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Seven Up: Rangers roll Canadiens 7-2 in Game 1 blowout

May 17, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

Plenty of story lines were blown apart in just one game as the New York Rangers blew out the Montreal Canadiens 7-2 to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers were led by defenseman Ryan McDonagh with a goal and three assists, forward Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists and four other players, including Rick Nash, finished with a goal and an assist. The goal was Nash’s first of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After all the talk of how poorly Henrik Lundqvist has played in his career in Montreal, he gave up two goals on 18 shots and only had to withstand pressure in the second period from Montreal to preserve the lead.

New York held a 2-1 lead in the second when Rene Bourque brought the Canadiens to within one, but goals from Chris Kreider and Brad Richards late in the period made it 4-1 headed into the third.

Both teams will have potential injuries to keep an eye on headed into Game 2.

Rangers forward Derick Brassard was hurt early in the first period after a big hit from Habs defenseman Mike Weaver. Canadiens goalie Carey Price was roughed up a bit after a collision with Kreider in the second period and while he finished the second, Peter Budaj took his place in goal to start the third period.

After the power play woes the Rangers had in the first two rounds with Philadelphia andPittsburgh, they scored three with the extra man in the third period and went 3-for-7 overall.

Here are the Rangers-heavy highlights from Game 1:

  1. billiam55 - May 17, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    not gonna lie, but as a lontime NYR fan that one felt great. FINALLLLY

    • pete387 - May 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Statement game. Must’ve been hard for Habs fans to see McDonagh stick it to the team who didn’t want him.

      • c9castine - May 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        what was the statement? we won 1 game? good for them, but this isnt a regular season game against a rival.

        this is big boy hockey. 1-0 rangers, slate wiped clean. 7-2 means nothing in game 2.

      • infectorman - May 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        The statement is this:

        We are not the 1/2 a step behind the pace of the game Bruins. We are the Rangers and we are every bit as fast as you, and then some…And our goalie is hotter than Mila Kunis right now….

        Come to play next game or else you’re done…

      • 16thearlofderby - May 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        trade sending mcdonagh to ny happened 4 yrs ago

        who cares now kids cry over spilt milk don’t be a child

    • pete387 - May 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      The statement would be the Rangers coming into the Bell Centre and scoring 7 during a conference final game. And all the Habs could do was chase like a bunch of headless chickens.

    • gnashty - May 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Great game by the Rags. Every single game that goes on makes me a feel a tad bit better about my Flyers and how they took it to game 7 losing only 2-1.

      But with that said it’s only 1 game. Remember the Sharks dominated a few games against the Kings I think they scored 8 goals in a game against Quickie. It’s one game. I’m certain neither team will score 7 goals in a game this series again. This one will go 7 games

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - May 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    7 goals? Damn, didn’t watch the game but wow.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Couldn’t watch either, but with Price vs. Lundqvist I was guessing about this many goals in the entire series combined. Good thing I’m a drinking man and not a betting man.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        On a happier note for Canadian hockey fans, today is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first Tim Horton donut/coffee shop. Hamilton may never get an NHL team, but they’ll always have Tim’s.

  3. freneticgarfieldfan - May 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Montreal run out of luck one game too late.

  4. penvik - May 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Any of you still want to disagree that the ECF isn’t a joke?? Ha ha! Pittsburgh and Boston should be here. Pens and Flyers were both better than the Rangers.
    What does that say about the Habs? Boston should be playing, Rags would have never put up that score on the Bruins. Sad state of affairs for the NHL at the moment. They really need to go over the rules of the game and how the refs are calling it, to make sure this nonsense never happens again. Us as paying fans deserve better, we want to see the best play against the best this time of year. Rags beat the Pens in 7 yes, but there’s no way they should of. They shouldn’t have beaten Philly either. Won’t even explain the Habs situation, but this is just sad. WCF is the cup final this year. Even if Montreal or the Rangers make the final and win, it’s a farce and in my opinion all the east is eliminated already.

    • biffnasty - May 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Lol…you mad Bro?

    • stakex - May 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      If the Pens or Flyers were better than the Rangers, hey would have won their series…. same with Boston over Montreal. You can’t proclaim that every team that lost was somehow better than the team that beat them. That may very occasionally be true, but accidents don’t happen often in a 7 game series.

    • jkay1818 - May 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      bruins are an excellent team, yes. but, you are really going to sit here and talk about the pens? they have a few superstars but the rangers have so much more depth than them it isnt even funny.
      then you talk about the nhl’s state of affairs? the league already tried to manufacture the pens to advance by giving that insane schedule to the rangers, but alas! it didnt work.

      still being so mad and miserable

    • stepanup - May 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Time to move on man. Put away the bitter pills, if you have any left.

