The Rangers are looking for a win.
According to the NHL, Plekanec's tally was the latest playoff game-tying goal in Canadiens history, beating a Jacques Lemaire goal in 1975 with 24 seconds remaining. It is their experience that will be leaned upon as the Blueshirts try to break their Garden malady, which entered Tuesday at a franchise postseason worst six-game losing streak.
That they did as Lundqvist's counterpart, Carey Price (30 saves), was almost as good but still the second-best goalie with the Rangers creating more havoc around his crease. Though coach Alain Vigneault changed the lineup slightly, inserting the talented 22-year-old rookie forward Pavel Buchnevich as well as bringing back defenseman Nick Holden, the biggest difference was the effort everyone on the Rangers knew they needed to bring if they wanted to come back in this series.
However, turnovers continued to haunt the Canadiens, the first of which was another turnover by the normally reliable Benn when he fanned on a point shot that sent the Rangers the other way on a three on one break that Price and some sloppy passing by NY nullified.
"It wasn't my best", Pacioretty said after Game 4.
"The first period we worked hard", Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. The Rangers left the game with a 3-1 loss and let the Canadiens take the lead of the series 2-1.
The score would hold up, and the Rangers and Canadiens are now tied at two games apiece. "Our mindset is to go out and win a game".
"I can say to that this team right here now defensively are doing a real good job and we need to find an answer to be able to use our skill a little bit more", he said.
But the reversal from NY in Game 4 was tangible.
The game wasn't as physical as the first two games with the Rangers outhitting Montreal 41-31, which reflected the Canadiens' edge in puck possession. "It's a long series, it's a best of [seven], you've got to wear guys down". Patrick Marleau, Marcus Sorensen and David Schlemko also scored for San Jose, Brent Burns had three assists and Martin Jones made 23 saves for his fourth playoff shutout. He picks off a clearing attempt from Kevin Klein, turnstiles him at the blue line, and plays give-and-go with Phillip Danault before undressing Henrik Lundqvist with a ridiculous one-handed deke, all the while fighting off JT Miller with his other hand.
"We knew they had their backs against the wall", Alexander Radulov said.
"MONTREAL â€" The Montreal Canadiens lamented their lack of finish after their Game 1 loss at home against the New York Rangers.
"They're playing very well defensively", said NY coach Alain Vigneault, who added that the Rangers' fourth line of Tanner Glass, Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg has been his best forward combination. "They executed a pretty good game plan". By comparison, Montreal was credited with 29 shots on goal.
Rick Nash's tie-breaking goal early in the second period was the game-winner while Jesper Fast also scored for NY.
Lehkonen's pass reached Radulov, who was battling Brady Skjei in the neutral zone. Canadiens Brandon Davidson followed through with a hit on Michael Grabner after he took a shot on Carey Price.
NY managed to stay aggressive for most of the third period despite protecting a lead. "He did. That's the beauty of sports; you get opportunities and that's what we're going to get [Tuesday]".