Rangers vs. Canadiens: An evenly matched series heads back to Montreal for Game 5

Posted by    |    April 20th, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price have been up to the task with save percentages over .940.

On Tuesday, the Rangers proved they can win a playoff game at home.

A better offensive effort in Game 4 translated to their first home playoff win in seven games, a losing streak that stretched back to the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. The 2-1 win evened their series with the Canadiens, who they’ll now have to face in Montreal for Game 5 on Thursday.

What we learned in Game 4

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The Rangers offense is back. After sitting back on their heels for just 21 shots in Game 3, New York outpaced the Canadiens with 32 shots on Thursday. It’s hard enough to beat Carey Price, but Rick Nash’s game-winner was the result of getting a puck to the front of the net and letting your talented guys do the rest.

Key player in Game 5

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Alexander Radulov. The Canadiens’ forward has six points in this series, and two of Montreal’s eight goals in round one. Radulov has at least a point in the Canadiens’ last three games, and Montreal will likely need more of his aggressive style to beat Henrik Lundqvist.

What will decide Thursday night’s game?

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The goaltenders. Outside of a rambunctious seven-goal Game 2, this series has been defined by its goaltenders. Lundqvist was the victor in Game 4, but both him and Price share a very similar save percentage, .944 for the former vs. .942 for the latter.

Who takes home Game 5?

The Canadiens. Montreal’s offense gets aggressive once again and the series swings back in the Canadiens’ favor once more.