Max Pacioretty: Max Pacioretty has 1A in four playoff games

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Friday

Max Pacioretty: Max Pacioretty has 1A in four playoff games

In Game 1, Zuccarello had two shots on goal, two hits, and two penalty minutes. He made some good plays with the puck.

And now their series against Montreal is even.

"We're playing a very good team", Pacioretty said. "They wanted to compete, wanted to battle and wanted the puck on their sticks".

With their 3-1 loss in Game 3, the Rangers have now dropped six straight at home in the playoffs, dating to the 2015 Eastern Conference finals.

"We needed this win for the series but also moving forward".

The Canadiens, meanwhile, just want to continue doing the things that have brought them success, no matter who the Rangers have in their lineup for Game 4.

"He seemed real good before the game". "It's a long series, it's a best of [seven], you've got to wear guys down". Game 4 goes Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

"We're not overthinking this game, we know our strengths, we know what we need to do to win and our whole focus is on that", Montreal head coach Claude Julien said. The Rangers were 2:56 from being blanked in Game 3, and that is the team's only goal in their past 143 minutes. "We worked really hard until the end, made some big plays, made blocks when we had to". We felt like we had to play our best here to get this win and go back to Montreal with a tied series.

Unfortunately, a few minutes after the Rangers goal, the Canadiens converted on a 2-on-1 rush and tied the game at 1-1.

He kept the Rangers from falling behind early on as he stopped Andrew Shaw on a breakaway midway through the first period. They attacked consistently and while they sat back somewhat while protecting a one-goal lead in the third period, they did enough to force a slew of Canadiens icings while clogging the neutral zone.

The Canadiens tied it late in the period.

"You think you earned it, but tonight we did".

The Gazette's Pat Hickey did a story on how the Habs' sloppy second period proved costly in Game 4. "There were a couple of chances where we got pucks to the net and the rebounds were sitting there, and we have to dig a little deeper to come up with those second chances".

NY got the victor in the second when Rick Nash's backhand in tight beat Montreal goaltender Carey Price at 4:28.

"It was a great play by Ryan McDonagh to find me going to the net". "I was trying to go to the net all night and trying to cause some chaos". Montreal had some good chances in the first, but after that we controlled the game. Logan Couture and captain Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks, who turned the tables on the Oilers with a shutout of their own after being blanked in back-to-back games themselves.

The Rangers' returning players need to step up also.

The seven goals the Sharks scored were their most this season, including the regular season.

Blue Jackets 5, Penguins 4 • Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist and host Columbus held on to beat Pittsburgh, avoiding a sweep in the series.

2nd Star: Shea Weber - Weber set up Torrey Mitchell for the Canadiens only goal and was solid all night on the back end. They're only focusing on playing better in Game 4 to try to even their first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens. He consistently got to the blue paint and provided maximum effort across 200 feet of ice throughout his 16:31 of ice time.

In Game 3, the Rangers failed to generate offense, only putting 21 shots on goal; Montreal registered 29.

Hornqvist struck for Pittsburgh during a power play 6:43 in the second. They had re-invented the wheel and teams were adjusting to them.

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