New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens

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Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period and the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

2:48 | May 20, 2014 | Hockey, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, NHL


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MONTREAL (AP) Henrik Lundqvist has solved his struggles at Montreal's Bell Centre.

The goalie called King Henrik made 40 saves and the New York Rangers took control of the Eastern Conference final with a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday.

The Canadiens, missing star goalie Carey Price because of an injury, came out strong in a bid get past a 7-2 thumping in the series opener only to run into the Lundqvist.

"I thought we played well, and the only reason we lost was Lundqvist," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "He stole that game."

Lundqvist had struggled playing in Montreal before this series. He hadn't started a game in Montreal in more than two years.

But the goalie who was bested by Price at the Sochi Olympics as Canada beat Sweden in the final has allowed only three goals on 63 shots in the series.

The Canadiens got the opening goal at 6:14 of the first from Max Pacioretty, but Ryan McDonagh tied it 17 seconds later on a shot that went in off defenseman Josh Gorges and a post.

"We knew they were going to come hard, but we put ourselves in a tough spot there by not getting pucks out," Lundqvist said. "They were all over us.

"But to tie it up quickly like that, I think that was important to kind of even out the momentum a little bit."

Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis also scored on Dustin Tokarski, the surprise starter for Montreal ahead of regular backup Peter Budaj.

Tokarski looked shaky at times, but had no chance on two of the three Rangers goals.

The Canadiens had announced Monday morning that Price, the Olympic gold medalist who hurt his right knee in the series opener when he was crashed into by Chris Kreider, would miss the rest of the series.

They hope to have him back if they reach the Stanley Cup final, but their situation looks difficult heading to New York.

"It was a lot of fun," Tokarski said after his first NHL playoff start. "There was a lot of adrenaline. You grow up as a kid wanting to play in the playoffs, and I got the opportunity and just came up a bit short."

Therrien said he opted for Tokarski over Budaj because of the youngster's record of winning championships at other levels.

The 24-year-old from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, has a Memorial Cup, a world junior championship and an AHL title on his resume.

"He's a winner," Therrien said. "I thought he played well. We talked to Peter and he reacted as a pro. He's a good teammate."

New York coach Alain Vigneault said Montreal's goalie choice was no surprise.

"Somehow, we had an inkling (Sunday) night that it was probably going to be that gentleman (Tokarski)," Vigneault said with a grin. "Hockey's a small world."

But in the end, he agreed that Lundqvist was the difference in the game.

"He's the only reason we were still in the game," he said. "They had total control of the pressure.

"A lucky bounce changed the dynamics of the game."

Montreal outshot New York 41-30.

Montreal's worst fears were realized in the first period, which it dominated while still falling behind 2-1.

A long period of sustained pressure produced the first goal as Lundqvist's clearing attempt went off Pacioretty and into the net at 6:14.

But only 17 seconds later, McDonagh swiped a puck toward the net from the point and saw it go in off Gorges' leg and a post. McDonagh had a goal and an assist to give the defenseman six points in the opening two games of the series.

"The Canadiens were coming wave after wave in the first period," St. Louis said. "If it wasn't for Lundqvist, there might have been a different result after the first.

"He gave us time to find our legs. The goal by Mac was a big one. It calmed everyone down and allowed us to regroup."

The crowd was booing Kreider when he sent a pass across to the right side and Nash's one-time went in off the midsection of Tokarski, who was late getting across.

It was the second goal in as many games and second of the playoffs for Nash.

Tokarski had no chance as St. Louis wired a shot from the slot on a power play inside the post at 8:03 of the middle period.

The Rangers played a thorough defensive game in the third to prevent a comeback.

St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died just before Mother's Day. The Rangers have rallied around the grieving veteran and have won five in a row since her death.

"It's been an emotional weekend," St. Louis said. "I'll definitely never forget this weekend for many reasons, but I think the grieving process will still take a while.

"But that stuff is behind me. Tonight, we wanted to make sure we'd have the emotion we'd need to win this game because we knew they would come out hard, especially rallying, losing their best player, so I thought we answered."

NOTES: Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk returned from an injury to see his first playoff action for Montreal, replacing Michael Bournival. He got 13:23 of ice time. ... New York forward Derick Brassard, who suffered a suspected shoulder injury in Game 1, was replaced by Dan Carcillo. ... Price was photographed at the Bell Centre with a brace on his right knee. ... Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the game.

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1st Period Summary
Time Team Scoring Detail NYR Mon
6:14
Max Pacioretty
0 1
6:31
Ryan McDonagh
1 1
18:58
Rick Nash
Assists: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan
2 1
Time Team Penalty
1:29
Dominic Moore: 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike conduct
1:29
Nathan Beaulieu: 2 minutes for Roughing
13:48
Carl Hagelin: 2 minutes for Tripping
14:22
Thomas Vanek: 2 minutes for Slashing

2nd Period Summary
Time Team Scoring Detail NYR Mon
8:03
Martin St. Louis
Assists: Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh
3 1
Time Team Penalty
1:49
Dan Girardi: 2 minutes for Cross-checking
1:49
Lars Eller: 2 minutes for Tripping
2:41
P.K. Subban: 2 minutes for Roughing
7:29
Alex Galchenyuk: 2 minutes for Tripping
8:44
Benoit Pouliot: 2 minutes for Tripping
19:20
Chris Kreider: 2 minutes for Holding

3rd Period Summary
Time Team Penalty
15:38
Benoit Pouliot: 2 minutes for Boarding

Game Information
Location: Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec
Attendance: 21,273

New York players
Player POS G A PTS +/- SH PIM SHF TOI FOW FOL
Ryan McDonagh 1 1 2 1 6 0 33 25:24 0 0
Rick Nash LW 1 0 1 1 2 0 24 14:14 0 0
Martin St. Louis RW 1 0 1 0 2 0 23 17:06 0 0
Derek Stepan 0 2 2 0 4 0 29 19:10 9 14
Chris Kreider LW 0 1 1 0 0 2 20 13:13 0 0
John Moore 0 0 0 -1 1 0 21 11:30 0 0
Brian Boyle 0 0 0 0 2 0 24 13:32 8 3
Carl Hagelin LW 0 0 0 0 2 2 23 15:41 0 0
Dominic Moore 0 0 0 1 1 2 26 13:42 6 8
Kevin Klein 0 0 0 -1 0 0 20 12:21 0 0
Dan Girardi 0 0 0 1 0 2 34 21:35 0 0
Benoit Pouliot LW 0 0 0 1 1 4 22 13:39 0 0
Brad Richards 0 0 0 0 1 0 20 15:10 4 7
Derek Dorsett RW 0 0 0 0 3 0 12 9:36 0 0
Marc Staal 0 0 0 1 4 0 37 24:45 0 0
Dan Carcillo LW 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 7:45 0 0
Anton Stralman 0 0 0 1 0 0 35 22:43 0 0
Mats Zuccarello RW 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 17:00 0 0

Montreal players
Player POS G A PTS +/- SH PIM SHF TOI FOW FOL
Max Pacioretty LW 1 0 1 1 5 0 25 20:44 0 1
Josh Gorges 0 0 0 -2 0 0 30 20:05 0 0
Daniel Briere 0 0 0 0 1 0 15 12:21 4 4
David Desharnais 0 0 0 1 2 0 26 20:33 10 6
Lars Eller 0 0 0 -1 0 2 22 16:06 5 9
Alexei Emelin 0 0 0 1 0 0 24 19:39 0 0
Alex Galchenyuk 0 0 0 -1 2 2 20 13:23 0 0
Brendan Gallagher RW 0 0 0 1 6 0 24 18:06 2 1
Brian Gionta RW 0 0 0 -1 4 0 19 14:20 1 0
Rene Bourque LW 0 0 0 -1 5 0 18 16:01 0 0
Andrei Markov 0 0 0 1 2 0 28 26:19 0 0
Nathan Beaulieu 0 0 0 0 2 2 19 12:03 0 0
Tomas Plekanec 0 0 0 -1 2 0 23 16:15 8 4
Brandon Prust LW 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 8:54 1 2
P.K. Subban 0 0 0 -2 9 2 31 29:40 0 0
Thomas Vanek LW 0 0 0 -1 0 2 17 11:41 1 0
Mike Weaver 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 12:31 0 0
Dale Weise RW 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 7:19 0 0

New York goalies
Player SA GA SV SV% TOI
Henrik Lundqvist 41 1 40 0.976 59:54
Montreal goalies
Player SA GA SV SV% TOI
Dustin Tokarski 30 3 27 0.900 55:26