National Hockey League roundup: Rangers shut out Canadiens, 2-0

The Rangers are hoping to go further than they did previous year, when they were eliminated by the Penguins in the first round.

Offensive depth certainly backed up Fleury's solid night between the pipes too, as everyone's favorite Phil Kessel got the eventual game victor. He would avoid going up against the Rangers top defensemen and so theoretically he would have more scoring chances. "I think a lot of times you feel each other out in the first game and you might get a couple more but there's going to be bangs, for sure".

Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant. "He's a guy that we had signed as a depth player on a two-way contract". Former Vezina Trophy victor Henrik Lundqvist had a moderately disappointing season to his usual standards with a 31-20-4 record, 2.74 goals-against average and.922 save percentage. Price has overcome the knee injuries that sidelined him in that series and for all but 12 games last season. But to his credit, Lundqvist dialed up a retro performance in the series opener.

Fired up by 1960s pop star Ginette Reno's national anthem, the Canadiens were all over NY in the opening period, but the Rangers struck first at 9:50. And, in some sense, they did in Game 1, as the Habs actually seemed to own an advantage early on, even if the Rangers - behind Lundqvist's 31 saves - blanked Montreal 2-0.

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The New York Rangers' quest for the Stanley Cup gets underway Wednesday night in Montreal.

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Lotta' hockey still to be played, but Wednesday was a hugely important night for Henrik Lundqvist.

But 98 hits in a 60-minute contest? It's clearly the type of hockey that players like Ott and Martinsen were brought in for.

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Then, after a dunk by Przemek Karnowski , he fed the big man again for a layup that put the Bulldogs up 72-67 with 4:48 to play. The 6-foot-5 junior had 19 rebounds , 11 in the second half, to go with 13 points. "I've had some really, really tough teams".

"Both teams are built for the playoffs in that sense".

There was passion and hunger in the Rangers game.

Edmonton centre Connor McDavid, the NHL's leading scorer in the regular season, had one assist in his playoff debut to extend his points streak to 15 games. Montreal surely will try to adjust just like the Rangers did during Game 1. Uplifting for their respective teams.

To win the Eastern Conference, New York is +700. This team has a lot of potential and if they can put forward their best play and get into the playoff mindset, they can get through the Canadiens. It wasn't an easy first period for the Rangers, but then again no period is ever easy in the playoffs. That means special units must be at their peak form. "You're so in tune to the game". On the flip side, the Rangers were tied for second in the National Hockey League in third-period goals scored with 101. The fourth line in particularly had some dominating shifts, and earned the game's firtst goal from Tanner Glass, as well as a plethora of chances that included a Skjei strike that hit the inside of the goal post and ricocheted back into Price, and a Lindberg steal off of a Price clearing attempt that was only just denied by the Canadiens netminder as he scrambled back to his crease.

Michael Grabner added New York's second in an empty net at 18:50 of the third.

The Rangers had the edge in the latest of playoff meetings between these two teams, defeating the Habs in six games during the 2014 Eastern Conference Final. "Once the playoffs start, it's been proven in the past that an eighth seed can win".

Posturing aside, Lundqvist answered one of the playoff's biggest questions quite definitively on the opening night of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It always happens. Perhaps, this is a sign that something special is in the air for NY this spring. Between the injuries and inconsistent play, it's been a forgettable season for the future Hall of Famer.

They all were tone-setters, and not just on the goal. "Not having a chance to play last year was hard, so you've been waiting all year to have that opportunity to play in the playoffs and you're just excited". They have reached the playoffs for the seventh straight season. A series win against Montreal would lead to an even easier second round opponent with the victor of the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins best-of-seven waiting for Blue Shirts.

  • Lawrence Cooper