The Canadiens got on the scoreboard late in the second period with a power-play goal.
More problematic is that the Rangers aren't just flipping the script, they're actively doing more. The lack of offense from NY is wasting a great performance in net from Henrik Lundqvist. NY had a 12-6 edge in shots and the Canadiens had nine giveaways in the period. Fast had jumped on an Andrei Markov turnover in the far corner, then curled towards the net and shovelled a backhander between Price's legs to give NY its first lead since Game 2. They had some chances, none better than first-period breakaways for Torrey Mitchell and Andrew Shaw, but they fell woefully short. Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov skated into his own zone to retrieve a puck that was dumped in along the boards.
Radulov picked up a goal and an assist and both plays showcased his skill. "Our top players need to find their game". The puck went in the net on the play but the goal was immediately waved off and Nash was assessed a two-minute minor for goalie interference, thereby nullifying the NY power play.
"We're definitely fighting it a little bit, to say the least", NY captain Ryan McDonagh said.
After spending Monday reiterating the importance of playing their brand of hockey, Game 4 was contested at the Rangers' breakneck pace.
The Rangers have their backs against the wall heading into this one as they know they are in deep trouble if they can't get a victory here and would have to win three in a row including two in Montreal. He scored a massive goal early in the second period to put the Rangers up 2-1, and if not for the crossbar, would have buried another in the third period.
Less than a minute later Lundqvist stopped a wrist shot by Paul Byron, and after a giveaway by Chris Kreider, Byron's slap shot was denied by the Rangers' goalie. Nash tucked the puck through Price's legs for the go-ahead goal.
Daily News columnist Pat Leonard did a piece on how the Rangers are a different team for the better when Rick Nash performs. While the scoresheet reflects a Rangers' 2-0 win in Game 1, the Rangers only got one goal past Carey Price. "They're going to come out hard again so we have to play the same way but with more effort and play good as a team". Lundqvist's toughest stops occurred on Brendan Gallagher and Andrew Shaw in the first, and on an Alex Galchenyuk shot in the third where the NY goaltender turned to find the puck alongside the far post.
That means he's finished strong - as the games have gotten tougher.
While Vigneault acknowledged he needs to make some tweaks, he doesn't envision major changes to the focus on speed and transition that made his team successful this season. "The other night was a frustrating one".
The Rangers settled into a tighter checking game from the 10-18 minute marks.
Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber also had goals for the Canadiens.
Just like in Game 3 when they rallied from a 3-1 deficit, the Penguins began roaring back. So far, we've seen a lot of production from players like Tanner Glass, Michael Grabner and Skjei, the rookie d-man who notched a goal in game three. NY prevailed on this night 2-1.
It took 37:37 spanning the first and second periods for either goaltender to be solved. We worked really hard and I felt we had a little more chances but in the end, it's about finding a way to win.
The Canadiens had a flurry of chances after that.
Stats: 30 saves on 32 shots, 2.00 GAA, .938 SV%.
Mitchell equalized seven minutes later with a tap-in off Weber's cross-ice feed to complete a 2 on 1.
"But it's just one game". That was likely the refrain of many fans going into game two but when you come that close to taking a commanding series lead it is demoralizing.