The Rangers moved 3-1 up on the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals when St Louis finished from a tight angle with just over six minutes gone in the first OT period at Madison Square Garden.
The home side had led game four twice during regulation time, only to be reeled in by Montreal, but the Canadiens could not hold off the Rangers in overtime, ensuring the New Yorkers will head to Canada needing just a solitary victory with three games to achieve it in if required.
Montreal had won game three in New York after Carl Hagelin had given the home side the lead, and Sunday’s match started in similar fashion.
Hagelin struck a short-handed goal after seven minutes in the first period but Montreal equalised in the middle stanza through Francis Bouillon.
But while the Canadiens surged on Thursday, the Rangers were next to score on Sunday with Derick Brassard finishing off Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist’s good lead-up work late in the second period.
PK Subban dragged Montreal level again two minutes into the third period but New York eventually triumphed thanks to St Louis, who notched his sixth play-off goal of the season.
Rangers are one win away from their first Stanley Cup series since 1994 when they were crowned NHL champions.
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