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Studs and Duds from Rangers-Canadiens Game 3

by Photo of Gil Santos

Lucky bounces galore as the Canadiens prevail over the Rangers in overtime.

Studs and Duds from Rangers-Canadiens Game 3

In hockey, all it takes is one lucky bounce of the puck to win a game.

But for the Montreal Canadiens, it took two lucky bounces as they beat the New York Rangers in overtime, 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. With the win, the Habs have made it a series and now trail 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Blue Shirts looked like the better team for the most of the game, but fell victim to bad luck and a great performance from the Habs' young netminder Dustin Tokarski. While the Rangers blew a huge chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, they can be confident going into Game 4 knowing they outplayed the Habs for the most part. 

For the Habs, their season is saved and they are now back in it. 

Here are the studs and duds of Game 3:

Studs

1. Alex Galchenyuk: Drive hard to the net and good things will happen. Galchenyuk did just that and he was able to deflect Tomas Plekanec's shot into the net with his body to lift his team to a crucial overtime win. It was Galchenyuk's first goal of the playoffs and his second career postseason tally. 

2. Dustin Tokarski: Price who? Tokarski was brilliant between the pipes for the Habs and was the main reason they kept it close. He stopped 35 of 37 shots, including several point black saves on Martin St. Louis. His best of the night might have been this one near the end of the third period: 

3. Carl Hagelin: Hagelin was the Rangers' best forward in this game as he caused all sorts of problems for the Canadien defense with his blazing speed. Hagelin tallied one goal in the contest after he batted down a puck baseball style in the first period. He also tied for the team high with five shots.

4. Max Pacioretty: For the Habs, Pacioretty was their best forward. He seemed like the only one that came to play for the Canadiens early on and he carried that level of play throughout the game. Pacioretty showed great vision in the second, feeding a wide open Andrei Markov across the ice for the equalizer.  

Duds

1. P.K. Subban: It was an up-and-down game for the Habs' star defenseman. Subban looked slow at times and his shanked shot at the blue line in the first period allowed the Rangers to gain an early lead.

2. Dan Carcillo: Carcillo let his emotions get the best of him and earned himself a game misconduct. While being escorted to the penalty box, he elbowed a linesman, which is a huge no no. He could face a suspension of several games. 

3. Mike Weaver: Weaver has been a steady defenseman for the Canadiens, but he did not have a good Game 3. He looked like he was having a lot of trouble with the Rangers' quickness and he led the team in giveaways with 3. 

4. Referees: The referees were awful in Game 3. They missed Brandon Prust's late hit on Derek Stepan and a too many men on the ice for the Canadiens. They also made some ticky-tack calls like Brendan Gallagher's roughing call near the end of the second period. 

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