In their first home playoff game after splitting the first two on the road with the Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic Division Semifinals, the Blueshirts turned in a lifeless, listless performance in a 3-1 defeat that was nowhere near as close as the score would indicate.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian scored short-handed goals to help the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks, levelling their first-round series at one game apiece.
Lundqvist has been stellar in the series with a 1.89 goals-against average and a.944 save percentage.
"We had stretches where they came really hard and made it tough for us", Lundqvist said. "But we did a great job of defending and not giving them much".
"We didn't have a very good second period, that's what hurt us the most", said coach Claude Julien. A few tweaks for Game 4 at Madison Square Garden are in store for what could be the turning point night in the series.
Nash gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead early in the second. "With Pavel there or Pavel not there, we've looked at a couple of areas and we've got to execute and that's what we're going to do". The Habs can be easily frustrated, as seen in game one of the series, and NY needs to take advantage of this.
Radulov added an insurance goal in the third period with some fancy stick work that ended when he pushed the puck past Lundqvist with one hand.
Radulov's forehand-backhand goal with 4:25 left increased Montreal's lead to 3-0.
The Rangers, who gave up the tying goal with 18 seconds left in the third period of Game 2 before losing in overtime, stopped Montreal in the final minutes in this one.
"I thought Alex had a real good game", Julien said to Sportsnet.
Montreal Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen, right, reacts after scoring during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in New York. "I think we're excited, kind of champing at the bit here to get after it tonight".
"They threw a lot of pucks at our net, but I don't think there were too many chances". You have to play physical to win and there's little space this time of year. Price kicked away a chance by Marc Staal, trailing the play and Ryan McDonagh shot wide past the post, and Price then stopped Grabner from the right circle at 2:45. "There can be four more games".
The chippiness continued in the second, with punches, shoves and slashes after the whistle until a brawl involving all 10 skaters erupted at 7:05, which resulted in a Habs power play.
One thing is for sure, we are in for an absolute battle the rest of the way.
Defenseman Shea Weber was there in Nashville, and he was asked what's different about Radulov this time around. It was his second goal of the series.
New York's giveaways - oddly Montreal was only credited with six takeaways in Game 3 - and inability to sustain offensive pressure allowed the Canadiens to counterattack.
Brady Skjei spoiled Price's shutout bid with 2:56 remaining for his first career playoff goal.
"It's good but it's a best-of seven-series", Canadiens winger Alexander Radulov said.