NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and Rick Nash scored the deciding goal in the second period as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 at Madison Square Garden in Game 4 of their first-round series Tuesday night.

Defenseman Shea Weber hit the post with 1:18 remaining and goaltender Carey Price on the bench for an extra skater, but the Canadiens could not stash home the tying goal when the puck came to rest near the crease.

The Rangers evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2. Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday night in Montreal.

Jesper Fast also scored for the Rangers, who ended a six-game home losing streak that dated to the 2015 postseason.

Carey Price stopped 30 of 32 shots for the Canadiens, who received their lone goal from Torey Mitchell.

A fortunate bounce led to Fast's goal at 11:39 of the first period. Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov went into his own zone to play a puck that was sent around the boards. The puck hit his skate and kicked to Fast, who beat Price between the legs with a backhand shot to make it 1-0.

The Canadiens tied it with 1:23 remaining in the period. Alexander Radulov started the play by winning a puck battle in the neutral zone and triggering a 2-on-1 with Mitchell and Shea Weber. Mitchell moved the puck to Weber, who passed back to Mitchell for the tap-in goal that made it 1-1.

Nash restored the lead with his second goal of the series at 4:28 of the second period. The Canadiens nearly cleared the zone, but defenseman Ryan McDonagh gloved the puck out of the air and dropped it to the ice. He sent the puck toward the net, where Nash gathered it and stepped around Price for the goal that made it 2-1.

NOTES: The Canadiens scratched D Nikita Nesterov for the second straight game. ... Canadiens D Alexei Emelin missed his fourth straight game but could be available for Game 5 in Montreal ... The Rangers made two lineup changes. LW Pavel Buchnevich made his postseason debut, replacing LW Tanner Glass. D Nick Holden, who played the first two games of the series before being scratched for Game 3, was back for Game 4. D Kevin Klein was scratched after playing Game 3.