Rangers Beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

  • Rangers Beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

Rangers Beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

Lose a tight game, as the Montreal Canadiens did to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, and the search for answers goes late and resumes early.

Ready for playoff hockey? "That's the Stanley Cup Playoffs".

The Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs in the East, and Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames in the West all reached the playoffs, but their paths are challenging as the top three teams in each conference are USA -based.

The Montreal Canadiens are into the playoffs as the Atlantic Division champions. Many teams came close: Vancouver in 2011, Ottawa in 2007, Edmonton in 2006, and Calgary in 2004.

Montreal is also +700 to win the East. "But I don't know if I had a Grade-A (chance)". The previous 82 games are thrown out the window, and all that matters is the here and now. He had the Rangers wear t-shirts during his first training camp in 2013 bearing the slogan "clean slate - grab it!"

"It's going to be something as the series goes on we're going to have to find ways to get pucks past him because (Carey Price) is so good". That means special units must be at their peak form.

The Canadiens had chances, especially while outshooting NY 16-5 in the first period. Kevin Hayes had four, and Mats Zuccarello's two hits were hunormous. However, that didn't result in them extending their lead.

Henrik Lundqvist got over his troubles with the Montreal Canadiens in a hurry.

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates at the bench after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. He not only kept the Rangers in the game when the Canadiens pressured, but he reeled in a massive shutout to start the playoffs on a high note. Galchenyuk scored 30 goals last season, but has gone downhill since. However, the Canadiens won all three regular season matchups this year and will be looking for revenge three years removed from being denied a shot at the Cup, this time, with their top goaltender in net. Should this goal had gone in, history could have been quite different. "A great play by (Glass)". From that faceoff play, which we actually won, we got a stick on it and the backhand ended up top shelf.

Frank Vatrano added a goal for Boston in his first National Hockey League playoff game, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.

Up front, coach Claude Julien has a surplus of healthy players. Among all skaters who played at least 750 minutes at 5-on-5 this season, no one was on the ice for fewer goals against per 60 minutes of ice time than Weber was (1.27 per 60).

- The Capitals and Maple Leafs start Thursday in Washington, the Blackhawks host the Predators and Ducks host the Flames. Meanwhile the fourth line just came crashing and bashing in, creating their own space. "That's where I'm going to score goals". Andrew Shaw hit the post and then, moments later, defenseman Shea Weber snuck into the right circle for an attempt but was robbed by Lundqvist.

Or, to take Tomas Plekanec and slide him to the fourth line, having Galchenyuk at centre with Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher. It took the Rangers much of the period to generate any offensive pressure that included some power play opportunities.

The Rangers and Canadiens are two teams which thrive on speed and aren't normally involved in overly physical affairs. "You have a little bit of adversity but you regroup and get back at it". Why was the Rangers slow defensive corps able to neutralize their forecheck? Their forward depth has given them scoring throughout their lineup.

Game 1 goes tonight at the Bell Centre, a barn known for its impressive decibel level for regular season games.