    • mactruck27 - May 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Haha so both teams that the Rangers beat are better than them. That makes plenty of sense. Also, hate to break it to you, but the Rangers were 3-1 against the Kings and Blackhawks this year in the regular season so…they might actually have to play the Cup Finals this year. Sorry bro.

    • withseidelinn - May 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      So you want the NHL to rig the playoffs so that your favourite team goes deep? Sounds legit guy.

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        Of course he does. He’s a Hens fan.

      • cofran2004 - May 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        well yeah. when you’re used to that kind of treatment, you come to expect it.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      You’re right, winner of the West wins the Cup. Not even sure what the rest of your comment says.

    • avscup - May 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      On your xbox 360 maybe! It’s why they play 7 dude. Hard to take you seriously with a reply like yours!

    • govtminion - May 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Speaking as a B’s fan… enough. They lost, it sucked, and that’s that.

      Based on that last two games against the Habs, Boston tanked it, period. They were awful- the first two lines didn’t do their part, and they lost both games. With the effort they put in between those two games, I don’t think they’d beat the Rangers any more than Montreal did today… I don’t think they’d beat Buffalo with that effort.

      Taunt all you want I guess, but when you lose two elimination games in a row, you earned your spot golfing. Boston did just that- so no, Montreal has earned their right to be there against the Rangers. Claiming ‘Boston should still be playing’ ignores a good series by the Canadiens, and a rotten finish to it by Boston.

    • billiam55 - May 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      ……….how old r u? lil kids on here tolling

    • titansrbeast - May 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      WOW what a bad attempt at trolling…

    • dschrode2013 - May 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      I couldn’t agree more with Penvik. The Penguins are the best team. Since they are the best and clearly deserve to be in the SCFs in contrast to the teams currently still in contention, how could the NHL possibly not endorse a Florida vs Phoenix final since they both won the season series vs the Pengiuns? Where can I register my complaint? What a farce indeed.

    • kevindunn21 - May 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      I mean, do you even have anything at all to substantiate your comment? Anything?

    • chip56 - May 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      bwahahahaha –

      What rule changes would you like to see? Series ends as soon as the Pens have more wins than their opponents.

    • pepper2011 - May 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      This Rangers team has something. It doesn’t matter who is hotter coming in, it matters who gets hot at the right time. They are rallying around St. Louis. It’s really sad, but really cool.

      Do I think the Bruins are a better team than Montreal? Yes. Do I think the Bruins deserve to still be playing, nope. The Habs outplayed them. The teams that win pull through the perceived BS. The pens are not as good as the Rangers. It wasn’t that long ago when the Rangers landed Nash; they were anointed the best team in the nhl. I know some things have changed, but all the changes they have made; have worked, and the D core is still the same, and with Lunqvist in net – you can’t argue they shouldn’t be there.

      The biggest change being; the guy behind the bench.

      You want to be mad, be mad at shero for loading a top heavy team with no goalie or d depth. Just like I’m mad a chiarelli for adding potter and meszaros instead of a guy like weaver (who cost less than meszaros, btw). Also bylsma is terrible.

    • johnstone17 - May 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Well, if they were truly better they would have beaten the Rangers. If the Bolts & the Bruins were truly better, then they would have beaten the Habs. Sound a wee bitter there.

  5. biffnasty - May 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    WOW. did not see That coming. Solid game in every aspect. Super impressive. Hope Brassard is not seriously injured

  6. justinhbhb - May 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Good game by the Rangers! Not trying to steal why they won- a win Is a win, but lets keep some things in mind…

    Rangers didn’t play Boston. Pittsburgh is not easy, but it has become pretty obvious that they are a playoff choke with Fluery becoming average and they have average defense with the injuries

    Montreal has to adjust to playing a team based on speed rather then size and skill. It was pretty obvious in the 1st that Montreal was playing similar to a Boston game.

    They all went to a funeral together and got a huge bond…. and had to win this to get Lundquist’s confidence in Montreal going.

    Wonder if Galchenyuk will enter the lineup soon…?

    • theghostofwillisreed - May 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      your third point would have made sense…if it weren’t for the inconvenient truth that msl’s mother’s funeral…is tomorrow so they haven’t gone yet. nice try though. it was one loss. deal with it.

      • justinhbhb - May 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        I thought it was yesterday, my bad. But still a good game by the Rangers.

    • justinpecora50 - May 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      This game ended when Prust lost his cool early in the 3rd. Bonding at a funeral? The Rangers also played an emotional game 7 TWO OF THEM, then they lose Brassard. Hank was the difference he made big stops and gave them a chance, but it is just one game.

      • justinhbhb - May 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        I thought the funeral was yesterday, my dumb mistake. I’m not even mad about the loss. Great game by the Rangers

    • dschrode2013 - May 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Because a team in the conference finals has absolutely no skill.

