Liveblog: Conference Final Game 1 – Canadiens annihilated 7-2 by Rangers in series opener

St. Louis

Total domination

The Rangers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by diminutive dynamos Martion St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello during a first period in which they had a 12-6 shot advantage.

After Rene Bourque's goal cut the lead to one, Chris Kreider and Brad Richards beat Carey Price in the last 61 seconds of the second period.

Peter Budaj replaced Price for the third period and surrendered three power-play goals.

Lars Eller got one during Garbage Time.

The Rangers outshot the Canadiens 28-22 and dominated from start to finish.

Pouring it on

Within the first five minutes, the Rangers got power-play goals from Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash to snuff any remotre hope of a CH miracle.

Peter Budaj had replaced Carey Price for the final 20 minutes.

Lars Eller scored a lovely unassisted goal long after it mattered.

Comeback snuffed

Rene Bourque brought the building to life when he beat Henrik Lundqvist to make it a one-goal game.

The euphoria didn't last.

After withstanding some pressure, the Rangers got two goals – from Chris Kreider and Brad Richards – in the period's last 61 seconds.

Canadiens outshot the visitors 10-8.

Game 2 is Monday night.

These ain't the Bruins

The Rangers used their speed and forechecking tenacity to dominate the home team for 20 minutes.

Shots were 12-6 and the visitors got goals, into wide-open nets, by Martin St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello.

Rene Bourque took two hooking penalties.

The Canadiens were awful.

Buckle up for a fast ride

Your Montreal Canadiens face a Conference final opponent that eschews rock 'em/sock 'em intimidation in favour of skating and skill.

Not unlike your Montreal Canadiens.

The Rangers have excellent team speed, epitomized by ageless Martin St. Louis.

New York has a red-hot goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist, who was as brilliant against Pittsburgh as Carey Price was against Boston ... and David Krejci is no Sidney Crosby.

The Rangers have a solid, six-deep defence corps, led by – pause for gnashing of teeth – Ryan McDonagh.

And Alain Vigneault is a good coach.

The teams are very evenly matched, and fans can look forward to fast-paced, entertaining and thuggery-free hockey.

It's an early afternoon start to accommodate NBC. Puck drops 1:10ish.

• Every remaining game in the series will begin at 8 p.m. There will be two-day gaps between Games 2-3 and 3-4. Game 7, if it goes that far, will be on Sunday, May 31.

What this team has done for Montreal

The Canadiens have made a bet with Jimmy Fallon

• Pre-game reading: The great Teemu Selanne talks about his career, including unfond memories of Pierre Gauthier. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick tweeted: Congrats to Teemu on a HOF career, it was an honor to play against him. 

Do you suppose Quick threatened to kill Selanne in the handshake line?



  1. Arnou Ruelle says:

    The team is pretty much a banged up bunch right now. MT has to regroup his ‘men’ for game 2. Also, Rangers’ Dmen have speed. Habs need one more speedy guy at the back end to supplement their offence. Probably Boullion or Pateryn could help and replace Markov or Emelin.

    Chucky is in probably to replace Prust.

  2. thebonscott says:

    Let’s be honest, they wouldn’t have beaten any team with that level of play.

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      Interesting comment from one the ppl. from HNIC saying the Rangers were ‘standing’ while the Habs are ‘sitting’ during a powerplay.

  3. habsfaninboston says:

    We can only hope they come prepared for the next game.

  4. Chris says:

    Well, people won’t be looking past the Rangers anymore.

  5. Mondou6 says:

    Price is hurt. He was limping to the dressing room.

    Without him in top form, we’re totally f-ed.

  6. johnnylarue says:

    Typical CBC: no star for either Prust or Bourque, who both played a vital role in the outcome of this game.

  7. Cdnman1 says:

    Should be a response in game two.

  8. Strummer says:

    This all CBC’s fault. Everyone knows they hate the Habs and Hughson sounds giddy when they lose
    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  9. Commandant says:

    One of the best Habs teams ever, lost game 1 to the Rangers in 1979 in a stinker after an emotional series vs Boston… If that team can have an Emotional Letdown, so can this one.

