Rangers hold Habs o score­sheet

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - SPECIAL REPORT: MORTGAGES - GAME 1 In Montreal THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Tanner Glass scored in the first pe­riod and Hen­rik Lundqvist made 31 saves as the New York Rangers de­feated the Montreal Cana­di­ens 2-0 in the open­ing game of their NHL play­off se­ries on Wed­nes­day night.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven se­ries is set for Fri­day night at Bell Cen­tre.

Michael Grab­ner added an empty-net goal with 1:10 left to play.

Shots were 31-31 in a fast­paced game with plenty of chances at both ends. Lundqvist looked to be fight­ing the puck as Montreal had a 16-5 first-pe­riod shot ad­van­tage but man­aged to keep the puck out of his net.

The Cana­di­ens are look­ing to a avenge a six-game loss in the RANGERS first round to New York in 2014, a se­ries in which Carey Price was in­jured in the open­ing game on a hit from Chris Krei­der. This time, Krei­der pulled up when bar­relling to­ward Price in the first pe­riod.

Fired up by 1960s pop star Ginette Reno’s na­tional an­them, the Cana­di­ens were all over New York in the open­ing pe­riod, but it was the Rangers who struck first 9:50 in on only their third shot. To­mas Plekanec won a draw in the Montreal zone, but fourth line winger Glass pounded on it and lifted a back­hand from the slot over Price’s shoul­der.

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Tanner Glass

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