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?

 

1,120 Comments

  1. canadiens26 says:

    Worst lead in hockey

  2. PrimeTime says:

    Not sharp but it will get better

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  3. donmarco says:

    Habs getting their chances. If they keep it up, it’s only a matter of time.

  4. Storman says:

    If you are at the game can you go near the Rangers bench and squirt one of the Canadiens with water as he skates by the Ranger bench.

  5. shakey says:

    we will get chances this series – have to bury them

  6. Mondou6 says:

    How did we not score on a 2 on 0 from ten feet away.

  7. habs-fan-84 says:

    A month ago, Patch puts that in.

  8. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Dammit patch!!!

  9. PrimeTime says:

    It’s all but over , Boone. Pack it in.

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  10. Habcouver says:

    Habs will find their groove.

  11. Coach K says:

    NY transition if very fast…gonna need a lot more support from the forwards if they wan to survive this.

    That last view of the breakout from PK’s perspective showed that the forwards are 2 zones away. They ‘re giving their defense nothing to work with. better make the adjustment soon.

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

    • D Mex says:

      That’s why the long pass isn’t working. FWDs have to play closer then use their speed to get the puck before their D.

      • Coach K says:

        Exactly. Less gap between forwards and D in the neutral zone. They will need to make short outlet passes through the neutral zone in order to gain the o-zone. Execution on those passes will be the key.

        Build on the two penalty kills. One quick goal to start the second and it will be a different game.

        —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  12. Storman says:

    Time for a nap.

  13. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Were asleep. Nothing to do with the Rangers imo

  14. Mondou6 says:

    It’s going to be really hard to come back in this game. Rangers look fresher, and Henrik isn’t easy to beat when staked to a 2 goal lead.

    We’ll be stronger in Game 2. We just need to win of the first two games to get rolling.

  15. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Man we suck in day games. Thank you Gary Buttman.

  16. PK says:

    First Period of Game 1
    They will get better.

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  17. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Lots of time… Habs will turn in on

  18. danhabsfan says:

    Ok, if we as fans knew that this Ranger team is similar to the Habs, why weren’t the Boys ready for this?

  19. Fansincebirth says:

    boys don’t look fully engaged yet

  20. Habbu says:

    Hughson in a much better mood now

  21. habs-fan-84 says:

    Intermission can’t come soon enough. They’ll be a different team in the 2nd.

  22. habs001 says:

    Can Plecks win one draw in his zone..just one…

  23. The Puckhound says:

    Plekenac can not win a drawing !
    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  24. shakey says:

    possession will be more important than dump and chase against this team

  25. Danno says:

    That long pass keeps failing and we get the faceoff in our zone over and over again. That’s no good

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  26. CJ says:

    PK needs to adjust. That’s two uncontested icings here through 10 minutes.

  27. Butterface says:

    Worm starting to turn….. we win this game 5-3

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  28. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Subban is killing me right now

  29. shakey says:

    ditch the stretch pass against this team

  30. the habinator says:

    When was it last when the habs eon a matinee game? Just saying. Facccck

  31. Fansincebirth says:

    we need the next one

  32. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Lots of time left

  33. shakey says:

    compete level coming back up

  34. duffy says:

    Cherry will be wetting his pants on coaches corner !!!!!

  35. The Jackal says:

    Lol here we go again. Bye SCF talk and hello new coach talk.

    Habs. Got. This.
    Habs in 6.

  36. PrimeTime says:

    Sometimes a cold shower is good!

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  37. DipsyDoodler says:

    Need to put Vanek back with DD and Patches.
    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  38. Habilis says:

    Worst possible start and we still haven’t had any sustained pressure. Not good.

  39. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Wtf Subban. Gain the line

  40. NLhabsfan says:

    Well to be expected ..let down from the B’s 2 zip won’t last

  41. Storman says:

    If The Canadiens continue to have as much energy as i have for this matinee game we are fu..ed

  42. ths says:

    Fire Terrien and get Guy Boucher in here for the 2nd !!!!!!!!

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  43. habsfan0 says:

    Pretty much as expected, Habs getting off to slow start in Game 1 after emotional series vs Bruins.

  44. Et le but says:

    Lots and lots of time left… hoping this wakes us up

  45. habsinnyc says:

    Of course McGuire mentions the Gomez/McDonagh trade.

  46. davecessna says:

    I said so, these guys want to win, the Bruins didn’t. We’re getting schooled in every possible way.

  47. habs-fan-84 says:

    Matinee’s are lame.

  48. Peter Young says:

    Dominic Moore comes back to kill us. Always liked Moore.

  49. Fansincebirth says:

    time to hand out the smelling salts!

  50. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Wake up. Loooooots of time left

  51. CJ says:

    Gionta lost three puck battles on that goal. Need to adjust.

  52. danhabsfan says:

    This is BiG trouble, where are the Habs?

  53. D Mex says:

    Gorges with an ” all out ” effort in the corner. On his knees – again. Just sayin’ …

  54. habsfaninboston says:

    Come on guys!

  55. habs-fan-84 says:

    Speed kills.

  56. Danno says:

    Blame on the matinee.

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  57. Habbu says:

    Looking dazed and confused

  58. Et le but says:

    Timeout?

  59. habsinnyc says:

    Shakey — Killed on EVERYTHING.

  60. UKRAINIANhab says:

    WTF

  61. Fansincebirth says:

    Ruh Roh……

  62. CJ says:

    Wake up boys. Wake up!

  63. shakey says:

    killed on face-offs

  64. The Puckhound says:

    Is this going to be another afternoon snoozer?

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

  65. PrimeTime says:

    Is it necessary for Boone to keep warning of the impending doom??

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  66. habsinnyc says:

    Faceoffs are 7-1 Rags. CH better wake up.

  67. turneria says:

    Get the puck on net! Screw the pretty passes and set ups!! Go Habs go

  68. bman123 says:

    CH looking slow out there.

  69. habsfor25 says:

    This games far from over but stats scare me. First team to score first usually wins the game. Hmmm. We’re facing a fast team, let’s see if we can keep up

  70. The Puckhound says:

    Who the hell was Plekanec checking on the 1 st goal?

  71. PrimeTime says:

    Seems a bit of a let down after a great Habs Bruins series. This one will pick up

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  72. Habilis says:

    Fackin St. Louis is gonna be awesome this series, isn’t he?

  73. Fansincebirth says:

    I appreciate the sentiment for MSL but how many times are we going to have to hear about his Mom in this series?

  74. D Mex says:

    Lundquist : ” Can we go home now ? ” lol !


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