The Rangers took their first-round series opener against the Canadiens on Wednesday night, 2-0.
- 9:50 NYR Tanner Glass (unassisted)
- 19:50 NYR Michael Grabner (empty net); Assist: Jesper Fast
- Henrik Lundqvist. Henrik Lundqvist. Henrik Lundqvist.
- That is all. Just, Henrik Lundqvist. He was as good as he has been all season tonight and was the Henrik Lundqvist who has carried the Rangers on his back through regular seasons and through playoff games throughout his entire career. I'm just not sure how much I can overstate how good he was tonight. Does that mean it will carry over to Game 2? No, but it sure puts a nice dent into the Henrik can't win in Montreal narrative. Well, at least the playoff version of that narrative.
- You have to give credit to Tanner Glass. Not just for his goal, the game winner, but he and his linemates on the fourth line had an excellent game. I've never thought that the best lineup the Rangers can put out features Tanner Glass but he, and after tonight rightfully so, won't be coming out of the lineup anytime soon. It's much more fun and exciting to have Pavel Buchnevich play because of his potential but Tanner Glass showed tonight that he may be the better fit in this series.
- The Rangers didn't shy away from physical play and had everyone but Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash credited with hits.
- Overall, tonight showed how tight this series is going to be and how evenly matched these two teams are. The Rangers struggled in the first but were saved by Henrik. They dominated the first part of the second period but couldn't beat Carey Price. Then things were pretty even, some penalties were called, the Rangers blocked shots, hit the Habs and played strong defense to protect the lead and win Game 1.
The Rangers and Canadiens play Game 2 of the series on Friday at 7 in Montreal.