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Zibanejad's OT goal lifts Rangers past Canadiens 3-2

Skjei became the first Rangers rookie defenseman with two playoff goals since Brian Leetch had three in 1989.

Many thought the Montreal Canadiens had an easy path to the Eastern Conference Finals. Millsap led the Hawks with 29 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and five assists as Atlanta dismantled Washington 116-98 to trim the Wizards' lead to 2-1. That's just one more than the team in front of him could muster.

"It definitely feels like a wasted opportunity here", said Pacioretty. The Habs found the back of the net only 11 times in six games against the Rangers - a record low for the franchise in a six-game playoff series.

There is still a strong foundation in place for the Canadiens to be back next year.

"We were anxious. I'm not going to lie to you. But the chances were there". Alex Galchenyuk also didn't score. Others, such as Dwight King, Andreas Martinsen and Steve Ott - all of whom joined the team at the trade deadline - may not figure in the team's future plans. But they allowed only 113 shots over the final four games, which included an extended overtime in Game 5. Take one more shot with him and risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season?

Bergevin believed the Canadiens would have made the playoffs a year ago if goalie Carey Price hadn't suffered a season-ending knee injury in November - and he's probably right.

Montreal had a power play near the midway mark of the period but weren't able to generate a whole lot aside from a Tomas Plekanec chance. Lundqvist was simply better, with a.947 save percentage and a 1.70 GAA.

"His motivation is to try and win a playoff series and win each game".

Round 1 of the 2017 NHL Playoffs is nearly complete, and for the Calgary Flames it already is, but this year is proving to be one of the most interesting and action-packed in recent history.

"It was a close series and the undoing was that they scored more than we did because they were all one-goal games", Julien said.

It has been five years since Bergevin selected Galchenyuk with the No. 3 pick at the National Hockey League draft and the Canadiens still haven't figured out what to do with him.

NY won the pivotal Game 5 in Montreal on Thursday, 3-2 in OT.

Shaw will be joined in the press box by defenceman Nathan Beaulieu, who will serve as a healthy scratch.

Julien might have been thinking of Pacioretty when he said: "We had offence, we lacked finish". With the goalie pulled, the Canadiens were still stymied by New York's defence and then Derek Stepan added an empty netter with less than 20 seconds to go to seal the game and the series victory. As that cleared up, Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty and NY rookie Jimmy Vesey dropped gloves and exchanged punches. Regardless of the outcome, Pacioretty's move fueled the fire in the bellies of his teammates, sparking the momentum they needed to control the pace of the first period and eventually strike first. "It wasn't planned or anything".

"I said before the playoffs started (that) I felt like this was our best chance that we've had", Brendan Gallagher said.

"I felt like we kept getting off to good starts and then they started taking it to us and we were just sitting back on our heels", Gallagher said. The Rangers won three straight games for the first time since mid-February.

-Hopping on another prior note, when we find out who the Rangers play in the next round, don't jump to look at history. But Canadiens fans are used to that by now.

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