Galchenyuk nets OT goal, Canadiens top Rangers 3-2

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NEW YORK (AP) - If Henrik Lundqvist was lucky in Montreal, his good fortune ran out under the bright lights of Broadway.

Lundqvist was stellar in claiming the first two wins of the Eastern Conference finals for the Rangers over the Canadiens on the road. But Montreal exacted a bit of revenge in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban said Lundqvist was “getting a little bit lucky.” Lundqvist had no problem using some luck to his advantage, but losing a 3-2 heartbreaker in overtime was pretty tough to stomach Thursday night.

“It’s tough luck, that’s for sure,” Lundqvist said after Alex Galchenyuk’s goal 1:12 into overtime cut the Canadiens’ series deficit to 2-1. “It’s extremely disappointing to lose this one.

“We played really well, but we just have to forget it. Move on, and get ready for the next one.”

That will come Sunday in Game 4 at the Garden. The Rangers know they will have to go back to Montreal at least once more, and they surely want to head there with a 3-1 series lead as opposed to a 2-2 tie.

“This is a good team. They just beat Boston,” Rangers forward Martin St. Louis said. “We tried to get it done, but we are up 2-1 in the series and we play a home game on Sunday. We still have a great opportunity to do something great.”

The Rangers were done in ultimately by Galchenyuk, but his heroics were set up by the fine goaltending of Montreal third-stringer Dustin Tokarski.

In his second career NHL playoff game, the 24-year-old Tokarski stopped 35 shots and bounced back from a potentially crushing goal in the final seconds of regulation to lift the Canadiens to the stirring win.

“I did everything I could,” said Tokarski, filling in for the injured Carey Price. “I played the same game all the way. I felt more comfortable as it went along.

“So glad we overcame that late bounce and got the winner.”

Chris Kreider, whose collision with Price in the opener led to the goalie’s series-ending injury, netted the tying goal with 28.1 seconds left to offset Danny Briere’s go-ahead tally for Montreal with 3:02 remaining in regulation.

Galchenyuk scored 13 goals in 65 regular-season games, and he had one previous playoff goal in six career games.

“To be honest, I have no idea what happened,” Galchenyuk said. “(Tomas Plekanec) put it on net and it bounced off my stick or hit me. It went in, and the celebration started from there.”

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien made the surprise decision to start the inexperienced Tokarski in Game 2 instead of veteran Peter Budaj, who was shaky in relief of Price in Game 1.

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