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VIDEO: Canadiens, Rangers trade goals off defenders late in game

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

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Just when you thought Game 3 couldn't get any weirder, the last three minutes happened. The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers each benefited with late goals off of an opposing defenseman to send the third set of this seven-game series to overtime.

Danny Briere, playoff extraordinaire, battled at the side of the Rangers net and got just enough of the puck to get it to the front of the net. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was on his way to the ice to try and protect the net, but lost control a bit and ended up pushing the puck into his own net to give the Habs a late 2-1 lead.

It seemed like the Canadiens were going to steal one in New York. Chris Kreider had other ideas, however.

With less than a minute to play and the Rangers utilizing the extra attacker with Henrik Lundqvist pulled, Kreider came through for the Rangers once again in this series with a big goal.

The Rangers did a fantastic job working the puck around the Habs' zone, forcing Montreal to get moving. Kreider positioned himself at the net front. As Dan Girardi and Martin St. Louis switched positions, it opened things up enough for Girardi to send a pass to Kreider who got just a piece of the puck. Instead of tipping it through, he tipped it right off of defenseman Alexei Emelin's skate and into the net. With 29 seconds remaining the game was tied.

This one had to be a crusher for the Habs. They were getting great goaltending out of Dustin Tokarski, who had both goals go in on rather fluky plays. Now they have to regroup after having victory snatched away to try and get back to work in overtime.

What a finish to regulation in a wild Game 3.

 
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