Updated: Monday, 26 May 2014 12:53 | By Agence France-Presse

Overtime win puts Rangers on brink of Stanley Cup finals

Martin St. Louis scored the overtime winner, lifting the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over Montreal and within sight of the NHL's Stanley Cup finals.

Overtime win puts Rangers on brink of Stanley Cup finals

Benoit Pouliot (C) of the New York Rangers high sticks Alexei Emelin (R) of the Montreal Canadiens during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on May 25, 2014 - by Al Bello

St. Louis scored at 6:02 of the overtime period. The Canadiens had tried to clear the puck out of the zone at the left point, but Brad Richards managed to keep it in the zone and get it to Carl Hagelin.

Hagelin moved the puck across to the right circle, where St. Louis took the pass and fired a high shot over Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski for the victory.

The win gave the Rangers a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

With one more victory they will reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 1994.

The Canadiens will try to keep the Rangers from closing out the series when they host game five on Tuesday.

Montreal have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit twice, in 2004 against Boston and in 2010 against Washington.

New York also got goals from Hagelin off a shorthanded breakaway in the first period, and Derick Brassard on a slap shot late in the second.

Francis Bouillon and PK Subban scored for Montreal.

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