The New York Rangers played with fire but were able to escape with a win in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
New York gave up eight power-play advantages to the Montreal Canadiens over the course of the game, including one early in overtime. They gave up one power-play goal and surrendered a third-period lead, but emotional leader Martin St. Louis was able to capitalize on a Montreal breakdown in the defensive zone to score the winner at 6:02 of overtime.
The Canadiens had their chances. They got stronger as the game went on and were backed up by outstanding goaltending from rookie Dustin Tokarski, who is finding his sea legs after being thrust into the spotlight to replace the injured Carey Price.
Though the Rangers were without injured Derek Stepan, they got a lift from the return of Derick Brassard, who missed two games after being injured early in the first game of the series. Brassard scored his team's second goal late in the second period on a breakaway slapshot and dominated in the faceoff circle all night.
The win gives the Rangers a chance to close out the series when they return to Montreal for Game 5 on Tuesday, and gets them closer to the Stanley Cup than they've been since they won the trophy in 1994.
Final score: New York Rangers 3 - Montreal Canadiens 2 (OT)
New York Rangers lead best-of-seven series 3-1
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