National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkMay 17, 2014 

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers opened the Eastern Conference finals with a loud statement, getting goals from seven different players in a 7-2 trouncing of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 from the Bell Centre. Ryan McDonagh led New York's scoring blitz with a goal and three assists, with Mats Zuccarello tallying once and adding two helpers to help make Henrik Lundqvist's first win in Montreal since 2009 a rather effortless one. Even the previously slumping Rick Nash got into the act for the Rangers, potting his first goal of these playoffs while also contributing an assist. Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis finished with a goal and an assist as well. Lundqvist, 0-3-1 with a 4.63 goals against average in his last four starts at Bell Centre, needed to make just 20 saves to end his recent struggles at the venue. Carey Price's afternoon wasn't as effective, as Montreal's standout goaltender was pulled after two periods after saving only 16-of-20 attempts. The Rangers then scored three times on eight chances against backup Peter Budaj in the third. Lars Eller had a goal and an assist for a Canadiens squad that will attempt to bounce back when they host Game 2 on Monday. Rene Bourque also scored in defeat.

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