    Series far from over.

    Go Habs Go!

  10. The Puckhound says:

    1st star….NBC for the game to start at 1pm!

    Habs were too dopey today!

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  11. Storman says:

    Bob Gainey star number 1, Ryan McDonagh 4 pts star number 2

  12. Danno says:

    Wow. Brutal.

    Habs fell into the trap of thinking the Rags would be easy.

    Time to regroup, make adjustments and turn the page.


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  13. shakey says:

    wake up call indeed.

  14. WAR72 says:

    Better to get hammered in game one than game seven.
    Still a lotta series to go…

  15. big_green_puffin says:

    I feel bad for fans that paid $400-500 for tickets to this crap! Geoff Molson should refund all the tickets sold as an apology for this crap show!

  16. VerdunHab says:

    Not fun to watch and not ideal…but honestly it was a little expected. Rather get blown out like this than lose in OT to be honest. WAKE UP CALL!! Get Galchenyuk in next game for Prust please.

  17. habs-fan-84 says:

    Meh, it happens.

  18. zip by says:

    rangers in 4

  19. Storman says:

    Canadiens played a solid pre season game

  20. trolly says:

    Rangers 7 – Keystone Cops 2

  21. big_green_puffin says:

    And Vanek gives it away!

  22. big_green_puffin says:

    Can’t even set up on a 5-3! This team is an embarrassment

  23. smiler2729 says:

    All’s I know is in any sport when you blow out another team in a game, the following game ya fire blanks…

    And Desharnais has been especially shitty today

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  24. Commandant says:

    “NOW they’re aggressive” – Boone

    Good… I want to see them angry… they had no emotion today. Get angry now is a good sign.

    Go Habs Go!

  25. Strummer says:


    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  26. ont fan says:

    This spanking won’t hurt like the Bruins come from behind 5 to 3. Regroup and move on. Weren’t ever really in it. Now you know what you’re in for.

  27. Mondou6 says:

    Refs blatantly trying to even up the penalties now that the game is over. So ridiculous.

  28. danhabsfan says:

    Pull Budaj

  29. habsinnyc says:

    Be nice to see PK get a bomb off. Crazy for a Ranger to try and block it. Or if he does. He might get a boo boo.

  30. Habcouver says:

    I blame those at the Bell singing Ole when it was 2-1!,,

    • smiler2729 says:

      That stupid Ole Ole is the most embarrassing thing about being a Habs fan

      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • CanadiensPride says:

      Never heard it. Only taunting Lundqvist. Besides , that chant is a rally cry, unlike the Heeey Goodbye song.

  31. habs-fan-84 says:

    That a boy Gallagher.

  32. big_green_puffin says:

    Ya, I wish they’d put white in! He plays fast, works his ass off, and can win draws! I am a big White fan

  33. RockinRey says:

    Look forward to ALN tomorrow Boone to see what kind of spin you can put on this debacle.

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    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  34. Max says:

    Yeah,they are really playing that up.Stuff happens. Time to move on from that angle.

  35. homerbowen says:

    Disappointed to see us acting like the Bruins, running at players and trying to start a fight. Prust should know better and deserves to sit next game. Our little guys have disappeared……….Boy can the Rangers skate, guess we better try that on Monday or the boys will be golfing with Lucic sooner than they hoped. Vanek…is he worth $8Mil….I think not.

  36. habsinnyc says:

    On the bright side, faceoffs are even.

  37. habs-fan-84 says:

    Make their shot blocking penalty killers pay. Big shots from the point.

  38. Laramy87 says:

    Rangers are also not as good as the score indicates

  39. big_green_puffin says:

    Maybe we throw Murray in to obliterate some of their forwards and make them think about it! But then again!

  40. habs001 says:

    One game meaningless…Habs were picked to lose after the game 4 o/t lose to Boston and game 5 lose…Next 2 games will be the true story…In this game the Habs D does not look like it is the right mix vs the Rangers…

    • Strummer says:

      Agree. One game does not a series make

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  41. Max says:

    The NHL has a hard on over a big city American final.L.A or Chicago vs New York.Horribly reffed game game.

