The two teams cumulatively registered 98 hits in Game 1 - 53 by the Canadiens, 45 by the Rangers. Melker Karlsson got the extra time victor as the Sharks take a 1-0 series lead.
Devils: After their worst season in almost 30 years, second-year coach John Hynes said the Devils (28-40-14) didn't compete as hard as they did a year ago.
Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts performance in Game One was much more reminiscent of their playoff successes in 2014 and 2015, starting from their goaltender on out. 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.
With the shutout, Henrik Lundqvist earned his tenth playoff shutout, and leads all active goaltenders in that category. Price played all three of this season's games vs.
Henrik Lundqvist has struggled at the Bell Centre in his career, with a record of 4-9-2. Lundqvist's form since returning from a hip injury, and for large parts of the season has been below his best, and Glass has been enemy number one for man, toiling away in the AHL for the majority of the year. Despite posting 102 points in the regular season, NY enters the Stanley Cup playoffs as a wild-card team thanks to the powerhouses atop the Metropolitan Division. Lundqvist looked to be fighting the puck as Montreal had a 16-5 first-period shot advantage but managed to keep it out if his net.
In fact, his second-period highway robbery on Shea Weber likely was his best save of the night.
The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 2-0 in Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals. Henrik Lundqvist was superb out of the gate as the Habs came out flying and firing on all cylinders.
On Wednesday, however, Lundqvist showed the hockey world that he's not done quite yet.
- Connor McDavid reached 100 points in the Oilers' regular-season finale, the 28th 100-point season by a player since 2005-06.
But 98 hits in a 60-minute contest? There is still plenty of hockey to be played. Much has changed since, but both teams are primed for a thrilling series.
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There was passion and hunger in the Rangers game.
Momentum shifted in New York's favor over the next few minutes, but fell back into Montreal's hands with a pair of back-to-back penalties against the Rangers. Uplifting for their respective teams.
New York's character carried it the rest of the way. By my eyes, that seems about right. If Montreal is going to beat the Rangers they need Price to be on his game to make up for the Canadiens lack of offense.
The Bruins won despite having zero shots in the second period, the Blues won with only three shots in the third period and the Penguins won with only three shots in the first period. That would be awful form, and a bad waste of a special moment. Live streaming is available on NBC Sports, and CBC Sports which you can access with your cable or satellite, either online or through their app.
Of course, we put Kevin on the spot and ask for his New York Rangers round one prediction. On the flip side, the Rangers were tied for second in the National Hockey League in third-period goals scored with 101.
Michael Grabner added an empty-net goal with 1:10 left to play.
Canadiens: The only thing missing from Carey Price's otherwise sterling C.V.is a Stanley Cup championship. But the same may not apply in the post-season. It always happens. Perhaps, this is a sign that something special is in the air for NY this spring. The team has great depth which gives them four effective lines to rotate through the game with some reliable players off the ice.
Both squads are dealing with late-season injuries.
They all were tone-setters, and not just on the goal. Interestingly enough, it's Kreider who led NY in goals this season with 28 and will be a huge factor in the series once again. And it will be even more hard of a task to earn another road victory.