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The Rangers came back twice from one-goal deficits before winning on a Mika Zibanejad goal more than 14 minutes into overtime in Montreal.
Bottling up and frustrating the game’s top players becomes the focus of opposing coaches, defenses and even offensive leaders.
Anaheim will face Edmonton or San Jose in the second round of the playoffs.
A 2-1 victory over Montreal in Game 4 was a product of the speed and puck- control game the Rangers displayed in Game 1, and it left the teams’ first-round playoff series tied at two games each.
In a closely fought content, the Rangers ended a six-game postseason losing streak at Madison Square Garden by defeating the Canadiens.
Blown leads, overtime games and unlikely stars have been the hallmarks of the opening round of Stanley Cup action.
The Rangers, trailing the Canadiens in the series, 2-1, have scored only six goals so far and need to snap out of their home-ice malaise on Tuesday.
Henrik Lundqvist was solid in goal, but got little help as the Canadiens rode two power-play goals to a 3-1 win at Madison Square Garden and a 2-1 lead in the teams’ first-round playoff series.
Pierre McGuire, who originated the “Inside the Glass” role on NBC, is broadcasting eight games in eight days in six cities to open the playoffs.
The best road team in the N.H.L. continues its playoff series at Madison Square Garden, where the crowd noise hits impressive levels only on occasion.
The Montreal Canadiens evened their first-round playoff series with the Rangers at one game apiece with a late regulation goal and an overtime winner.
Justine Blainey-Broker opened the doors for girls and boys to play together. She said the American players’ bid for better pay shows progress must still be made.
Atkinson, who said he had been told repeatedly that he was too small to make it in hockey, sent Columbus into the playoffs on a high note.
The team hired Gerard Gallant, most recently the head coach of the Florida Panthers, who fired him on Nov. 28 after they stumbled to an 11-10-1 start.
Lundqvist made 31 saves and Tanner Glass provided all the support he needed with a first-period goal against the Canadiens in Montreal.
Goals contributed by players like Jay Beagle, a fourth-line center, will make the difference. That’s the hope, anyway.
Weight, who became the team’s interim coach in January, was 24-12-4 and nearly led the team to the N.H.L. playoffs.
The postseason begins Wednesday, and there will be several interesting clashes early on, including the Penguins-Blue Jackets series.
N.H.L. teams put thought into five-on-six situations, preparing for them while protecting a lead or playing from behind. But finding time to practice their strategies can be difficult.
The Rangers lost all three meetings this season with the Canadiens, who will host a playoff opener Wednesday at Bell Centre.