  42. WindsorHab-10 says:

    How fitting that Bourque & Prust are in the penalty box. Easy decision for MT. They both sit in favor of Galchenyuk & White. With the exception of Eller, the rest of the team sucked. I hope we have a lot better showing Monday or you know what.

  43. Cdnman1 says:

    Ref trying even up the stats.

  44. stephen says:

    Didn’t the Kings get pasted pretty badly earlier on in these playoffs?

    I know we ain’t the Kings and all, but…merde happens, no?

  45. big_green_puffin says:

    We had possession, why’d they blow it dead?

  46. Davey93 says:

    Now they’re making the calls, whata bunch of useless refs

  47. tab says:

    They still can’t say Alex’s name right and they are professional communicators.

  48. RockinRey says:

    Rangers feel dangerous every time they cross the line. I dont get a good feeling when they are in habs end. Regardless of who is in net.

    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  49. habs-fan-84 says:

    Good PP practice.

  50. Mondou6 says:

    Montreal played Seattle in the 1919 playoffs?

    Was each game two weeks apart to take into train travel?

  51. WVHabsfan says:

    Nice point 84

  52. johnnylarue says:

    Larry is for real.

  53. Danno says:

    Eller makes it respectable!

    Well, not quite…


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  54. habs-fan-84 says:

    Good for Eller. He’s had a great playoff. Bell Centre should be ashamed of themselves for blowing the horn and playing the “goal” song.

  55. Laramy87 says:

    Sucks to be embarrassed at home, but embarrassing losses can be a good thing.
    They will come out motivated Monday. Gotta rattled Lungqvist

  56. Clay says:

    Que the comeback lol

    ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

  57. habsfaninboston says:

    Good job sticking with it Larry.

  58. big_green_puffin says:

    Good! Maybe that’ll rattle lundquist

  59. shakey says:

    thank you eller for not quitting

  60. Storman says:

    If we score a goal every minute left of this game we will only lose 7-6

  61. habs001 says:

    I know there is a great love on this site for Plecks…He has talent but to me he has been one of the most over praised player on this site..63 playoff games -18….13 goals…many big games he lacks intensity…he loses so many draws in his zone but i give him credit as they dont usually get scored on it…Every year whoever he plays with they are the worst line in getting hemmed in their zone regularly… He has scored some big goals and in certain games has done a good job of not allowing the other teams top line to score even though those lines get so many chances ..Maybe he has a knack where the lines he checks dominate the play but dont score…

  62. tab says:

    Time to run lundquist and set tone for game 2, no fight out there

  63. Habs1234 says:

    Mandatory Sunday Meeting – Béliveau, Lafleur, Lapointe, H Richard, Cournoyer, Savard, Dryden, Robinson are coming in for a little chat

  64. jimlahey says:

    Prust sitting next game?

  65. Peter Young says:

    Bourque trying hard to win the contest with Prust in the race to be dropped for the next game.

    • Strummer says:

      Everyone sucked today.

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  66. Danno says:

    But, but, Bork scored all of the Habs goals!!! 😆


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  67. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …need something to spark emotions

    …short of homicide of course 🙂

  68. jrshabs1 says:

    Where’s all the Timo hate now? I hope all the experts slowly chew on the rotten egg that the Habs have given you this afternoon.
    Bottom line…don’t hate on the guy who see’s both sides of the coin.
    Monday we will see a different team, like it or not the boys needed this.

    Go Habs Go!!!!!

  69. habs-fan-84 says:

    Need a fight!

  70. Mark C says:

    Rangers sure like to embellish whenever touched.

  71. Donkey Hoat says:

    The most pressing question of this game: who replaces Ginette Reno for the anthem?

  72. Cdnman1 says:

    It was an elbow… Another selfish one.

  73. The Puckhound says:

    Hat trick #17!

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  74. Storman says:

    And to top off this day,, Iphone annoying Gigantic commercial.

  75. habsfaninboston says:

    Bork hat trick of penalties.

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