Eastern Final Game 3 - Habs score early in OT to keep their season alive
Who needs a stick? Alex Galchenyuk certainlydoesn't.
Back in this thing: Galchenyuk's (not pictured) OT-winner keeps the Habs alive in the ECF (via ESPN.com)
Just 1:12 into overtime in Game 3, it was the 20-year-old Milwaukee, Wisconsin native who banked home the game-winner off his face to give the Canadiens the 3-2 win and squash the hopes of the New York Rangers taking a commanding 3-0 series lead.
The game to start saw plenty of fireworks, with the first instance coming when Brandon Prust leveled Derek Stepan behind the play with a boarderline hit, leaving Stepan dazed on the ice before leaving for the lockeroom. Stepan did return later in the game.
Prust didn't receive a penalty on the play, leaving the Rangers having to settle their own business as the referees had failed in doing that job for them.
Behind the Montreal net, Dan Carcillo charged Prust into the boards, which the refs caught and called a delayed penalty. As Prust skated away, Derek Dorsett chased him down and the two dropped the gloves. With Carcillo still around the fight, the linesman, knowing how volatile of a player he is, rushed in to separate him from the action. Carcillo gave a bit of a shove to the linesman, leaving him with the possibility of a 10 or 20-game suspension.
The Department of Player Safety announced this morning that Prust will have a hearing for the hit on Stepan.
As for the game itself, Daniel Brierre scored with three minutes left in the game to give Montreal the 2-1 lead. But as every neutral fans/Rangers-fans-for-the-week had hoped for, New York pulled off the feat and tied the game with 30 seconds to go, leaving us with some beautiful overtime hockey.
But as the Canadiens usually do, they ruined it for everyone by ending the fun early and scoring just a minute into the extra frame. No surprise.
Montreal Canadiens @ New York Rangers: 3 - 2, New York leads the series 2 - 1