5 Things to Know: Rangers at Canadiens – Game 5

BY: DAVID KOLB

GAME 5: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Coverage begins at 6 PM on MSG and MSG GO
Series is tied 2-2

The Rangers look to win a pivotal Game 5 in Montreal.

1 Where They Stand

  • Tonight the Rangers head north of the border to face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs.
  • Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, seven of the 14 playoff series the Rangers have participated in have been tied at two games apiece through the first four games (including this series). They enter Game 5 tonight with a 4-2 record in a series in which they were tied at two games apiece during that span.

  • The Blueshirts have posted a 10-5 record in their last 15 games in Games 5-7 of a playoff series, dating back to Game 7 of the First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2014.
  • The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead in playoff wins on the road since the start of the 2014 Playoffs with 13.

2 Who's Hot

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  • Rick Nash scored his second goal of the series in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Habs.
  • No. 61 now has recorded five goals in ten career playoff games against Montreal.
  • Nash has registered 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his last 13 playoff games, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final in 2015 against Tampa Bay.

3 Say What?

“We knew we had to respond as a group and that’s what this group did tonight. We’ve proved it in the past. We talked about managing the puck better. I thought we managed the puck better tonight. We played a better game. We were able to give ourselves an opportunity. It’s a two out of three (series). That’s what we wanted.”

Alain Vigneault on the Rangers’ effort following Tuesday’s 2-1 win.

4 Did You Know?

April 18, 2017: The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

  • The Blueshirts lead the NHL in playoff games played since the start of the 2012 Playoffs with 85 contests.
  • The Rangers lead all Eastern Conference teams in playoff wins over that same stretch with 42.

5 Must-See Video

Henrik Lundqvist knows the importance of tonight’s Game 5.

Henrik Lundqvist knows that every game can be decided by that timely play, and he looks to employ that mindset heading into Game 5 against the Canadiens.