even when the ice seems tilted, and Girardi can’t clear the puck worth a damn; nobody seems to panic. The next thing you know, Hank is saving their ass, and they come down the ice on an odd man rush and get a shot on goal. Nothing seems to bother them. Injuries, penalties, cheap shots, biased refs; its all just part of the process. Even the young guys show levels of composure that is so unexpected; which is why this run to the Finals is soooo much fun to watch. They’re almost there, but not quite. Tomorrow night will be a WAR. If you thought the refs were bad last night; wait until faceoff in Montreal. The whining and crying that is probably already going on will reach a new level of pathetic-ness. Still. this team will withstand it; win or lose. I really think they believe it is their time. I know Hank does. These playoffs, IMO, are his statement on his career. ‘Yeah, I’m good.’ You think I can’t win it all; just watch!’ They have 3 chances to end it; Tuesday would be nice. If not, then the next game. After watching the Habs come off the ice last night, I think they can hear the fat lady clearing her throat.

    • Scully says:

      I agree 100%. MSL’s postgame comments to Pierre McGuire echoed that “this is our effin’ time” sentiment.

      I also believe that this is Glen Sather’s final masterpiece. For years now he’s heard that he only won in the 1980s because of the amount of star power on his Oilers teams (as if he didn’t draft and sculpt THE greatest (Gretzky), arguably the 2nd greatest (Messier) and some of the other greatest players of all time – Anderson, Lowe, Fuhr, Kurri). Even here in NYC with as much flack as he still gets for his pre-04 lockout run as GM with people calling for his head as recently as after Game 4 against Pittsburgh. I’m not saying he’s retiring after this season, but how sweet would that victory cigar be for him if he, much like Messier honestly, wins one with the Rangers.

      Sather has built a team of homegrown lunchpail guys with the right skills, varied acquired stars like Nash and St. Louis, previously considered draft busts like Pouliot, J. Moore, and Brassard, and cast offs like Dorsett, Carcillo, D. Moore, hell even Boyle. He’s given them a coach that keeps them calm and honest and tells them “go play boys and have fun.” Carcillo’s generally good games where he’s chipped in offense showcase AV’s sentiment without even having to say it. It’s all backed by the best goalie in hockey. When we’re healthy, we run one of the deepest, relentlessly fast teams in the league at guys with the right kind of breakout and forecheck system to showcase their speed and skill. EVERYONE on this team has average to elite speed and average to elite skills of some kind.

      That game last night was making me sick because I felt like the penalties we took were taking us out of rhythm and we’d wind up having to go back to Montreal 2-2. But, everything you said above rings true. AV makes no excuses. MSL makes no excuses. Brassard was fired the hell up. You can’t even see that slap shot unless it’s on slow-mo.

      I said above that I started following the Rangers in the 1992-93 season when I was 7. They won the cup the next year. As a kid that was great. I remember laughing at my uncle who cried when they won the cup. I didn’t understand. You don’t really appreciate it until you watch 80 games of struggle for the next 20 years, including 8 losing seasons in a row where nothing worked – Campbell, Muckler, Ron Lowe, Trottier etc… This Montreal team is wining and crying and we’re just going about our business. I couldn’t be happier and prouder to be a Rangers fan right now. The national and Canadian media doesn’t understand how we’re here right now. I hope they keep questioning right until the time we raise a cup above our heads.

      #AboveandBeyond

      • Gary says:

        Great comment post kid! 😉

      • Fotiu is God says:

        Scully, from a journalist-documentarian whose family have been Blue Seaters since the 70s, nice job.

        I appreciate not only the big pullback look, but the analogies and personal insights you presented in your post.

        This is a special group Slats has assembled, and AV and staff have managed. I think they’re sensing The Moment. The Magic of it all.

        Let’s win it on their ice. For the poignancy. For the triumphant punctuation.

      • Walt says:

        NICE!!!!!!!!

      • Chris F says:

        Scully,

        I can completely relate to your experience. I’m 28, 8 years old when the Rangers took the Cup in ’94. Just old enough to have some clear memories of that historic moment in franchise history, but still too young to fully appreciate the achievement or have much of an emotional understanding of that run.

        I do recall my dad and two older brothers going wild in celebration. And I recall my baby sister screaming in terror at the 54 year release of frustration my father let out. But, it unfortunately didn’t have as much meaning for me. But it piqued my love for the Rangers and I’ve been a fan ever since. Through the dashed hopes of the late 90s, into the embarrassment of the early 2000s, to the mild respectability and excitement brought about during the post-lockout Jagr/Lundqvist years.

        I am most fond of the Dubinsky / Callahan years, as that was the team I had the most hope in in my 20 years of fandom. The 2012 run to the Conference Finals was really the first time I felt this team could win a Cup. It was a storybook run, packed with the type of unlikely heroes and comeback wins that you dream of one day looking back on and saying ‘I was there.’ But, alas, hopes were dashed.

        After last year’s disappointing flame out and the firing of Tortorella I feared I was in for another 5 years of waiting for this organization to restructure. I’m beginning to slightly comprehend what it must have felt like being a pre-’94 fan.

        But, here we are. May 2014. Pretty much the same team as last year. 1 win from the Finals.

        I can taste it. The Rangers can taste it. We all can taste it. What great moments are left to come, we can only imagine?

        • Scully says:

          Like Messier said when he came here in 1992… Don’t be afraid to talk about it! If we win one more game we can chant it…

          W* W*** T** C**

  9. Chris F says:

    Hagelin is skating better than he’s ever skated in his career. It’s amazing what an opportunity at the Cup can do for motivation.

    So many players elevating their level of play right now, St Louis, Boyle, Hank, Klein, Hagelin.

    Very good signs!

    • Gary says:

      Hags… man, he’s simply dimentional (ref: some scouts description of McD).

      • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

        Hagelin has come up huge and with all his speed and skating ability. He’s learning how to score some goals in the pros. What’s his Goals per game in the playoffs as opposed to the same stat in the regular season? Without looking I’m sure it’s way up.
        I just wanna see this team compete for the cup. I don’t know how it will turn out against the 2 best in the West. Tho we were 3-1 in 4 GP against LA & Chi in the regular season. LGR!!!!

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      It’s funny you mention Hagelin. He seemed to be the forgotten in all the comotion leading to this point. He’s had a great playoffs. I personally didn’t think he’d remain with the Rangers as long as he has. Now it seems like AV is using him more as a weapon for offense. Even though he isn’t putting up the possession stats he did under Torts. He was almost sub human under Torts in Corsi & Fenwick. Under AV he was used more as a threat with his speed. He didn’t put up the Stats I thought he would with a possession coach.
      He deserves the heads up you just gave him. He’s getting some very tough mins in the middle of our lineup.

      • Chris F says:

        He’s always been a pesky, tenacious little forechecker with great speed. Production wise, though, I’ve always wanted to see a little more from him considering his possession stats that you mention.

        This playoff run, though, his speed has just been explosive and they’re using him for quick lightning strikes and it’s been incredibly effective.

        I was toying with the idea of trading him this summer and trying to bring in a big body net presence for the second line, but Hags is making me second guess that suggestion. We’re not where we are right now without him.

  10. Fl Swarty says:

    Just one question? How is everone liking the trade now? He’s a class guy and an awesome hockey player. And he is a winner. Pretty much what I said the day it went down.

  11. Chris F says:

    Anyone know if MSG is hosting viewing sessions of Rangers playoff away games?