New York Rangers fight back from three goals down to earn a point in Montreal

Jan 6, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault (35) stops New York
Jan 6, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault (35) stops New York / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Earning a point in a game like this when trailing by three goals in the middle of the game is an admirable effort from the Rangers. It would have been nice to not need to comeback from three goals down, but take it. Getting a point from a position like that was a good sign for the mental fortitude of this Blueshirts roster. Now, the Rangers need to shift the focus to the next game at home to Vancouver.

It would be an early lead for the Montreal Canadiens. Brendan Gallagher was able to pick a corner when he was left all alone out in front and Jonathan Quick was unable to answer. It had been a good first period to this point, but giving up the first goal spelled trouble for this Rangers roster. With the team having had issues in comebacks recently, the next few minutes were going to be big for the Blueshirts.

Early in the second, Sean Monahan made it 2-0, and the Rangers were in troule. Despite leading handily on the shot clock, they were struggling to solve Samuel Montembault. If the Blueshirts were going to get into this game now with a multiple goal deficit against them, they absolutely had to get the next goal in this one. It was critical to stop the rot and build some momentum before the bleeding killed the game.

Unfortunately, the Rangers would not be able to address it. A puck timmed around the boards results in the Canadiens picking it up below the goal line. It was sent back to the point, and Joel Armia was able to walk in and beat Quick to his fivehole, and suddenly this was a 3-0 lead, and it felt like it was going to take a monumental effort from the Rangers to get back into it. This was a difficult Canadiens team to beat at 0-0, now 3 goals down, it felt like a lopsided game.

New York managed to get one back on a point shot from Erik Gustafsson. Vincent Trocheck tipped it past Samuel Montembault to get the Rangers on the board. It was still a long way from being game on again, but it was certainly a step in the right direction for the Blueshirts. Now, they needed to get another pair and tie the game up if they were going to try and get the two points from tonight.

A set faceoff play was able to get the Rangers within one. Vincent Trocheck goes forward on the draw, and slaps a pass across to Artemi Panarin who is all alone in the slot after beating the defenseman to the front of the net. He pots another goal, and the Rangers are suddenly only a goal down and are not out of this. Momentum is with them, would the Blueshirts get back into this game before Montreal steadied the ship?

New York would tie the game up halfway through the third period. Will Cuylle would get the puck in deep to the stick of Jimmy Vesey. Vesey would send it around the boards and back to the point for Adam Fox. Fox would load up and unleash the cannon from the point, and it managed to beat Montembault thanks to the deflection in front from Cuylle, and the Rangers had come all the way back from three goals down to tie this game.

With the game tied, we would go into the extra frame, but that didn't solve anything, so we go to the shootout. Cole Caufield would walk in on the Canadiens second attempt in the shootout and beat Jonathan Quick on the glove side. Mika Zibanejad thought he had the answer but Montembault denied him with a monster stick save. Alexis Lafreniere walked in and tried to tie the game with the final Rangers shot of the game, but he the hometown kid couldn't do it and the Blueshirts fall.