The New York Rangers are one victory away from moving on to the second round of the playoffs after coming from behind to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime. It was another tight playoff game that saw Henrik Lundqvist make 34 saves for New York and Carey Price made 33.
Check out Blueshirt Bullet Points for exclusive quotes and tidbits from the victory. Now here is a look at the victory from the lens of Game Score.
1.) Henrik Lundqvist | 1.90
The Rangers went down 1-0 and 2- 1 during the course of the evening, and Hank was a huge difference maker between the pipes. The Blueshirts’ future hall of fame netminder was sensational again in a game in which his margin for error was a lone goal. All of the people who called Lundqvist washed up have been seemingly quiet during the first round, and that’s because the King has been their best player.
2.) Mika Zibanejad | 1.54
Zibanejad’s first playoff as a Ranger got off to a poor start, but he’s admittedly gotten better with each game played. Thursday against Montreal he looked very comfortable and it showed on the ice.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 21, 2017
Zibanejad scored the game-winning goal, added an assist and three shots on goal in addition to blocking four shots. The one negative was a 5v5 Corsi differential of -9, but it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
3.) Rick Nash | 1.46
Nash continues to be the Blueshirts’ best forward of the playoffs. Against the Habs he tallied an assist, eight shots on goal and 5v5 Corsi differential of -1. Montreal’s defense doesn’t seem to have an answer for him, and he continues to pound his way into the paint.
4.) Jesper Fast | 1.33
The Rangers’ speedy two-way forward scored his second goal in as many games vs. Montreal. Fast finished with three shots on goal and a 5v5 Corsi differential of +7.
5.) Jimmy Vesey | 1.10
Vesey had a rough end to the season for New York but has picked up his play in the playoffs. The Rangers’ rookie finished his evening with an assist, two shots on goal, a blocked shot and a 5v5 Corsi differential of +1. He continues to impress and be a factor on a line with Nash.
Game 6 will take place on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden