Lundqvist shuts down Habs as Rangers take Game 1
- Author: Regina Holmes Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 14:40
With just under five minutes to play in a second period that saw the Rangers assert themselves in front of Carey Price, and with NY forward J.T. Miller serving a penalty for delay of game, Lundqvist stared down Montreal's best chances.
He was seemingly the eighth defenseman on the current roster, behind Kevin Klein, but that might not be the case.
The Rangers finished fourth in the ultra-tough Metropolitan Division with 102 points.
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A major factor in Montreal's favour is in head to head meetings with NY. The 35-year-old has not shut out an opponent since January 22 and surrendered an average of 3.11 goals since the start of March. However, that didn't result in them extending their lead. However, Lundqvist struggles in games at the Bell Centre. He also had some injury concerns. Henrik Lundqvist was in goal for all three losses to the Canadiens this season and his career numbers against the Canadiens are downright ugly - a 14-17-3 record, a 2.87 goals-against average and an.898 save percentage.
Now the Rangers get to do it all over again, Friday night, Game Two, at the Bell Centre.
Julien likened it to 2014 when he was coaching Boston and the Bruins were upset in the second round by Montreal, who had former scoring star Danny Briere on the fourth line.
Phil Kessel had two points, a goal and an assist, to continue his stellar streak of playoff excellence.
New York's depth came through in what was a tight affair.
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However, when facing a team with a different style of play, the coaches were too quick to change the strategy that has made them successful all season. Julien had recently been fired by the Bruins. Montreal defensemen Shea Weber and Jordie Benn are expected to be back in time for Game 1.
Game 2 is Saturday in Ottawa.
Five years into his National Hockey League career, Alex Galchenyuk was supposed to be the high-scoring center on the Montreal Canadiens' top line. In fourteen series, only twice have the Rangers managed to hold a two game advantage.
It can not and will not be as simple for the Rangers as to play such a similar game on Friday. They allowed a half-goal fewer per game under Julien than under Therrien.
Some coaches like to review the full game tape themselves - Julien said he often does - others leave it to their coaching assistants to go over their area of influence (special teams, defencemen, forwards and so forth). While Price played very well for the Canadiens, Lundqvist was the best player on the ice on Wednesday night.
He made the most saves ever recorded against the Wild in their 16-season history. Lundqvist's form since returning from a hip injury, and for large parts of the season has been below his best, and Glass has been enemy number one for man, toiling away in the AHL for the majority of the year.
The Original Six opponents met in the Eastern Conference Final in the spring of 2014, a series that saw the Canadiens lose goaltender Carey Price in Game 1 in a collision with Rangers winger Chris Kreider. Dustin Tokarski took over.
"They play fast for 82 games and so do we", said Pacioretty. The Rangers won 3-2.
The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead only for the veteran Sharks to come back and tie the game with just over 15 minutes to play. Even Claude Julien's experimental fourth line with Alex Galchenyuk, Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen got in on the attack as they rarely left the Rangers zone in the first period. More specifically can this be the year that the Montreal Canadiens win their 25th Cup and parade it down Ste.