Eastern Conference Finals: Game 2
Rangers lead 1-0
On Monday night, the Habs will try to even the score against the Rangers at the Bell Centre.
Playing in their first Conference Finals game in four years, the Canadiens were blitzed by a speedy New York squad on Saturday afternoon. The visitors scored in quick bursts early in the first period, with Martin St-Louis and Mats Zuccarello beating Carey Price on cross-crease plays within two minutes of each other. The Habs came out with a better team game in the second period and found themselves on the board thanks to a goal from Rene Bourque, but another two consecutive Rangers tallies at the dying moments of the period negated 19 minutes of solid work. With Peter Budaj drawing in for Price in the third, the Rangers added three powerplay goals before seeing Lars Eller reply with a short-handed marker.
The Ranger’s Chris Kreider collided heavily with Carey Price during the second period of Game 1. Price finished the period but was on the bench for the final frame. The netminder will be out for the rest of the series against New York. Coach Michel Therrien announced that he will confirm the identity of his starting goaltender on game day.
Alex Galchenyuk has been fully cleared for contact and practiced with his teammates throughout the week. He could return to the lineup at some point in this series.
Lars Eller had points on both Montreal goals on Saturday and leads all Habs forwards with 11 points. He and linemate Brian Gionta are the only players to score at four-on-five for Montreal so far this postseason.
Puck drop will be at 8:00PM E.S.T.
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