    • johnstone17 - May 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      You can only play the team in front of you. This whole, ” well they didn’t play this team or that team was better if the Rangers beat them” is a joke.

  7. canucks30 - May 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Boom goes the dynamite

    • stepanup - May 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      That’s the caption to McDonagh’s blast.

  8. thesportsjudge - May 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Where is montrealbbwhatever and mackattack, oh wait, probably crying in their molson. hahahahahhahahhahaha

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Real fans drink Keith’s, or maybe a nice Erdinger (even though Seidenberg is gone.)

    • strictlythedanks - May 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Pretty sure mackattacks a butthurts avs fan who saw his team get thouroughly outplayed in the 1st round

  9. stepanup - May 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Beautiful game. Every strength I thought the Rangers had over the Habs showed up and then some.

    Montrealbbr, what are your thoughts?

  10. canucks30 - May 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    We’ll see if the Canadiens can rebound but I get the impression their emotional win over Boston was their “Stanley Cup”.

    Although, the Rangers never make it easy on themselves and seem to drag every series they play to seven games.

  11. justinpecora50 - May 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    WOW!! Who saw this coming? Hank was big when it counted. Brandon Prust very undisciplined basically sunk his team. I expect Montreal to be better prepared on Monday. It looked like they weren’t ready for the Rangers speed early on, caught up in the 2nd and those 2 late goals really hurt, but Prust did them in. I’m happy we’ll at least get a split, but it’s just one game.

    • stakex - May 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      It was 5-1 when Prust took those penalties….. the ship was already at the bottom of the ocean at that point.

  12. stakex - May 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I’ll wait till the series is over before spiking the football, but the Rangers just look unbeatable right now. I wish they would stop turning the damn puck over so much in their zone and at the blueline, but aside from that they are on fire right now.

    • President Charles Logan - May 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      and you’re a front runner that said they were pretty much finished when they were down 3 games to 1 in the pittsburgh series

      • stakex - May 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        …and that has to do with? Everyone figured the Rangers were finished once they were down 3-1, everyone. That doesn’t change the fact that since that moment the Rangers have been unstoppable, winning their last four games by a combined score of 17-5.

      • President Charles Logan - May 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        dont speak for every fan on here….i pointed out that you were.

  13. President Charles Logan - May 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    like i said on another post.. lets not get too excited here .. it’s only one game

  14. ronniethec - May 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Bottom line. Four best teams in the league are still playing. Once a team is eliminated they are no longer on top. Simple and easy.

    • canucks30 - May 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      You don’t say?

      • cofran2004 - May 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        you would think that’s obvious, but scroll up. there’s a fan who basically said the league should have fixed the playoffs so pittsburgh and boston were playing because they were the best two teams in the east during the regular season.

  15. anthonykornheiser - May 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    They didn’t play boston because Boston couldn’t advance.

    The funeral is tomorrow

    Clearly they won just for lundqvists confidence. Not because it’s the ECF and also wanted to take home ice. 7 goals is all it took for support

    • canucks30 - May 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Mike Wilbon

  16. bleedrangerblue - May 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    @penvik put the crack pipe down.

    • canucks30 - May 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Apparently Rob Ford is a Penguins fan. Who knew?

  17. 16thearlofderby - May 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    sure rangers look good first 2 goals were lucky bounces after that it was lights out

    habs played 7 games vs are slow footed bruins now they will adjust to faster bruins

    one game does not a series make habs will bounce back & win next game

    • bigbadbruins77 - May 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Want to bet on that? So this is what happens when you don’t get all the bounces and all the power plays :) what time is it? 7 past price!

      • 16thearlofderby - May 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        what gives with the wise crack

        who wins makes a difference for who exactly

        my team didn’t make the playoffs

      • avscup - May 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Chokin on the taste of…choke I guess!

    • stakex - May 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      How was the first goal a lucky bounce? It was a great pass from Moore and St. Louis buried it….. there was no bounce on the play. Terrible defense from Montreal perhaps, but no “luck bounce”

      • 16thearlofderby - May 17, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        left wong can’t be effective without a stick

        blind pass to go tape to tape is luck

        don’t be blind because you favor rangers

        this is far from over.

  18. ironmd778 - May 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Magnifies even more just how poorly the Bruins played then entire series.

  19. ningenito78 - May 17, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    @penvik with the whiniest little girl post of all time.

    • cofran2004 - May 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      he is why the league hates pens fans. there are good ones, even on this board. but he is why people like me can’t stand the pens, their captain, and their fans.

  20. papajack1259 - May 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    One game does not a series make…but that was sweet
    Montreal sd all their juice to get past Beantown .If NY can hold on &squeak a game two win ….Montreal is La Fini!

