The NHL Eastern Conference Finals kicked off yesterday as the Montreal Canadiens hosted the New York Rangers.
New York Rangers – 7 Montreal Canadiens – 2 (Rangers lead series 1-0)
*Martin St. Louis opened the scoring for the Rangers just 4:35 into the game and the rest of the team didn’t let up from there. The Canadiens actually cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Rene Bourque at 12:38 of the second period, but the Rangers got two goals in the final minute of the second by Chris Kreider and Brad Richards to take a 4-1 lead into the locker room. Carey Price, who had given up four goals on 20 shots, started the third period on the bench. Partly due to the score, partly due to a possible injury suffered in the middle frame. Canadiens back-up Peter gave up three goals on eight shots in the third. Rick Nash broke his NHL playoff scoring slump as well, scoring his first goal of the postseason. Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves in victory and the Rangers went three for seven on the power play, but did give up a shorthanded goal.