The Rangers are one win away from playing in the Stanley Cup finals after another dramatic evening at Madison Square Garden last night. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.
As we've learned in these playoffs, a 3-1 lead in games doesn't mean the series is over.
With one shot, though, the Rangers took a commanding lead in the series. And it came off the stick of forward Martin St. Louis in overtime.
"I kind of hung in there a little bit. Richie makes a good play by keeping the puck in, [Carl Hagelin] flies it over. It was a quick play to me—it bought me time to go in and get my head up and get the shot that I want," St. Louis said.
"What he brings in the locker room—his courage, his belief in one another, you know—you feed off that as a player. You want to help him help the team as best he can. That's all he's thinking about is what he could do for the team," said defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
For much of the night, the Rangers marched to the penalty box taking penalty after penalty.
It disturbed any type of flow the rangers could muster, but they managed to kill off most of the penalties, one of the keys to win—but an element they'd like to change in game five.
"We stuck with it. Obviously, we gave up one, but we scored one on the PK so it's pretty good to be even on the PK on a night like this," said Hagelin.
"We still took too many penalties. I don't think they were retaliatory or out of frustration. It was just our sticks were a little loose," said defenseman Marc Staal.
There was so much talk Friday and Saturday in the aftermath of Derek Stephan's broken jaw and Brandon Prust's two-game suspension, but all of that stopped when Game 4 started.
"We have talked about staying in our own zone. We are not worried about all the other stuff. We have to stay away from it, but some teams like to do that. Some teams don't. We're not that way, we're not built that way. We've got to continue to do our job," said forward Brad Richards.
The win came on the 20th anniversary of Mark Messier's guarantee and the famed hat trick in Game 6 of the 1994 conference finals against the New Jersey Devils.
That game kept the Rangers' hopes alive.
A different scenario on this night, but it is an extremely important win as these Rangers chase their own Stanley Cup dream.