Net-front focus priority for Habs, Rangers in Game 2

Net-front focus priority for Habs, Rangers in Game 2

When the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series starts Wednesday at the Bell Centre, Montreal will be looking to script a different ending.

It will be up to the Canadiens to come up with an answer in Game 2 on Friday night at Bell Centre, or risk heading to NY down two games in the best-of-seven series. I've been thinking about this for nearly every hour for the past week about the start and to get going and feeling anxious and nervous and excited at the same time. "So we'll answer that tomorrow".

Nonetheless, he did not sound like a coach eager to make changes.

"It was more about finish", Julien said. "We're not trying to hide anything". Melker Karlsson got the extra time victor as the Sharks take a 1-0 series lead.

"We played very well tonight", added Price.

With home-ice advantage now in their favor after a Game 1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, the Rangers have a chance to pin their original six rivals up against the proverbial wall with a strong Game 2 performance Friday.

After Game 1, all of those concerns have likely been put to rest. It was too late.

NY made it to this year's playoffs as the first wild card in the East, one point behind the Canadiens.

Galchenyuk was most recently on the third line with Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen, one of the team's most productive down the stretch. If the Ducks hope to hoist the Cup for the second time in franchise history, Perry must get his act together.

Canadian teams - Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton all lost on home ice in their return to the payoffs, having all missed the postseason dance previous year (or even longer for the Oilers).

Galchenyuk wasn't available for comment Thursday and has grown frustrated with the daily questions about his position in the lineup. "We've used them both all year long". Price has had several bursts of frustration this season and often just Kreider's presence in the rink is enough to rile this team, and Price, up. He may be young, but he isn't almost green by league standards - not with the impact teenagers are making in today's game.

Smith said as pro athletes, the players can not get caught up in the moment and must tune out the environment to focus on the game. So we see some flashes. "We need him, and he knows". Yes, you read and saw it live, Tanner Glass. "He's very risky and he has that ability".

The best way to beat out a big team like the Canadiens is speed, skill and adjustment. Yet, Julien called for patience with him.

Pacioretty left practice early Tuesday after an accidental high stick from Michael McCarron got under his visor but Julien said the team's medical staff were confident he will be able to play. The Canadiens will now have to go back, analyze the tapes, learn, and adjust from this game. New York Rangers' Jesper Fast, left, is slammed against the boards by Montreal Canadiens' Andreas Martinsen during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 12, 20.

In the meantime, the bet is Julien begins with the same lineup, but keeps his finger close to the blender button.

Fired up by 1960s pop star Ginette Reno's national anthem, the Canadiens were all over NY in the opening period, but it was the Rangers who struck first 9:50 on only their third shot. It's no time to panic. But he certainly is well versed in the strengths and weaknesses of the Wild players, which is never a bad thing. For a 23-year-old he seemed to handle the electric and hostile Montreal atmosphere, and the intense pace and physicality with aplomb. I just feel like maybe they won a bit more battles than us and that was the difference in the game.

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