Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers live stream, Game 1

Pittsburgh Penguins Nick Bonino celebrates his goal with Patric Hornqvist during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh Wednesday

Price has owned the Rangers, going 7-0 against them since 2014 with a goals against average of only 1.28 over that span. On the other side of the token, the Canadiens forward group matches up well with the Rangers' group. Montreal defeated NY in the previous game 4-1.

"We played very well tonight", added Price. And the Rangers know that. Go Canadiens in six games for this series - as long as Weber is OK to play. The focus has to be on speed and skill, with matching Montreal's physical play being secondary. I know a bunch of guys on their team. NY was fourth in the stacked Metropolitan at 48-28-6 for 102 points. What's more, though, is they know they're in the head of one of the best clutch goaltenders of his generation. Remember, he's coming off a so-so campaign, even if his name remains among the league's top goalies, and the general consensus is that Rangers must generate some offense against Carey Price to advance.

The Rangers, who averaged just under 21 hits per game in the regular season came out and registered 45 of the 98 total hits of the game. That circumstance makes NY a risky on-paper team heading into the playoffs, even as what will be a low seed. He finds a way to rise to the occasion for the postseason and this year is no different.

Posturing aside, Lundqvist answered one of the playoff's biggest questions quite definitively on the opening night of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Not to mention, the Rangers have made some changes on the blue line with the midseason addition of Brendan Smith and new faces in the defensive pairs, like Brady Skjei and Nick Holden, have had some positives.

If Lundqvist taught us anything on Wednesday, it's that he alone can keep the Rangers in contention throughout the postseason.

NY boasted the fourth-highest scoring offense in the regular season, averaging 3.05 goals-per-game, including nine double-digit goal-scorers. The team has great depth which gives them four effective lines to rotate through the game with some reliable players off the ice. The Rangers scratched C Brandon Pirri, LW Matt Puempel, LW Pavel Buchnevich, D Adam Clendening and D Kevin Klein.

It all lead up to last night, when the Blueshirts went into their house of horrors in Montreal and stole game one against the Canadiens by a score of 2-0. And their top line of Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider led the team's scoring and possession.

The Rangers will need to play the exact same way come Friday, although it's imperative they don't lose their composure if, or when, Lundqvist concedes a goal. "That's the type of hockey we need from him".

The game starts at 7 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m. puck drop for weekday Habs games, so don't make a mistake and tune in or arrive 30 minutes late.

Beating out Price might not seem like an easy feat, but the Rangers have done it before and this goalie gets easily frustrated. Lundqvist's form since returning from a hip injury, and for large parts of the season has been below his best, and Glass has been enemy number one for man, toiling away in the AHL for the majority of the year.

How can the Minnesota Wild be considered the third safest choice (8-1) behind the Chicago Blackhawks (4-1) and Washington Capitals (9-2) when they finished the season on a moribund 8-13 stretch - and that includes a four-game win streak to end the campaign?

This team needs to get ready to be quick and versatile. Legend still speaks of those great dynasties of the past and how it galvanized the entire population behind a single goal of pushing the Canadiens all the way to the Stanley Cup that it is so vociferously hungry for.

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