Henrik Lundqvist had 31 saves, and Tanner Glass scored in the first period to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round at Bell Centre on Wednesday.
Tanner Glass gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead when he scored an unassisted goal 9:50 into the game.
Michael Grabner then scored into an empty net to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead with 1:10 remaining.
However, the star of the show for the Rangers was undoubtedly their keeper, Lundqvist, who was resolute in keeping the attacking threat of the Canadiens out.
The shut-out was Lundqvist’s 10th in play-offs and lead to his 56th play-off victory, a record that is not bettered by any active keeper in the NHL.
Speaking afterwards, the experienced Lundqvist was quick to avoid deflecting attention away from the performance of the team as a collective unit.
“I think this was one of our better games as a team in a long time,” he said.
“We had a plan going into this game how we needed to play and we executed it perfectly.
“Montreal is one of the better teams in their transition game.
“A lot of games we played up here, they beat us on odd-man rushes and breakaways.
“And today, we get the early goal and after that we played a smart game.”
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 13, 2017
Game Two of the best-of-seven series is on Friday in Montreal.
All the other results from Wednesday in the NHL can be seen below:
Ottawa Senators 1-2 Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Columbus Blue Jackets
Minnesota Wild 1-2 St. Louis Blues
Edmonton Oilers San 2-3 Jose Sharks