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Will the Rangers win series against Montreal?

16 April, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner scores the first goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during first-period Game 2 NHL Stanley Cup first-round playoff hockey game action Friday

Fresh off a 2-0 victory behind netminder Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers look to take command of their Eastern Conference first-round series when they visit the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 on Friday night.

Radulov jammed the puck in from the edge of the crease after a feed from Max Pacioretty.

Montreal's Tomas Plekanec scored with 18 seconds remaining in the third before Alexander Radulov won it in overtime with 1:26 left on the clock.

Michael Grabner showed us why he scored 27 goals this season and it was the Grabner we were used to seeing as he was able to make Carey Price look foolish on a handsome breakaway goal. It was Radulov's first career overtime goal in the postseason and his first career three-point playoff game.

Lundqvist answered by stopping Byron on a breakaway, and then Nathan Beaulieu lost the puck at the Rangers blue line, allowing Grabner to go in alone and deke Price and score with the backhand at 13:48.

Brandon Saad scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots.

A melee broke out when Steve Ott flattened Zuccarello and it was the Rangers who seemed to get a lift from it as they tied it 9:58 into the second. With Montreal on a slow line change, Jimmy Vesey took a pass at the blue line and sent Nash in alone for a flawless shot in off the far post. Instead of putting arguably his best pairing in Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith on the ice, he opted for Holden and Staal, and the Canadiens tied the game with 17 seconds remaining.

But Montreal made the most of an opportunity to score its first goal of the series.

In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists as the Penguins downed Columbus, 4-1.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 14, 2017.

Any fears surrounding the defending Stanley Cup champions and their goalie situation should be gone by this point.

"Obviously they're going to have their push there", said third-line winger JT Miller.

As time ticked on, with the Rangers clinging to a 3-2 advantage, the Canadiens appeared destined to end up in a hole few teams in the history of the game have been able to dig themselves out of.

"I'm trying to keep up with them for the most part", Crosby said.

"I think more importantly we're excited to feel the energy of our home crowd, the way Montreal fed off their home crowd [Friday] night".

"Sometimes you get a lot of chances and you cannot bury those, and Henrik played good and you can't say nothing about it", said Radulov. "Good season or not so good season individually, it's a fresh start, and that goes for the team as well".

Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the post-season, while Patric Hornqvist pushed in an empty-netter.

Fleury finished with 39 saves while filling in for the injured Matt Murray. The Penguins blocked another 23 shots before they even got to the goaltender. The Rangers also lost that game 4-3 in overtime. We made some good plays, too, to stay in this game and we had a good chance to win it. They were again frustrated by a determined Blues defensive corps, which has kept Minnesota's forwards to the outside and limited chances in front of Allen.



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