MONTREAL – If there’s such thing as momentum from game to game in a playoff series, the Rangers are hoping it’s on their side following the team’s 2-1 victory over the Canadiens in Game 4 Tuesday night.

“I tread carefully saying momentum carries from game to game, but if it’s there we’ll try and take it with us,” said Derek Stepan following the team’s practice on Wednesday before flying to Montreal. “But I’m not sure if it will be. We’re focusing in on our first shift and our first period.”

Looking around the playoffs, there could be something to momentum. Pittsburgh won three straight before Columbus staved off elimination Tuesday night, while Ottawa has won two straight after dropping their opening game to Boston.

Out west, both St. Louis and Nashville have won three straight.

But coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t sold on the ‘M’ word. All he’s focused on is carrying over the positives from Tuesday’s win back into the hostile environment that is the Bell Centre.