May 19, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) misses a chance to score a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) as defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) defends during the first period in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily Recap: Rangers take 2-0 lead


Last night in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens looked to tie their series with the New York Rangers in Montreal.

New York Rangers – 3 Montreal Canadiens – 1 (Rangers lead series 2-0)

*With Carey Price scheduled to miss the rest of the NHL playoffs, the Canadiens turned to rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski. The results weren’t bad as he made 27 saves on 30 shots. Unfortunately for him and the Canadiens, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves on 41 shots to give the Rangers a commanding 2-0 series lead, taking both games in Montreal. The Canadiens opened the scoring in the first on a goal by Max Pacioretty, but the Rangers tied things up less than 30 seconds later thanks to Ryan McDonagh and took the lead with 1:02 remaining in the period on a goal by Rick Nash, which turned out to be the game-winner. Lundqvist did the rest, including stopping 19 third period shots from the Canadiens while the Rangers added one more off the stick of Martin St. Louis. P.K. Subban had a game-high nine shots for Montreal. The Rangers power play went 1 for 3 while the Canadiens failed to cash in on four power play chances. Game three is Thursday in New York.

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