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St. Louis scores key OT winner for Rangers

Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
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According to the Canadian Press on Sunday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Martin St. Louis of Laval, Quebec scored the overtime winner as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in game four of the Eastern Conference Final in the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs. With the win, the Rangers now have a 3-1 series lead in the best out of seven series.

St. Louis scored his goal at 6:02 of the extra period from Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards. It was St. Louis's sixth goal of the playoffs. He also has seven assists for a team leading 13 points.

St. Louis, who had a team leading five shots on goal in game four, won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. St. Louis is also looking to win the second Stanley Cup of his career, after winning the 2004 Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. After Sunday's win, the Rangers are now only five wins away from winning their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history and first since 1994.

It has also been a difficult postseason for St. Louis. Earlier in the playoffs, his mother passed away.

In other Rangers news, Rangers enforcer Daniel Carcillo was suspended ten games on Friday for making contact with an official during game three of the series on Thursday. Carcillo then announced on Saturday he plans to appeal the suspension.

The series will now shift to Montreal on Tuesday night for game five. If necessary, game six will then take place on Thursday in New York and game seven will be back in Montreal on Saturday. One area where the Rangers have the edge in the series is goaltending. Despite some strong performaces from Dustin Tokarski, who has filled in admirably for the injured Carey Price in between the Montreal net, Tokarski just does not have the same big game experience as Olympic gold medalist Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist won a gold medal for Sweden at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, In the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, he has a record of 11-7 and an excellent goals against average of 1.98.