NEW YORK — Rick Nash and Jesper Fast scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Tuesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
New York’s win also ended a six-game losing streak at home in the playoffs going back to the 2015 Eastern Conference final.
Torrey Mitchell scored for Montreal and Carey Price made 30 saves.
Game 5 is Thursday night in Montreal.
The Rangers, who gave up the tying goal with 18 seconds left in the third period of Game 2 before losing in overtime, stopped Montreal in the final minutes in this one.
After a lackluster performance in a 3-1 loss in Game 3, the Rangers came out aggressive early in Game 4.
Lundqvist kept it scoreless as he stopped Andrew Shaw on a breakaway midway through the first period.
About a minute later, Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov misplayed the puck along the boards and Fast grabbed the loose puck and slid it through the legs of Price for an unassisted goal at 11:39.
The Canadiens tied it late in the period on a goal by Mitchell with 1:23 remaining.
Alexander Radulov earned his fourth assist of the series on the play.
BLUE JACKETS 5, PENGUINS 4: Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist and host Columbus held on to beat Pittsburgh, avoiding a sweep in the best-of-seven playoff series.
Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who were able to outlast the Penguins when they pushed back hard in the second and third periods and then got a short-handed goal from Jake Guenztel with 27 seconds left in the game.