The story of the game for the Canadiens was eight power plays, including one in overtime, and just one conversion.
"We had our opportunities and we didn't take advantage," coach Michel Therrien said after Montreal fell into a 3-1 series hole with a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4. "Even though we score the tying goal [on the power play], we gave up one [shorthanded]. We have to be better."
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P.K. Subban's blast through Brendan Gallagher's screen tied the score at 2-2 two minutes into the third period. It was the first conversion by the Canadiens on their sixth power play of the game. They even got two more tries, one only 59 seconds later and one 30 seconds into OT, but those were futile.
The Canadiens' biggest failing with the man advantage was getting to pucks, either as they tried to enter the Rangers' zone or down inside the hash marks. The Rangers' penalty-killers were quicker even as the game wore on and they wore down.
"You can't expect a team to give you two or three power-play goals a game. It just doesn't happen," said Subban, who logged 33:16 of ice time, including a monstrous 12:51 on the power play out of 15:28 total power-play time for the Canadiens. "I don't think it's frustration. We had a lot of opportunities. The puck just didn't go in."
The one opportunity at even strength that nearly did go in -- Alex Galchenyuk's snap shot that hit the crossbar and bounced down and out with just under five minutes to go in regulation -- could have meant the difference between an evened-up series headed back to Montreal or the Habs needing to rally from 3-1 down to win the Eastern Conference finals.
The Rangers' Martin St. Louis finally beat Dustin Tokarski high to the glove side after trying to score a half-dozen times that way on the young goaltender in the past two games.
"I tried to get set and he beat me," Tokarski said. "He obviously saw some room and made it count. He had some time to look where he wanted to shoot. Players like that, you give them some time, they're going to beat you at some point."
The relentlessly energetic Subban said his team already is moving on to try to do what the Rangers did to get to this series. "We're moving past this," he said. "I've been down 3-1 in series before. Things can turn around real quick."