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Lundqvist going for first win in Montreal since 2009

May 16, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is one of the main reason the New York Rangers have gotten to the Eastern Conference Final. If they are going to get any further though, Lundqvist will need to do better at Montreal’s Bell Centre than he has in quite a while.

Lundqvist has a career 3.87 GAA and .876 save percentage there and hasn’t won in Montreal since March 17, 2009, per Newsday.

“It’s so long since I’ve played there, I don’t really remember,” Lundqvist said.

He’s right. He hasn’t played there in over two years as both former coach John Tortorella and current bench boss Alain Vigneault have exclusively used their backup goaltenders in Montreal for the last two seasons.

“It just happened that way,” Vigneault said.

The Canadiens have home ice advantage in the upcoming series, so Lundqvist will get his first chance in a while to end that slump on Saturday (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC).

  1. 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Stay hot Henrik !

  2. rpiotr01 - May 16, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    To be fair to Hank, I also remember an inordinate number of odd man rushes and sketchy power plays in those disaster games in Montreal. Certainly not his best moments, but they’ve had a coupe team-wide debacles up there.

  3. stepanup - May 16, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    This Rangers team is much different from the past Rangers teams that couldnt play with Montreal. This team can skate better, and attack more, which you have to do against Montreal (as Boston learned). Add in the fact that the Rangers have been awesome on the road all season, and I would expect the Rangers to get a game or two in Montreal. Rangers in 6.

  4. montrealbbr - May 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Get ready for a rude awakening! Habs should easily win this game and series.

    • 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Getting nerves ? The other day you were calling for a sweep !

    • billiam55 - May 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      so dumb. and everyone said the same thing when the penguins were facing the rangers. bc past history shown pens always beat them and look what happened. u just cant make those type of predictions. its the playoffs. anything can happen.

  5. ragsrus - May 16, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Bbr, that’s what pens where saying last series. Keep dreaming. loser. Lol

    • montrealbbr - May 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      If Boston was playing New York everyone would be picking them and we all know New York wouldnt have a chance. Montreal beat Boston and you idiots in New York are dillusional if you think the Rangers have any shot at winning this series.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Yes but can Montreal get past the Rangers 5 goalies? It’s crazy how they have been turtling in front of Henry. It’s been effective enough to get them this far. Philly and Pittsburgh both had offenses with enough firepower but they couldn’t get past the 5 goalies for a large majority of the series. When they did, they won. Yet neither team could do it for 4 games.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Montreal is putting out the most goals per game by a significant margin. This is gonna be a great match up. I don’t think it’s gonna be as easy for Montreal as you may think, montrealbbr. Not saying they’re gonna lose but it’s not gonna be a blowout.

      • 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Congrats ! your the first one to call someone name in this series ! What a classy guy !

      • billiam55 - May 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        we actually have a great shot at beating u. dont be so cockey asshole.

      • stepanup - May 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        First, it’s delusional. If you’re going to insult, do it properly.

        Second, play style matters more in hockey than any other sport. The Habs were constructed to beat the Bruins. That does not mean the style will work against the Rangers. Frankly, the styles of these two teams are similar. The Rangers just have a better D-corps and more effective forward depth to utilize.

  6. nashernation - May 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    The Habs are playing real well but in Hockey the hot goalies and the teams with momentum are dangerous. The Rangers are running four lines consistently and their back line is stronger than the Bruins. I would be a little nervous Hab fans..

    • montrealbbr - May 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Right because Montreals fourth line of Briere, Weise and Prust have been so terrible. You must not have seen them dominate the Bruins fourth line that gets so much praise for being great. I guess you guys in New York are just as dumb as the idiots in Boston. Cant wait to rub it in your faces when you get dominated!!

      • stepanup - May 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        The Bruins 4th line was not playing great, and nobody said they were. Otherwise Thornton wouldnt have only got 6 minutes of ice time a game.

        Rebutting every one of your half-baked statements is going to be a blast for the next couple weeks.

      • barkar942 - May 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        I think it will be real fun to watch the two ex-roomies Boyle and Prust on the ice against each other!

  7. ragsrus - May 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Rangers are a better team than the habs. Bbr, you are the idiot here. Loser.

  8. ragsrus - May 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Rangers are the better team. BBQ, you are the idiot here. Loser.

  9. ragsrus - May 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Funny, Prust and Weiss are ranger cast offs. LOL.

    • arrow43050 - May 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      I am a HUGE Rangers fan and I can admit that I would love if the Rangers had Prust right now. He just wasn’t worth it for the money that he got paid, which is almost identical to the contract that Ryan McDonagh signed. Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhh….Ryan McDonagh. THANKS FOR THAT HABS!! :-)

      • DED - May 16, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Prust’s cap hit is $2.5 million.
        McDonagh’s cap hit is $4.7 million.

        I think Prust is worth it, at least he was when he played for the Rangers.

  10. jaybyrd99 - May 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    The only thing that concerns me is that this is the first real good goalie the Rangers will be facing in the playoffs,for an entire series(barring injury of course). Mason was fantastic,but only played 4 games, Fluery is mediocre in my opinion, though he did have a decent series . Price is very good and should be more of a challenge. Then again the Rangers have Hank, and though Montreal has been a house of horrors for him ,I think he’ll respond well to the challenge. After all, who thought,including me, that the team would come back after being down 3-1 vs the Penguins.

    • 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Those loses came a long time ago ! Circumstances way different !Yes both goalies are playing great which will make this a great series !

  11. theskinsman - May 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Shut them out, Henrik!

  12. brandotho - May 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    For comparison’s sake, what are Price’s career numbers at MSG? The point about Lundqvist’s struggles in Montreal have already been done to death. Both teams are very good and they’ve impressed last series. I like the Rangers in 6. They’ve been one of the best road teams in hockey, so they should be able to win at least one at the Bell Centre.

  13. arrow43050 - May 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    OK, so let’s get this under control. The last time Henrik Lundqvist played in Montreal (a 4-1 loss) only 7 Rangers currently on the roster were on that team. The Rangers were done in by the line of all-time greats wingers Kris Newbury (-3) and Wojtek Wolski (-3), centered by Mike Rupp (-2). Of the players still on the Rangers, only Carl Hagelin (-1), Marc Staal (-1) and Brad Richards (-1) were negative +/- players in the game. I just don’t see how Wojtek Wolski, Mike Rupp, Kris Newbury, John Mitchell, Stu Bickell, Michael Del Zotto and the others will have much of an effect on this game, so I don’t see how you really draw a line from that team to this team. You know, going back to 1924 the Canadiens have beaten the Rangers… bla bla bla. All that matters is what is happening now.

  14. mrd5c - May 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Those of you predicting an easy series win for the Habs obviously aren’t real hockey fans. Past numbers don’t matter. All that matters is the two teams taking the ice tomorrow and how they are playing right now. Both teams overcame the odds to get here and have hot goalies. This is stacking up to be a close tough series. I see it going 7 with a few OT games. Anyone who thinks it’ll be easy for either team is delusional. LGR!

  15. bleedrangerblue - May 16, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I like our 4th line. Forget Prust. He played his best with the Rangers. He was a scratch a couple of times this playoffs

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