Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Three

Video: Rangers open the scoring on wild play in front of Tokarski


Dustin Tokarski didn’t have much of a chance on this one.

The New York Rangers opened the scoring in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens on Carl Hagelin’s fifth goal of the post-season. And what a wild and odd sequence this turned out to be.

It started when P.K. Subban coughed up the puck and the New York blue line after the Canadiens won the faceoff. Hagelin broke in on a two-on-one rush, dished off to Martin St. Louis, who was somehow robbed by the left glove of Josh Gorges, who had gone sliding backwards into Tokarski.

The collision between Gorges and Tokarski rendered the Habs goalie almost useless in that situation, and Hagelin, showing off his baseball skills, knocked the puck out of mid-air and into the net. Odd. But this has been an eventful game already, with the first-period sequence that saw Daniel Carcillo tossed less than six minutes in.

The Habs, down 2-0 in the series, evened the score in the second period on a goal from Andrei Markov.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.

Diaz could leave Rangers for Europe

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Could Raphael Diaz be on his way back to Switzerland?

We’ll know in a month.

Diaz, who lost out on the Rangers’ final blueline spot in training camp, has reported to the club’s AHL affiliate in Hartford but doesn’t seem pleased with his current situation, per the Post:

The 29-year-old Diaz, who cleared waivers last Saturday after the Blueshirts opted to keep rookie Dylan McIlrath as the club’s seventh on the blue line, is interested in the European option if he is not in the NHL.

The Blueshirts have told Diaz they will revisit the situation at the end of October, but have not promised to release him or assign him to a European team at that point.

If Diaz, a Swiss native who represented Switzerland in the 2014 Olympics, does play in Europe during the season, he would have to go through waivers in order to return to the NHL.

Diaz’s agent, Ritch Winter, told the Post that Diaz signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Rangers “to play with the Rangers.”

And it’s understandable if Diaz — a journeyman offensive defenseman — isn’t happy with this situation.

While some believe McIlrath earned his roster spot on merit, some think it’s because of his contract status. McIlrath, who’s only 23 and a former first-round pick, would’ve needed to clear waivers to go back to Hartford, and it’s believed he would’ve been claimed by another club.