MONTREAL - Back to Broadway.
The New York Rangers had a chance to book their ticket to the Stanley Cup final by closing out the East final with a victory over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night in Game 5 at the Bell Centre.
On the exact same date Stephane Matteau scored the double-OT winner to send the Rangers to the final in 1994 with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils, this New York team served up a stinker.
The Rangers lost a see-saw battle in a 7-4 defeat to the Habs.The players have 48 hours to lick their wounds before Game 6 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
“It was just a bizarre game,” Rangers centre Brad Richards said. “They probably got a little bit of hope I would imagine but it doesn’t change how we think.