Alexander Radulov redeemed himself for some early penalties in Game 2 with a game winning goal in overtime.
The Montreal Canadiens faced a must win Game 2 of their first round series against the New York Rangers on Friday. It didn’t look good for them, as they trailed 3-2 towards the end of the game. However, a Tomas Plekanec goal sent the game to overtime. After 18:30 of extra hockey, Alexander Radulov scored his first playoff goal since 2012. And boy is it a huge one. His goal ties the series at one game a piece, which is much better than the Canadiens being down two games to none leaving Montreal.
This ended a fairly nutty overtime session. The Habs nearly ended the game on multiple occasions before Radulov did. Shea Weber believed he ended it fairly early on, but he hit the crossbar instead of the back of the net. The Rangers definitely got their fair share of chances to, but were unable to convert against Montreal goaltender Carey Price. New York couldn’t increase their lead from 3-2 despite power plays in the third period, and they paid the ultimate price for it.
Montreal will now take the series to Madison Square Garden. Though Game 1 didn’t go well for them, they can at least take solace in knowing the series is tied. Quite frankly, the Canadiens were way too close to leaving their city down two games to none in the series. Instead, they might have found some momentum and confidence. Meanwhile, the Rangers have to address what went wrong for them. Some questionable decisions and bad play cost them a chance to grab a stranglehold on the series.