New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist Shine in Game 1 vs Montreal Canadiens
Nichole Jefferson | April 17, 2017, 1:42
This isn't exactly what Alain Vigneault had in mind when the Rangers coach made a decision to play rugged winger Tanner Glass for Game 1 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Canadiens on Wednesday night at Bell Centre.
It was a battle of elite goalies playing at their highest level, but one big play from an unlikely source made the difference in Game 1 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
"We had a great first period and we should have been up 1-0 instead of being down", said Julien.
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. The Rangers won 3-2. Buchholz allowed six runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings against the New York Mets before the injury forced him to leave the game. The Canadiens thrived on third-period rallies this season, but had only six shots on goal Wednesday night.
The Canadiens are less reliant on Price than they were then, and NY boasts a deeper crop of forwards.
This season, Price has a save percentage of.923, while Lundqvist's save percentage is.910.
"He (Lundqvist) played well, for sure", said Weber.
Despite putting 31 shots on Henrik Lundqvist in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series against the New York Rangers, the Canadiens are still looking for their first goal. He logged 24:11, second-most among Boston defencemen, behind Zdeno Chara.
Montreal outshot NY 16-5 in the first period, but couldn't beat Lundqvist.
Montreal dictated the pace early on, controlling the puck and spending much of the first half of the opening frame in the Rangers' end.
The Canadiens meanwhile have really turned things up since the trade deadline and are starting to look more and more like the Cup contender we have grown to see over the years but they have a tough first round matchup here against the first wild card team from NY.
Lotta' hockey still to be played, but Wednesday was a hugely important night for Henrik Lundqvist. NY has a good roster which lets the team adjust lines on a nightly basis for in-game needs.
There was passion and hunger in the Rangers game. 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. And the Rangers should anticipate the continued matchup of Montreal's Brendan Gallagher and Mats Zuccarello. Uplifting for their respective teams.
NY limped into the playoffs, posting a 8-9-4 record from the end of February to drop out of contention for a spot in the Metro. It was a war out there. Look for the Rangers to play well again tonight and take a 2-0 series lead. And pressing for a goal late in the game, Galchenyuk moved onto the third trio with Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen. That would be awful form, and a bad waste of a special moment.
Patrik Berglund and Colton Parayko - The Blues were outshot badly in their 2-1 overtime win in Game One at Minnesota, and it showed in the numbers of Berglund (5 for, 18 against, 21.7 CF%, 1-9 scoring chances) and Parayko (14 for, 39 against, 26.4 CF%, 4-16 scoring chances).
No decision made by coach Alain Vigneault elicited more vitriol from the Rangers Faithful than Glass getting the nod over skilled rookie Pavel Buchnevich in the series opener.