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The New York Rangers took a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Championship against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. After winning the first two games a combined score of 10-3, the Rangers will be heading back to New York with a lot of confidence.
At the start of this series, it looked to be a goalie rematch of the 2014 Winter Olympics gold medal match in men’s hockey – Henrik Lundqvist vs. Carey Price. However, this didn’t last long after Price went down with a post-season ending knee injury in game one of the series. “We’ve lost our best player,” head coach Michel Therrien told The Toronto Star. Therrien had to turn to Dustin Tokarski to play in net, but in the end the true starting goalie shined.
It was Tokarski’s first playoff appearance and only his 11th appearance in a professional game. Tokarski, who saved 27 of 30 shots, played a solid game, but his counterpart played lights out. Lundqvist made 40 saves going 19-19 in the third period. He was lights out after letting up the first goal of the game.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 20, 2014
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It looked as if the Canadiens were in control at the beginning, getting the first five shots of the game and scoring the first goal. But it only took 17 seconds for that to all change.
The Rangers got their revenge, as Ryan McDonagh tied the game with a long shot deflected off a Canadiens defender’s leg. Even after the first goal, the Canadiens seemed to keep control until just over a minute left in the first period when Rick Nash scored his second goal of the postseason, according to Bleacher Report.
Nash, who scored his first postseason goal in game one, had been struggling most of these playoffs. In game one, he scored the seventh goal of the game to give the Rangers a 7-1 lead in the third. Just an added stat, this goal also seemed to motivate Nash because he scored the game winning goal last night against the Canadiens.
The Rangers are now taking a 2-0 series lead back to New York for game three on Thursday.