- Henrik Lundqvist on moving on from tonight’s game…“It’s going to be tough for a couple hours but then you have to let it go. That’s part of playing in the playoffs, short memory, and win or lose you have to move on. Again, we did so many good things but it’s about winning, finding ways to win games. We had our chances to put this game away the way we were playing, so we just have to continue, I think, with our game plan. I thought the way we were playing was really good. It’s just that second goal put us in a tough spot. Obviously we came back, then it’s just tough luck on that goal.”
- Brad Richards on tying the game late in the third period…“We were definitely confident. It was a big goal. It’s tough right now, obviously, we went out there with other intentions. That’s the way hockey goes sometimes, but you have to live with it, clear your head up, move on, battle hard the next day and get back to work.”
- Ryan McDonagh on tonight’s game…“I thought for the most part we really competed hard. We put a lot of pucks on the net, which we talked about doing. He (Dustin Tokarski) saw a lot of pucks too, so maybe one thing we can do is take away his eyes. You saw that last game he didn’t see some of the shots. We’ll be shocked here tonight, but obviously we won’t have any let down for the next game. It’s a new series and we feel like we want to get back to playing the strength of our game.”
- Carl Hagelin (5) Tip-in - ASST: Martin St. Louis (7)
- Andrei Markov (1) Snap shot - ASST: Max Pacioretty (5), Brendan Gallagher (6)
- Daniel Brière (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (4), Rene Bourque (2)
- Chris Kreider (3) Tip-in - ASST: Dan Girardi (5), Derek Stepan (8)
- Alex Galchenyuk 1 (Assists: Tomas Plekanec 5, Brian Gionta 5)
- Well now we have a series. Montreal played well in game two and lost and found a way to stay with the Rangers tonight and pick up a win. Give credit to Tokarski who was strong for Montreal.
- I thought the Rangers dominated for most of this game and maybe should have had at least one more in the first period. They were way ahead in shots through two periods, tied in the third, and played well enough to win but didn't. They allowed Montreal to get better as the game went along and didn't put their foot down when they had some chances.
- Brandon Prust is no longer a fan favorite or welcome around MSG. It was a high hit, should have been a penalty but if the principal point of contact isn't the head, he may escape a suspension.
- Dan Carcillo was probably going to come out of the lineup on Sunday anyway, Derick Brassard should be close to returning, but he may get a suspension for his altercation with the official. It depends on how the official rules it but the Rangers may not have the Carcillo option in game four.
- It was going to be really tough for the Rangers to sweep Montreal in this series so having the series now extended to at least a fifth game shouldn't be surprising. Montreal was going to have a chance if their goaltending didn't implode and Tokarski was the best player for them tonight, especially in the first when Montreal was struggling. It's up to the Rangers now to raise their game and go up 3-1 instead of going back to Montreal 2-2 with them carrying the momentum and confidence.
From the Rangers:
- The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, tonight in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one.
- The Blueshirts have posted a 10-7 record in the playoffs this year, including a 4-4 record at home.
- The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. New York has not allowed a power play goal in eight straight playoff games (22 times shorthanded), which is the longest stretch the team has had without giving up a power play goal in the playoffs since a 10-game streak in 1940. The Blueshirts are 30-for-31 (96.8%) on the penalty kill over the last 11 games, and rank third in the NHL on the penalty kill in the playoffs (43-for-50; 86.0%).
- New York outshot Montreal, 37-25, in the contest, including a 14-4 advantage in the first period. The Rangers have recorded at least 30 shots in five out of eight playoff games at Madison Square Garden this year, and have allowed 30 or fewer shots on goal in seven of their eight home playoff games. Sixteen different skaters registered at least one shot on goal for the Rangers.
- The Blueshirts were credited with 26 hits in the game, as five skaters were credited with at least three hits. The Rangers rank second in the NHL – and first in the Eastern Conference – in hits in the playoffs (514; 30.2 hits per game).
- Chris Kreider registered a goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation, recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with two hits in 18:58 of ice time. The goal was Kreider’s second game-tying tally in the final minute of regulation this year (19:38 of the third period on Dec. 7 vs. New Jersey). The Rangers forward tied a playoff career-high with a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span), and has tallied a point in all three games against the Canadiens in the series. Kreider has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games.
- Carl Hagelin tallied the first goal of the game and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal in 17:16 of ice time. The Rangers forward has established playoff career-highs in goals (five) and points (eight) this year. Hagelin has recorded nine points (six goals, three assists) and a plus-six rating in his last 12 playoff contests at Madison Square Garden. Hagelin is tied for the team lead in goals in the playoffs.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in the contest. He has now posted a 10-7 record in the playoffs this year, including a 4-4 mark at home. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader has posted a 5-1 record with a 1.50 GAA and a .953 SV% in his last six games. Lundqvist leads the NHL in wins (10) and SV% (.931), and is tied for first in GAA (1.99) in the playoffs.
- Martin St. Louis recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal in 21:08 of ice time. The Rangers forward extended his point streak to five games (three goals, three assists over the span). St. Louis leads the team in points (12), is tied for second on the team in assists (seven), and ranks third on the team in shots on goal (39) in the playoffs.
- Derek Stepan tallied an assist and recorded two shots on goal in 17:46 of ice time. The Rangers forward extended his assist/point streak to five games (one goal, six assists over the span). Stepan has established playoff career-highs with his five-game assist streak and five-game point streak. He leads the Rangers in assists (eight), is tied for second on the team in points (11), and ranks fourth on the team in shots on goal (38) in the playoffs.
- Dan Girardi recorded an assist, tied for the team-high with five hits, and was credited with two blocked shots in 22:37 of ice time. Girardi ranks second among Rangers defensemen in points (six) and is tied for second among defensemen on the team in assists (five) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman leads the team in blocked shots (47) and hits (55) in the playoffs. Girardi also leads the NHL in blocked shots and fourth in the NHL in hits.
- Brian Boyle won eight of 11 faceoffs (73%) in 13:12 of ice time. The Rangers forward has won 25 of 33 faceoffs (75.8%) in the series.