Rangers win Game 5 3-2 in over­time

Montreal Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - PAT HICKEY ph­ickey@postmedia.com

The bot­tom line: Mika Zibane­jad scored at 14:22 of over­time to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Cana­di­ens Thurs­day night at the Bell Cen­tre. The win gives the Rangers a 3-2 lead in the be­stof-seven Eastern Con­fer­ence quar­ter-fi­nal se­ries.

The Rangers’ Chris Krei­der was in a po­si­tion to win the game mid­way through the over­time pe­riod, but he fanned on a shot. But he as­sisted on the win­ning goal as he found Zibane­jad cut­ting to the net. Game 6 is set for Sat­ur­day at Madi­son Square Gar­den (8 p.m., CBC, TVA Sports, TSN-690 Ra­dio). The late start is to ac­com­mo­date NBC and its com­par­a­tively in­signif­i­cant au­di­ences.

Lehko­nen breaks the ice: Art­turi Lehko­nen opened the scor­ing when he beat Hen­rik Lundqvist on a wrap­around at 12:07 of the first pe­riod. It was the Fin­nish rookie’s sec­ond goal of the playoffs. Each team man­aged to score a goal af­ter Kevin Hayes was sent off at 14:29 for hold­ing Max Pa­cioretty’s stick. Jes­per Fast got a step inside Nathan Beaulieu and scored a short-handed goal on a pass from Zibane­jad at 15:56. The Rangers got a break af­ter Zibane­jad picked off a lazy pass from Alex Galchenyuk. The Cana­di­ens re­gained the lead when Bren­dan Gal­lagher scored a power-play goal at 16:20 af­ter An­drei Markov set him up in the high slot. It was the first goal of the se­ries for Gal­lagher, who ab­sorbed a lot of pun­ish­ment in the first pe­riod. Ear­lier in the power play, he was drilled from be­hind by Ryan McDon­agh and he went to the dress­ing room late in the pe­riod af­ter he was slashed in the ribs by Mats Zuc­carello.

Break­ing even: The Rangers tied the game 2-2 at 18:28 of the sec­ond pe­riod when de­fence­man Brady Sk­jei pinched in and scored off a re­bound af­ter Carey Price made the ini­tial save on Rick Nash com­ing out of the cor­ner. Philip Danault hit a post early in the third pe­riod, but 10:11 elapsed be­fore Mon­treal reg­is­tered its first shot on goal.

The num­bers game: The Cana­di­ens went 1-for-4 on the power play and are 3-for-17 in the se­ries. The Mon­treal penalty-killing unit killed off two more penal­ties and the Rangers are 0-for-14 with the ex­tra man. For the fourth time in five games, the teams com­bined for at least 100 hits, but this was the first game in which the Cana­di­ens out­hit the Rangers, 51-49.

Emelin re­turns: De­fence­man Alexei Emelin made his first ap­pear­ance since April 5, re­plac­ing Bran­don David­son on the third pair­ing with Beaulieu. Emelin, who was out with a lower-body in­jury, had seven hits in the game.

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