The New York Rangers were able to defeat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their seven-game series.
In the first period, the New York Rangers were able to score the first goal of the series with a ridiculous backhand from Tanner Glass. Even though the Canadiens outshot the Rangers 16-5, Henrik Lundqvist looked fantastic in the first period.
Even though the Canadiens had more opportunities than the Rangers in the first period, the Rangers entered the second period with the lead. In the second period, the Rangers were the better team. However, that didn’t result in them extending their lead.
The Canadiens gave the Rangers a golden opportunity with a five on three power play, but the Rangers were unable to generate a shot in the 55 seconds. While Lundqvist was great in the first period, he was matched by Carey Price in the second period, as he saved all 13 shots that he faced.
In the third period, the Rangers continued to play well on the road, as they were able to hold on to a win. Late in the third period, Michael Grabner would seal the deal for the Rangers with an empty net goal.
The Canadiens were unable to get one past Lundqvist, and that was the story of the game. Coming into the playoffs, Lundqvist was a bit of a question mark for the Rangers. He didn’t have a great season, and he missed a good amount of time due to injury.
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After Game 1, all of those concerns have likely been put to rest. Lundqvist was fantastic in this game, as he totaled over 30 saves in the shutout win. While Price played very well for the Canadiens, Lundqvist was the best player on the ice on Wednesday night.
The Rangers will be playing again on Friday in Montreal, as they try to steal another road game from the Canadiens. After already taking one game in Montreal, the Rangers are in good shape to start the series.