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Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski stole the show in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers in Manhattan. (The Associated Press)

The Montreal Canadiens tightened their best of seven Eastern Conference final with a 3-2 overtime win against the New York Rangers in Manhattan on Thursday night. 

The Rangers lead the series 2-1.

All eyes were on the Habs' 24-year-old rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who was called up for Game 2 to replace an injured Carey Price. 

Tokarski rose to the challenge at Madison Square Garden with a solid performance, stopping 36 shots during regulation time and keeping his otherwise lacklustre team in the game.

Another young Hab, 20-year-old Alex Galchenyuk, scored at 1:12 of overtime.

The game had its ugly moments, including a late shoulder/elbow by Brendon Prust to Derek Stepan's head that left the Ranger down on the ice.

There was no penalty on the play but it will be reviewed by the NHL's player safety committee.


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