New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 4/18/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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WATCH: Rangers goalie Lundqvist chases Canadiens' Pacioretty away from net to protect 1-goal lead

NY had a 12-6 edge in shots and the Canadiens had nine giveaways in the period. The Habs won, 4-3, despite Lundqvist's world-class goaltending.

Lundqvist said it was an odd feeling when Weber launched his rocket.

April 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) (not pitured) scores a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) as defenseman Nick Holden (22) defends during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre.

The best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final is tied 1-1 with Game 3 set for Sunday night in NY. "There's no secret - he has one of the hardest shots in the league". "There is no secret, he has one of the hardest shots in the league and there's not many guys from the blue line who can beat you when you see it".

"It's a good shot, but luckily it hit the post". But, more so, they desperately needed themselves.

In the National Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens have edged past the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime at the Bell Center in the Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

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. We had to chip pucks out.

"In the playoffs, teams make adjustments and we have to be ready for the next game", Julien said.

"We can't afford any weak links and we didn't have any tonight". Establishing time in Montreal's zone limited the Canadiens' chances of gaining any sort of offensive momentum. Finishing your check is a good play, but not at the expense of ceding control of the blue line. Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov skated into his own zone to retrieve a puck that was dumped in along the boards.

The Montreal Canadiens will look to head back to Montreal with a 3-1 lead in Game 4 of their series with the New York Rangers. For their part, the Canadiens jumped from 22.73 hits per night during the season to 45.66 in the first-round matchup. It was his first career PGA major tournament victory.

"It's no secret we've been really disappointed with the way thing have been going at home the past two years in the playoffs", said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who finished with 23 saves for the Rangers. They also failed to capitalize on at least two breakaways and one partial attempt. We got a little bit frustrated.

"The team that just worries about the next shot is the team that normally ends up on top", Pacioretty said. "That's still tough. They've still got a lot of players over there, and the way they throw pucks at the net, it's challenging".

"We can't afford to have two sub-par games in a row", McDonagh said beforehand. "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". He argues decision-making occurs in a loop and by processing that loop faster than your opponent, you can effectively cut them off and get ahead. The Russian winger has five points in the first three games of the series. That probably won't change in Montreal on Thursday night.

Jesper Fast also scored for NY.

The Rangers have a core of experienced playoff players, such as Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider, and all of these players need to take charge.

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