Glass, Lundqvist help Rangers beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

Weber said the Canadiens have to put more pressure on Lundqvist.

This season has been Lundqvist's worst statistically.

Montreal has struggled to find the net at times during the regular season, but their style of play is built for the postseason.

Fired up by 1960s pop star Ginette Reno's national anthem, the Canadiens were all over NY in the opening period, but it was the Rangers who struck first 9:50 on only their third shot.

The Canadiens go into this series with a lot of success against the Rangers the past couple of seasons, going 3-0-0 against them in 2016-17 and outscoring them 12-7. The New York Rangers have won 10 of their last 15 games when allowing three or less goals. And in their opening game of 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he came through. Facing them is the Atlantic Division-winning Montreal Canadiens who bested the Rangers' point total by one.

Look who's back. A surprise starter in the net after a late injury to Matt Murray, old Pens hero Marc-Andre Fleury was back where he belongs - or at least some would like to think so - and he came up with 31 saves to ensure Pittsburgh's 3-1 Game 1 victory.

It was a battle of elite goalies playing at their highest level, but one big play from an unlikely source made the difference in Game 1 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Blackhawks: Center Artem Anisimov practiced for the first time since a March 14 foot injury and will play Thursday in Game 1 against the Predators. They nearly completely got away from that game plan in the second period and in the third their effort was simply not always there. The Rangers won the series in six games before losing to the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. I figure he has one more good playoff season in his battered body. He played well in game one and fore checked hard with Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen. There were a number of highlights from this game, including Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recording his10th career playoff shutout, which broke the Rangers' record previously held by Mike Richter. But nothing clicked. Plus the Rangers did a good job of recovering rebounds and Lundqvist, after a nervous-looking start, was solid in the final two periods. The fans were ready, showing up early for Wednesday's 7 p.m. start for Game 1 against the New York Rangers to take part in the pre-game Fan Jam party outside the Bell Centre, complete with a large ferris wheel.

Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots. "I'm just focused on this series and Game 1". Blue Jackets RW Oliver Bjorkstrand had awesome possession numbers (16 for, 1 against, 94.1 CF%, 5-1 scoring chances) at Pittsburgh...

The Edmonton Oilers had all the momentum after the first 20 minutes against the San Jose Sharks Wednesday.

Frank Vatrano added a goal for Boston in his National Hockey League playoff game, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves. Even more troublesome is that the offense, which has impressed all season, is the aspect of their play that was changed, rather than the defensive strategy which has been overwhelmingly disappointing.

Likely, no other words spoken post game by Glass or his teammates or his coach summed things up better because the Rangers bucked recent - and not so recent - trends, and perhaps conventional wisdom, in skating to a 1-0 series lead on the road Wednesday.

  • Julie Sanders