Stanley Cup Playoffs | First Round
Game 1 | Wednesday April 12, 2017 | Rangers lead series 1-0  

Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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0-2

RANGERS
New York

(Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Danault – Radulov
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
King – Shaw – Lehkonen
Galchenyuk – Ott – Martinsen

Markov – Weber
Benn – Petry
Beaulieu – Nesterov

Goaltenders

Price
Montoya

Scratches

Torrey Mitchell, Brian Flynn, Michael McCarron, Alexei Emelin, Brandon Davidson

Injured Reserve

Game Report

So what happened to the notion that Henrik Lundqvist couldn’t win at the Bell Centre?  Another one of those false narratives. We have been trying to prepare Canadiens fans for a week that this was going to be a tougher series than many were predicting.

The Rangers are a very good road team, in fact, the best in the NHL during the regular season. And just like that New York has stolen home-ice advantage in this series. 

In Game 1, the Rangers got a first period lead on a flukey goal and then effectively employed the trap for two-and-a-half periods. The Canadiens, offensively challenged at the best of times, could not find the passing or shooting lanes for many grade A scoring chances. And Montreal did not effectively drive to the net to get to Lundqvist rebounds.

The Canadiens came out flying and controlled the first period with a 16-5 shot advantage. But it was Tanner Glass, owner of one regular-season marker, who put the Rangers on board with the only goal that mattered in this game.

The Habs came out deflated in the second period after dominating the first but finding themselves on the wrong side of the score. As a result, Carey Price had to perform his magic to keep the game close. Price earned the third star for the night.

In addition to Price, Shea Weber was a stand out. In just over 24 minutes of ice-time, Weber was a force both offensively and defensively proving his post-season value to the handful of doubters that remain.

The Rangers Alain Vigneault gets the nod in the coaching matchup. Claude Julien’s decisions to ice Nikita Nesterov and place Alex Galchenyuk on the fourth line are sure to be questioned in advance of Game 2.

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▲     Carey Price, Shea Weber, Andrei Markov, Jeff Petry, Jordie Benn, Max Pacioretty

▼     Nathan Beaulieu, Nikita Nesterov, Brendan Gallagher, Phillip Danault

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   RANGERS
31 Shots 31
50% Face-offs 50%
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 4
20 Penalty Minutes 8
53 Hits 45
 68 Corsi For  60
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (0-1) 0 0 0 0
 Rangers (1-0) 1 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: No scoring. 
  • NYR: Glass (1), Grabner (1) – EN 
  • MTL: Price (L) 0-1
  • NYR: Lundqvist (W) 1-0
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1.  Henrik Lundqvist  NYR
  2.  Tanner Glass  NYR
  3.  Carey Price  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “We aren’t necessarily going to make changes. It’s more about adjustments and being better in certain areas of our game. Nothing surprised us [in Game 1]. We expected this type of game. We expected a tight series and that’s the way it is right now.”

Carey Price

  • “It’s just one game. It’s a seven-game series. We aren’t going to win 16 straight games. We would like to, but we got what we got, and we’re going to move forward.”

Steve Ott

  • “It’s a percentage-based game. [Henrik Lundqvist] is a great goaltender, but when you’re putting up quality scoring chances, you’re going to find a way to score goals. For us, the mindset is clean a few things up, continue to pound pucks and get through that traffic, and we’ll find ways to score. We play that brand of hockey. We should be on the right side of things.”

Andrew Shaw

  • “It feels tight out there. We’ve still got to bear down and dig down, work through the coverage and make sure we get to the net and get some chances. We were tight defensively on them as well. They got a goal, and we were chasing them the rest of the game.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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