Rangers Take Down Montreal, 3-2, in OT in Game 5 of First Round

The Rangers may have felt some Déjà vu when they went to overtime against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

They would not care by the end of the night.

Mika Zibanejad's first Stanley Cup playoff goal for New York gave the Blueshirts a 3-2 win and lead in their first-round playoff series.

Zibanejad, in his first season with the Rangers, slotted the winner home at 14:22 of the extra period at the Bell Centre.

Similarly to their last overtime game, Game 2 in Montreal six days ago, the Rangers and Canadiens traded goals over regulation.

New York blew a lead with 17.2 seconds to go in Game 2 when the Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec poked a goal past Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist, tying that game 3-3.

Radulov then made the Blueshirts pay again in overtime, scoring 18:34 into the extra period.

This time around, the Rangers stood tall late in the third period, forcing overtime and securing the win late.

Game 6 is scheduled for Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

With the victory there, the Rangers would advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and face the winner of the Ottawa-Boston series.

If the Canadiens win Saturday, Game 7 would be Monday night in Montreal.

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