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16 April 2017, 02:25 | Clarence Schmidt
Fresh off a 2-0 victory behind netminder Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers look to take command of their Eastern Conference first-round series when they visit the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 on Friday night.
After the Canadiens took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, the Rangers got goals from Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello within a span of five minutes to take a 3-2 lead that almost held for the rest of the game. "There were some scrambles where it looked like they were getting stuff happening, but I thought we kept them to the outside". "I see a young man, a young player that's trying to put his game together at both ends, that 200-foot game you want any player on your team to play", coach Alain Vigneault said.
Friday night's game was a series of bursts. Calvert received a minor penalty for cross-checking on Friday when he chased down Kuhnhackl away from the play and hit the Penguins forward in the head with his stick, which broke in the process. "That's where they created their second and third chances".
But the playoffs are a different beast and the Rangers came within 17.3 seconds of taking a stranglehold on this series.
"We played the game we wanted to".
But the Wild realize they're better off continuing to use their speed, depth and faceoff dominance toward the scoring chances that were in abundance over the first two games only to be thwarted by goalie Jake Allen. "We did a pretty good job". Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 39 saves, once again filling in for the injured Matt Murray, and received plenty of help. Pittsburgh blocked 23 shots before they even got to Fleury.
The Rangers, who had the best road record in the National Hockey League during the regular season, had won six of the previous seven playoff games in Montreal, dating back to Game 3 of the 1996 Eastern Conference quarter-finals.
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Montreal got goals from Petry and Paul Byron in the first period. He had six points (3 G, 3 A) in the last six games of the regular season before being held off the scoresheet in Game One of the series.
"It's never easy to sleep after an overtime loss, but it's a playoff series", center Derek Stepan said in Montreal on Saturday, as the team stayed over Friday night then returned to NY in the morning. It'd be almost impossible for the Garden crowd to match the raucousness off the Bell Centre - and too many times during the regular season MSG had a volume appropriate for a library - but if the games continue in such fashion there should be enough energy in the building.
The Rangers probably could have iced to puck to get a stoppage so Lundqvist could get a new stick, but they elected to keep the play going.
Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers have a five-game home playoff losing streak.
But Montreal made the most of an opportunity to score its first goal of the series.
Cam Talbot stopped all 16 shots he faced for his first career playoff shutout and Edmonton's first postseason win since 2006.
Heading into the second period, the Rangers appeared to settle in quite a bit and took control for a majority of the period.
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