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Stanley Cup playoffs: Rangers blast Canadiens in Game 1

Stanley Cup playoffs: Rangers blast Canadiens in Game 1


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The NHL’s Eastern Conference finals between a New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens are off to a thespian start.

The Rangers scored 5 times in a 5-minute, 37-second widen over a second and third durations and blew out a horde Habs, 7-2, Saturday afternoon.

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Chris Kreider and Brad Richards scored 49 seconds detached in a second opposite Montreal goalie Carey Price to give New York a 4-1 lead. Before then, Montreal had seized a movement with Rene Bourque’s idea during 12:38 of a period. 

New York afterwards scored 3 times in a initial 4:36 of a third period, all on a energy play, to mangle open a diversion during Bell Centre.

Peter Budaj transposed Price to start a third. It wasn’t transparent either Price was pulled for bad play or for a probable right knee injury he suffered in a second when Kreider slid into him. Canadiens manager Michel Therrien pronounced after a diversion that a pierce was not injury-related.

Regardless, Budaj couldn’t branch a tide.

Ryan McDonagh ripped a one-time slap shot over Budaj’s glove and underneath a crossbar on a energy play during 1:28. At 4:11, with New York enjoying a two-man advantage. Martin St. Louis slid a cross-ice pass to Derek Stepan, who done no mistake with an open net. Twenty-five seconds later, with a Rangers on a 5-on-4 energy play, Rick Nash banked a wrist shot off Budaj to give New York a six-goal lead.

Montreal’s Lars Eller scored a shorthanded idea with 4 1/2 mins remaining for a final count.

In all, New York was awarded 7 energy plays to 3 for Montreal.

The start of a diversion was ideal for a Rangers as well. They scored twice in a game’s initial 7 mins and went to a sauce room ahead, 2-0.

Carey Price (AP Photo)

St. Louis began a scoring during 4:35 by converting a feed from Dominic Moore in front of a Montreal net. Less than dual mins later, during 6:27, Mats Zuccarello chipped a puck past Price.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 6 Montreal shots in a period. He finished with 20 saves. Lundqvist came into a array impassioned after heading a Rangers’ convene from a 3-1 array necessity in a East semifinals opposite a Pittsburgh Penguins.

The leader of this array will allege to a Stanley Cup Final opposite a leader of a Western Conference finals between a Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. Game 1 of that array will be 3 p.m. ET Sunday in Chicago (NBC).

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE

Game 1: New York 7, Montreal 2 (Rangers lead array 1-0)

Game 2: New York during Montreal, May 19, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Game 3: Montreal during New York, May 22, 8 p.m., NBCSN 

Game 4: Montreal during New York, May 25, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Game 5: New York during Montreal, May 27, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Game 6: Montreal during New York, May 29, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Game 7: New York during Montreal, May 31, 8 p.m., NBCSN

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