Every night during the playoffs, we will wrap up all the exciting action and tell you what you need to know about the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs. Welcome to What You Need To Know.
Canadiens win 3-2 (OT) | NYR lead series 2-1 | Game 4 Sun.
Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens did just enough to win this game. They were outshot, at times badly outplayed and even sometimes outhustled. Rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski was spectacular in the game, making 36 saves to help the Habs steal one in New York. Despite being outplayed and outpossessed, the Habs still were able to create chances, which was huge for them. A late goal by Danny Briere should have sealed the game, but a fluky tying goal sent it to overtime. With the Habs looking tired at the end of the third, they were going to need a quick strike. They got it off the stick (or rather the body) of Alex Galchenyuk just 1:15 into the extra period. The Habs needed this one badly and they probably stole it and just like that, they're back in this series.
New York Rangers: The Rangers did a lot well in the game, aside from losing their composure a bit early. They really reeled that back in and at times dominated play. According to ExtraSkater.com, the Rangers had nearly 58 percent of all even-strength shot attempts in the game, showing just how much they were owning the puck. They ran into a hot goaltender at the other end of the ice and didn't really generate enough quality opportunities for themselves. They showed some resiliency in scoring a last-minute tying goal, but they couldn't close it out. In the end, the Habs may have been a bit lucky to come out of this with a win, but the Rangers really didn't seem to ever have that kill shot in them. Both goals they scored were extremely fluky. They still should have done better to win here. Hats off to Dustin Tokarski, really. He was probably the difference.
Play of the Game: You win a game in overtime, the goal that wins the game is pretty much automatically the play of the game, right? Alex Galchenyuk had missed most of the postseason, making his debut in Game 2 of this series. In just his second game back, he scored a rather humongous goal for his team after Tomas Plekanec's rebound bounced off Galchenyuk's chest or maybe his face and in. It's not pretty, but it's probably the biggest goal of Galchenyuk's young career.
Player of the Game: Regardless of result, it was always going to be Dustin Tokarski. The rookie stood tall in his first postseason road start and kept the Canadiens in the game throughout. They were getting badly outshot in the game, but Tokarski kept things relatively calm back there. He gave up some bad rebounds here and there, but he was getting in front of a lot of pucks. He made a few key stops in the game and he might have had a better shot at stopping the Rangers' first goal had he not gotten bowled into by his own defenseman. At 24 years old and just 11 games of NHL experience in total and his club already trailing in the series, Tokarski is making sure he isn't going to be an excuse for the Habs should they lose the series. This was a great effort from the young netminder in Game 3. He stole this one for the Habs.
Turning Point: The Habs winning in overtime in a game they were mostly outplayed in probably would make the game-winner the turning point, right? Well, I guess it could, but I think this game actually turned when Dustin Tokarski robbed Martin St. Louis with a spectacular pad save in the second period. Had St. Louis scored there very quickly after Montreal had tied the game, the Rangers would have been able to regain control and it could have really sapped the energy the Habs were showing. Instead, making that stop did two things. First, it prevented what could have been a very deflating goal. Second, it showed that Tokarski was more than ready for this game and was ready to steal this one if need be. He absolutely did and this save will be the standout highlight. Let's check it out in GIF form.
GIF of the Game: It's the turning point and it's the GIF of the Game. Big night for Dustin on the ice and now on this blog. This was spectacular. GIF via @myregularface: