Thursday, December 14, 2017
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St. Louis puts Rangers on Cup final verge

NEW YORK — Marty St. Louis put the Rangers within one win of the Stanley Cup final, scoring 6:02 into overtime to give them a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final Sunday night.

A loose puck came to St. Louis, alone in the right circle, and he fired a snap shot over goalie Dustin Tokarski's shoulder. It was his fourth career OT goal, tying him for most among active players with the Sharks' Patrick Marleau, the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane and the Devils' Jaromir Jagr, ESPN Stats and Information said.

For the shot, St. Louis went glove side though Tokarski had foiled him every previous time he had done that in the game. "You got to trust what you see," St. Louis said.

Carl Hagelin put the Rangers in front with a shorthanded goal in the first period, and Derick Brassard made it 2-1 in the second. Hagelin also assisted on St. Louis' goal.

Francis Bouillon tied it in the second, and P.K. Subban made it 2-2 in the third with a power-play goal, Montreal's first in the series. The Canadiens had been 0-for-14 on the power play.

From the aftermath of the Rangers' Game 3 overtime loss to the drop of the puck in Game 4, the simmering animosity born in a Game 1 injury to Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and a Game 3 broken jaw to the Rangers' Derek Stepan boiled over in the form of verbal warfare.

Two days of sniping, grousing and verbal volleying, two days of accusations, objections and recriminations set the stage for a tight, physical Game 4. The teams played to the tune of a tight whistle, with the Rangers ultimately surviving eight penalties, most in the offensive zone.

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First Period1, NYR, Hagelin 6 (Boyle, McDonagh), 7:18 (sh). PenaltiesGorges, Mon (holding), 1:37; Miller, NYR (interference), 4:09; Pouliot, NYR (high-sticking), 7:06; D.Moore, NYR (cross-checking), 9:28.

Second Period2, Mont, Bouillon 2 (Desharnais, Re.Bourque), 8:08. 3, NYR, Brassard 5 (Girardi, Lundqvist), 19:04. PenaltiesMarkov, Mon (tripping), 1:19; Nash, NYR (high-sticking), 2:41; Markov, Mon (roughing), 9:26; Boyle, NYR (roughing), 9:26; Boyle, NYR (high-sticking), 15:07; Subban, Mon (tripping), 16:50.

Third Period4, Mont, Subban 5 (Markov, Desharnais), 2:00 (pp). PenaltiesD.Moore, NYR (tripping), :32; Richards, NYR (tripping), 2:59. Overtime5, NYR, St. Louis 6 (Hagelin, Richards), 6:02. PenaltiesPouliot, NYR (holding stick), :30. Shots on GoalMont 11-5-8-5—29. NYR 9-11-6-3—29. Power-play opportunitiesMont 1 of 8; NYR 0 of 3. GoaliesMont, Tokarski 1-2-0 (29 shots-26 saves). NYR, Lundqvist 11-7-0 (29-27). A18,006 (18,006). T3:04. Referees—Dave Jackson, Dan O'Rourke. LinesmenShane Heyer, Jonny Murray.

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