    • 16thearlofderby - May 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      sweet it was but stay both feet on the ground otherwise you end up with egg on your face la fin is after 4 wins not one chill papa

  21. bsfan77 - May 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    If the Bruins had showed up and played their game, the Habnots would be golfing. Congrats Rangers! Habs were outclassed. Hab fans start crying about bad calls in 3, 2, 1……good job Nash! Price who? Luck has run out for Price. A team that can actually put pucks in the net. Habs are in trouble.

  22. bsfan77 - May 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Montealbbr? Montrealbbr?…crickets

    • 7mantel - May 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Amazing how he has the b*lls to to trash talk about a sweep but no b*lls show up after he’s Habs got their a$$ kicked !

      • thesportsjudge - May 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        It’s really not THAT surprising, is it?

  23. titansbro - May 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    The price is wrong b*tch!

    • cofran2004 - May 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      post of the day. that was awesome.

  24. mzim2756 - May 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Penvic, you know nothing about hockey, does not matter which team may be “better” it is about who gets hot in the “second” season. And by the way, good teams don’t blow 3-1 leads in the playoffs, so maybe the Pens weren’t that good to begin with, regular season can be greatly overrated

  25. zfunke - May 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Looks like Montreal is still searching for their respect in Boston. Speed beat the Bruins but when they play a team built just like them only better, makes for a quick round. Rangers in six.

    • barkar942 - May 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Don’t you mean Rangers in 4?

      • cofran2004 - May 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        ehh… they habs were embarassed by this game. they’re going to come out better tomorrow. if the rangers can pull it out, they’ll be better off, but…….. i think rangers in 6 as well man. gotta give them a little respect, they did beat boston.

      • barkar942 - May 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Since Marty’s mom passed, they are 4-0 and Hank has given up 5 goals- three of which were off his own teammates. They are on a mission, and I think it will be tough to derail them at this point. A team will have to be perfect to beat them right now.

      • cofran2004 - May 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        I really hope you’re right. I’d like the boys to be good and rested for the cup finals. I just dont want to overlook the habs.

  26. zfunke - May 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Habnots still looking for their respect in Boston. Rangers in 6

  27. bbk1000 - May 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I jumped around a couple of Canadian forums and they were all griping about the start time of the game.

    Alain Vigneault mentioned this on the post game interview, I guess our good friends from the north like to sleep in…….

  28. penvik - May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    The better team loses a lot lately. That’s the problem, I can take the arguments no prob. Just a hockey fan that’s wants to see the best players play for the cup. Don’t want to see teams win because of just a hot goalie or because Boston or Pittsburgh had a bad game. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I’m sure the NHL will not fix anything. Is it the reffing, should it be a 7 game series even. More or less, I’m not sure. But it’s certain that the top teams are not playing.
    Also have to laugh that because a team eliminates another team, all if a sudden they’re better. Give me break, Toronto could have easily eliminated Boston last year, EASILY, and would you guys admit that Toronto would have been the better team!! C’mon, be realistic, the better teams didn’t win and now all fans (besides MTL & NYR) will pay for it.
    The Penguins certainly WERE NOT the better team when they won the cup. Detroit was much better. I can admit it can you!

    • biffnasty - May 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      You sir…..are an idiot

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        I double down on that.

    • canucks30 - May 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Crosby, is that you?

    • chip56 - May 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      The Pens are garbage led by the Justin Beiber of the NHL. Quit whining. If you can’t deal with the fact that your precious team is out of the playoffs go read a book or something.

  29. dschrode2013 - May 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I now stand convinced. The best team will not be playing for the Stanley Cup this year. Starting next year, the NHL should take a poll after every regular season. The winner of the poll should be awarded The Cup. After all, over 100 years of playoffs and championship games is so passé and so arbitrary.

  30. mrhyperpants - May 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Rangers are going to come back and haunt the Canucks by winning the cup 20 years later and done so by there ex coach they sacked hahahahah

  31. nyfinest911 - May 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Yo Penvik you better lay off the crack pipe. it’s F-ckinG your mind up.

  32. mrd5c - May 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Maybe penvic is Mayor Rob Ford, or maybe penvic is a 9-year-old girl, but he/she/it knows nothing about hockey. It’s not about who was the best during the regular season, it’s who is playing the best right now. Almost every team that ever wins the Cup has a hot goalie, and a hot team. That’s the point! As a Rangers fan, I’m not going to get too excited over a game one win. They did it in both the Flyers and Penguins series, and both went seven. That said, the Rangers certainly deserve to be here. They soundly beat the Flyers, and came back from being down 3-1 to dominate the Penguins. The Bruins and Penguins didn’t get the job done, simple as that. Looking forward to a great series. Hope Brassard and Price recover quickly and can play in game two. Let’s Go Rangers!

  33. bbk1000 - May 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Nice game, I love watching Kreider skate, Torts had no clue what he had in this kid.

    • 16thearlofderby - May 18, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      give a credit to AV had to pick up broken pieces and players after torts

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