For the second consecutive game, the Rangers and Canadiens battled to overtime in Game 4 and while it was a rather ugly/flukey goal that won Game 3 for the Habs, it was one heck of a shot from St. Louis to win Game 4, a 3-2 final.
For what seemed like the 10th time in the game, the Canadiens got a bit lost on defense and St. Louis was left all alone on the far side, allowing him to sneak in on Dustin Tokarski for the uncontested shot. With little angle, St. Louis did what he could; roof it. And roof it he did.
"The goal he scored tonight is exactly what you see him practice every time he's on the ice, like a hundred pucks," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's trying to put it right there. Made obviously a great shot on that goal."
It couldn't have come at a better time for St. Louis, and we don't say that because it was a playoff OT winner. St. Louis has had some great looks on Tokarski since he took over for Carey Price but just couldn't beat him. St. Louis was starting to look awfully frustrated with his former teammate in Tampa Bay.
But this is exactly what the Rangers got St. Louis for at the deadline in what was a rather expensive trade in the end. He is a guy with loads of experience, a guy with loads of speed and smarts to set up this play. And the skill to finish it. His career in New York started slowly but he has found his spot with this group and it's showing. He's getting the chances and then he converted the biggest of Game 4.
Also, this one could just be me here, but did that goal have a striking similarity to the goal scored by Landon Donovan at the World Cup in 2010? St. Louis' was just as pretty too.