Fleury, Kessel lift Penguins over Blue Jackets in Game 1

Fleury, Kessel lift Penguins over Blue Jackets in Game 1

Fleury, Kessel lift Penguins over Blue Jackets in Game 1

The Canadiens went 16-7-1 under Julien and won the Atlantic Division after missing the playoffs in 2015-16. NY has earned at least one road win in 12 of its last 14 playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2012 against Ottawa. But it's absolutely not the type of play that will lead to Galchenyuk scoring goals. NY struggled to the finish line in going 8-9-4 in its final 21 games to finish 48-28-6 and earn the Eastern Conference's top wild-card spot. Price played all three of this season's games vs. And the Rangers know that. "You had bounces going your way".

He was seemingly the eighth defenseman on the current roster, behind Kevin Klein, but that might not be the case. There's still room for improvement, but certainly I don't think there's any reason to panic here and I don't think there's any reason to make major changes to even show panic.

"He's a player who has a lot of flash, but we can forget his age", Julien said in French. NY was fourth in the stacked Metropolitan at 48-28-6 for 102 points. If he strolls down memory lane and makes a couple of "how'd he do that" stops, the Rangers will have a better shot than most people think. And while they know they boast one of the game's best in Price, their coach emphasized the importance of run support. Lundqvist was benched for four straight games, a career first, back in December as Rangers' management clearly started to question their normally stalwart starter. "Little details here and there made the difference". He finds a way to rise to the occasion for the postseason and this year is no different. Fellow veteran Marc Staal made it through with only a modicum of errors, while his line mate Nick Holden had a forgettable night, with several glaring turnovers in his first post-season action since 2014.

He'd better do exactly that if the Sens want to advance past the Bruins.

Defensively, Brendan Smith and Brady Skjei had strong games.

Lundqvist is ready for the postseason and if he can keep confident and stay in the right mindset, he will have a good performance. However, the Canadiens won all three regular season matchups this year and will be looking for revenge three years removed from being denied a shot at the Cup, this time, with their top goaltender in net.

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It's about time the Rangers stood up for themselves against a hard-nosed, physical team.

Glass played eight minutes.

Despite spending time in the press box, players like Matt Puempel, Brandon Pirri and Adam Clendening have been solid for the Rangers when called upon. A series win against Montreal would lead to an even easier second round opponent with the victor of the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins best-of-seven waiting for Blue Shirts.

Having the ability to fully rely on all four lines and the guys off the ice is very important. I need to get more for sure; you have to work that much harder in the playoffs to get your chances, your looks. After all, when your team is so good at producing, which line is the top line?

But neither could the Canadiens, who had some clean chances but were up against a NY defense that did a good job of limiting rebounds. Canadiens will need him to step up and use his speed. In game one they face the Canadiens defense that allowed the fourth-fewest goals during the regular season. But he HAS to outplay his opposite number, Carey Price, which won't be easy. Price has overcome the knee injuries that sidelined him in that series and for all but 12 games last season. The Rangers have a record of 47-28-6, with an impressive 27 wins on the road. He needs to get hot like that right now.

The first rule in the coaching handbook for the Stanley Cup playoffs is to never tip your hand.

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