Glass, Lundqvist help Rangers beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

  • Glass, Lundqvist help Rangers beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

Glass, Lundqvist help Rangers beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

OTTAWA, Ontario - Brad Marchand broke a tie with 2:33 left and the Boston Bruins held on to beat the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Watch the #Blueshirts come back to the locker room after taking a 1-0 series lead!

Quebec chanteuse and fan favourite, Ginette Reno, will be joining the Habs at the Bell Centre Wednesday night as they kick-off their playoff run against the New York Rangers.

Game 2 is Friday night. In how many games?

Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant. Lundqvist is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Price in a goaltending matchup that favours the home side. Maybe the Bruins fire Cassidy and replace him with Jack Capuano before the series starts.

Perhaps even more impressive was his work in the second period.

Game 4*: April 18 - Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers - 7 p.m. A healthy Shea Weber makes the Canadiens far more hard to play against, particularly in front of their net, than they have been in the past.

The Blueshirts and Canadiens will meet at Bell Centre for Game 1 of their first round series. Among other things, the Price was right as he ranked in the top-five in wins, goals-against-average, and save percentage.

"The skill and the willingness to make plays in the tight areas, that's where it has to come out", Vigneault said.

Rangers: This is an experienced veteran team, the core of which is three years removed from advancing to the Stanley Cup final.

But 98 hits in a 60-minute contest?

There was passion and hunger in the Rangers game.

Montreal Canadiens minus-150 vs. NY was fourth in the stacked Metropolitan at 48-28-6 for 102 points. Entertaining for the fans. Julien is sending a message to the young star that he needs a "higher compete level".

Hits are an objective statistic; but the final stat sheet credited NY with 45 hits and Montreal with 53. It was a war out there. They always bring a weird playoff performance and this year I think they pull it off. And it looks as though that's what they're going to do, putting Tanner Glass in the lineup over rookie Pavel Buchnevich. That would be bad form, and a awful waste of a special moment. But if the Rangers top players can create a physical imbalance, it might force the Canadiens to play their bottom-six forwards far more than they'd like and it will seriously curtail their offensive potential.

"We didn't put out there that Hank [Lundqvist] is going to have a hard time here", said NY coach Alain Vigneault. The team has great depth which gives them four effective lines to rotate through the game with some reliable players off the ice.

Michael Grabner added an empty-net goal with 1:10 left. And I'm exhausted of hearing how Chris Kreider's cheap shot injured him in Game 1 of the Conference final back in 2014.

The NHL's second season has arrived, and so begins the most grueling tournament in all of sports - the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Lundqvist carried NY in the first.

Glass played eight minutes.

Boston has injury troubles too, with Krug and Carlo both injured down the stretch.

"I'm not just saying that because they coached the Olympiques". Smart defensively, solid on the forecheck, playing physically, the Rangers fourth line helped make a difference in Wednesday night's win.

"You can see just your defensive-zone shifts from the second period, or what happened on the power-play or whatever, it's all right there", defenceman Jeff Petry said. The Canadiens also won the Stanley Cup that year.