Glass, Lundqvist help Rangers beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1
Many of you out there who took our (very informal) poll are confident the Canadiens will be moving on to round two.
Montreal was shut out 2-0 on Wednesday as it dropped the opener of its best-of-seven first-round playoff series against NY.
Montreal Canadiens minus-150 vs. NY and was 3-0 with a 2.27 GAA and.922 save percentage.
The New York goalie survived a shaky first period to make 31 saves in the Rangers' 2-0 victory Wednesday night in their playoff opener. However, they won their game 3-2 in overtime in what was the franchise's final game at Joe Louis Arena. If New York wants to advance they need their Swedish netminder to steal at least one game on the road. You could that the Blueshirts were intimidated, which led to them being bullied into a 4-1 loss.
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Montreal.
"Starting on the road here will give us a good chance to establish our playoff game", Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said.
Game 1 goes tonight at the Bell Centre, a barn known for its impressive decibel level for regular season games. "A great play by (Glass)".
Shut out in Game 1 of their first-round series against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens hit the ice for practice Thursday nonetheless pleased with the effort. "That's the Stanley Cup Playoffs".
"My game hasn't changed", Kreider said.
On the other, the Canadiens have showed this lack of ability to score before.
"Sometimes that first five minutes, it's not really like there's a puck alive out there", Smith said.
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You have to figure the Canadiens have it in them, especially after proving their resilience all season long. Price is 15-5-1 with a 1.82 GAA and.940 save percentage in his career against the Rangers.
- Nine of the 16 playoff teams have a different coach than the one they began last season with: the Canadiens (Claude Julien), Senators (Guy Boucher), Penguins (Mike Sullivan), Blue Jackets (John Tortorella), Bruins (Bruce Cassidy), Wild (Bruce Boudreau), Blues (Mike Yeo), Ducks (Randy Carlyle) and Flames (Glen Gulutzan).
"They're a great team". Still Lundqvist played a strong, assertive game and fought for every save like this was his last opportunity to win the Cup. Carey Price looks to be back at the top of his game, while Max Pacioretty continues to lead the way offensively, scoring 35 goals this season.
It'll be tough. Letang got better as the playoffs went on a year ago, eventually garnering some Conn Smythe consideration for his fine play. The Canadiens scratched C Torrey Mitchell, C/W Brian Flynn, RW Michael McCarron and D Brandon Davidson, while D Alexei Emelin remained sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Shea Weber and Jordie Benn are expected to play.
But for all his talent, the third overall pick from the 2012 draft has had a hard time convincing previous Habs coach Michel Therrien and then Julien, who took over on February 14, that he is a legitimate top-line center. The Canadiens have topped the Rangers during the season, but the Rangers have some winning strategies that can top Montreal in the series.
"You want to stay even-keel".
"You've got coaches that are working with you that you have to trust, and you have to delegate because you're only as good as the people that surround you", he said. From that faceoff play, which we actually won, we got a stick on it and the backhand ended up top shelf. To find success, the Rangers will need to capitalize on power play chances that will likely come few and far between.
But as we've mentioned before, the playoffs are a whole new season.
The Rangers feature a deep offense as head coach Alain Vigneault relies on three balanced lines to put the puck in the back of the net.
It was clearly the product of having reviewed the previous evening's evidence (after the game he said "what I look at is the opportunities we had, and what we can do with them").
Keeping that in mind, here are 16 pressing questions for 16 playoff teams.
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