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National Hockey League scores: Canadiens blanked by Rangers in playoff opener

National Hockey League scores: Canadiens blanked by Rangers in playoff opener”

Montreal faces the New York Rangers in the opening game of the best-of-seven series Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.

The Rangers had the edge in the latest of playoff meetings between these two teams, defeating the Habs in six games during the 2014 Eastern Conference Final.

But there were no cracks in Lundqvist's armour, no apparent blemishes, and none of that unsteadiness that had produced a lifetime record of 6-10-2 and a save percentage well south of the.900 mark in Montreal. Montreal's defense will have a harder time shutting down plays if they aren't exactly sure who might take the shot. The Rangers have 10 previous participants.

That would normally spell certain doom for most teams in the National Hockey League, but you can't write off the Rangers no matter how much time they spend defending.

The Montreal fan base, known for its long memories, will nearly certainly let Kreider know they haven't forgotten. It's nearly as if the Habs told Galchenyuk to forget about the possibility of centre, his natural position, and to focus on the wing - which speaks volumes for a team lacking depth down the middle.

"I think that's been, I'd say, one of my strengths, I like to dissect games". But his performance in Game 1, while surprisingly the difference maker for the Rangers, should not be guarantee him a position in this lineup - his limited offensive capabilities have already been well established throughout his entire career. He had 23 points before being injured 25 games into the season and ended with 17 goals and 44 points in 61 games.

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"I was thinking pass to the point but I had a second there and I just wanted to get it up and lucky it went in", he explained. But it's absolutely not the type of play that will lead to Galchenyuk scoring goals. It was a tongue-in-cheek joke, sarcastically doubting that no one there worked for the opposition and was relaying information back to Montreal's coaching staff.

The Montreal Canadiens underwent a mid-season change when head coach Michel Therrien was sacked, with Claude Julien taking his place.

"I don't think there's any reason to panic here and I don't think there's any reason to make major changes to even show panic", Julien said Thursday.

Fired up by 1960s pop star Ginette Reno's national anthem, the Canadiens were all over NY in the opening period, but it was the Rangers who struck first 9:50 on only their third shot.

"Both teams are built for the playoffs in that sense".

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.

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"It's the playoffs - you can't win all 16 games straight", said Radulov. "But right now it really is about the team and everyone's got to bring something to the team no matter where they're playing". The Canadiens also have the luxury of Price peaking at the right time after experiencing some ups and more than a few downs during the regular season. Third-liner Michael Grabner was second in goals scored with 27 in 76 games.

The Rangers and Canadiens met three times this season with Montreal winning all three games.

"We got zero goals and that's not good, so we have to focus and get stronger".

"Starting on the road here will give us a good chance to establish our playoff game", Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. NY is also entering the playoffs without one of its best postseason performers in Derick Brassard who scored 18 goals in 59 playoff games the last four seasons. The Canadiens are dependent on one of the NHL's best goalies Carey Price.

"We had some looks but in the end it was more about finish", said head coach Claude Julien.

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