Henrik Lundqvist And The Rangers Steal Game 1 In Montreal 2-0

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The game starts at 7 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m. puck drop for weekday Habs games, so don't make a mistake and tune in or arrive 30 minutes late. The Rangers' record won't hold up against the beasts of the Metro, but it does make them the first Wild Card. Nothing does. how poorly the Blueshirts played in the final month; the fact they were 0-3 against Montreal this season or that they have a tough first-round match-up against the Canadiens.

Julien noted all five playoff games Wednesday night were low-scoring affairs with Boston beating Ottawa 2-1, St. Louis beating Minnesota 2-1 in overtime, Pittsburgh beating Columbus 3-1 and San Jose beating Edmonton 3-2 in OT.

So playing the opening two games of their series at Bell Centre in Montreal is not a big problem. "But at the same time we're a confident group that if we play our game we're very capable of winning with the lineup we have now". This series will no doubt be personal for Price because in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals, Kreider crashed into Price in Game 1 and took him out of the series. But the same may not apply in the postseason.

Lundqvist did the rest, earning the shutout despite struggling with his rebound control throughout the game.

If Alain Vigneault pairs captain Ryan McDonagh with Dan Girardi and veteran Brendan Smith with rookie Brady Skjei, those pairs will likely see the majority of action killing penalties. It doesn't really matter where you finish or what your record was against a team.

Maybe not about Glass, who scored six of his seven goals and played 57 of his 68 games this season with the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack.

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Michael Grabner then scored into an empty net to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead with 1:10 remaining.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in a surprise start in place of injured Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defense with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. Tomas Plekanec won a draw in the Montreal zone, but fourth line winger Tanner Glass pounced on it and lifted a backhand from the slot over Price's shoulder.

To be fair, the Canadiens haven't been the most offensively gifted team, and typically have played close games, and it's fair to say they missed more than a handful of opportunities last night. "We expected him to work hard, and that's what he did". You see that and both teams have got to get amped up.

They know, however, there are areas to clean up heading into Game 2 on Friday - namely, in front of the opposing net. In the second period, the Rangers were the better team. Lundqvist has had great success in the playoffs, posting a save percentage of.921 with a goals-against average of 2.28.

Glass's unassisted, top shelf backhander at 9:50 of the first provided a 1-0 lead in a feisty period that featured 40 hits - 20 by each club. You need those things to be part of the game. The Canadiens will now have to go back, analyze the tapes, learn, and adjust from this game. If the Rangers can return to NY with two games in their back pocket, that will set the stage for two massive games at Madison Square Garden.

Fleury was able to keep the door shut long enough for the Penguins to regroup between periods and come out flying in what would turn out to be a three-goal second period. Furthermore, the Canadiens went from being the most-penalized team in the National Hockey League to the least penalized from when Julien took over. "They have a lot of speed, good structure, a great goaltender, so it's a going to be a good test and a great challenge for us". Absorb the pressure and throw the puck at the net when you can, especially when Carey Price is between the pipes.

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