St. Louis scores OT winner to put Rangers a win away from NHL finals

When the New York Rangers needed him most, Martin St. Louis delivered.

The Greenwich resident scored the 3-2 overtime winner against the Montreal Canadiens to send the Madison Square Garden crowd home elated and put the Rangers just one win away from its first Stanley Cup finals appearance in two decades.

After both teams exchanged goals to send the game into overtime, the Rangers were able to kill off a penalty to start the overtime and survive the Montreal attack.

With Brad Richards keeping the the puck just inside the blue line in front of the New York bench, Carl Hagelin gained control and fired a pass to St. Louis across the ice.

All alone on the right side of the goalie net inside the circle, St. Louis skated in with 6:02 gone by in the first overtime and uncorked a missile that found the top right corner of the net and beat Montreal goalie Dustin Tokarski for the goal.

With the OT winner, St. Louis was named the game’s No. 1 star. Hagelin was also named the No. 2 star and Brian Boyle was the game’s third star.

Midway through the second period, St. Louis had another golden opportunity to extend the lead, as he gained control of the puck all alone just inside the blue line. Darting towards the net, he fired a shot at net, but Tokarski made, arguably, the best save of the series to rob the Greenwich forward.

The Rangers will look to close out the series when it returns to the Bell Centre in Montreal Tuesday night.

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