Rangers come up flat in 'bizarre game'

Rangers' Derek Stepan (left) and the Canadiens' David Desharnais battle for the puck in Montreal...

Rangers' Derek Stepan (left) and the Canadiens' David Desharnais battle for the puck in Montreal last night. (AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

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.

 


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