The New York Rangers lost to the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first round to fall behind in the series 2-1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 17:37 MON Artturi Lehkonen (power play); Assists: Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec
- 7:42 MON Shea Weber (power play); Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov
- 15:35 MON Radulov; Assist: Phillip Danault
- 17:04 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Kevin Klein, Mika Zibanejad
- After two games where neither team did anything with them, special teams played a big part in tonight's game. Montreal found ways to score on their opportunities and the Rangers didn't on theirs. The second one was insult to injury as it seems as if not only were the Rangers going to kill off the 4 minute PP, it sure looked like Rick Nash was going to draw his own penalty before the puck went the other way and, in a sequence you could see coming 10 miles away, Montreal scored.
- The Rangers had some excellent isolated chances throughout the game and that was mostly it. They couldn't sustain anything in the offensive zone, seemed discombobulated, couldn't complete a pass and were severely lacking in execution all night.
- Montreal deserves credit for how they defended but it sure seemed like the Rangers made it easy for them. They turned pucks over, made poor decisions and never found that level of urgency. They seemed to play Montreal's game and didn't seem to make many adjustments when it sure looked like some were needed, especially going to the third.
- I don't think this series is over, not with how Henrik Lundqvist is playing, but the Rangers need to find, at least, two levels higher to play at, especially with the puck.
The two teams will play Game 4 of the series Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.