RANGERS TAKE GAME ONE!

   Game Summary                                              NYR: H. Lundqvist (W) MTL: C. Price (L)    Event Summary

WINNING HAB-IT – The Rangers have won six of their last seven playoff games against the Canadiens in Montreal, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996. In addition, New York has won six of seven all-time playoff games at Bell Centre. The Blueshirts posted a shutout in the playoffs against Montreal on the road for the second time in franchise history and for the first time since Game 5 of the Semifinals in 1950.

ROAD WARRIORS – The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead in playoff road wins since the start of the 2014 Playoffs (13). New York 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. The Blueshirts led the NHL in road wins during the 2016-17 regular season with 27.

(GAME) ONE AND WON – The Rangers have won Game 1 in six of their last nine playoff series, dating back to the start of the 2014 Playoffs. Entering this year’s playoffs, New York had won four of its previous five playoff series when earning a win in Game 1 on the road, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Atlanta in 2007.

PLAYOFF PERFORMERS – New York leads the NHL in playoff games played (82) and leads the Eastern Conference in playoff wins (41) since the start of the 2012 Playoffs.

START ME UP – The Rangers posted a shutout in their first game of a playoff year for the first time since 1994 (6-0 win against the Islanders in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals). The Blueshirts began a playoff year by posting a shutout on the road for the first time since 1987 (3-0 win at Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Patrick Division Semifinals).

HITTING MACHINE – The Rangers were credited with 45 hits in tonight’s contest, and 16 of 18 skaters registered at least one hit in the contest.

TWO GOOD – New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 24 of its 26 playoff wins since the start of the 2014 Playoffs.

KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 3-for-3 (4:54) on the penalty kill in the contest. Dating back to the regular season, New York has not allowed a power play goal against in five of its last six games (14-for-15; 93.3% on the penalty kill over the span).

Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 31 shots he faced to earn a win and a shutout. Lundqvist earned his 10th career NHL playoff shutout in tonight’s contest, and he passed Mike Richter to become the Rangers’ all-time leader in playoff shutouts. Lundqvist now leads all active NHL goaltenders in career playoff shutouts, and he also leads all active NHL goaltenders in career playoff wins (56) and career playoff appearances (117). Lundqvist started his 116th consecutive playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against New Jersey in 2006. Lundqvist earned his 56th career playoff win with the Rangers, tying Tom Barrasso for the 10th-most playoff wins a goaltender has earned with one franchise in NHL history. Lundqvist is the only goaltender in Rangers history who has appeared in at least one playoff game in 11 different seasons, and he leads all players (skaters and goaltenders) in career playoff appearances in franchise history (117).

Tanner Glass registered the game-winning goal. He notched his second career NHL playoff goal, as well as his first playoff goal as a Ranger. Glass tallied his first career NHL playoff goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2013 against the NY Islanders, when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Michael Grabner tallied an empty-net goal, was credited with three hits and posted a plus-one rating.

Alain Vigneault coached his 50th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, becoming the third head coach in franchise history to accomplish the feat (along with Emile Francis and Lester Patrick). Vigneault ranks third among Rangers head coaches in all-time playoff games coached, playoff wins, and playoff rounds coached, trailing only Francis and Patrick in each category. In addition, the Rangers’ First Round series against Montreal this year is the 21st playoff series he has coached since 2007. The only NHL head coaches who have guided their teams in as many playoff series as Vigneault has over the span are Joel Quenneville and Mike Babcock.

Jesper Fast notched an assist, tied for the team-high with five hits, and posted a plus-two rating.

Marc Staal skated in his 93rd career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, tying Walt Tkaczuk for second place on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list (among skaters).

Derek Stepan skated in his 86th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, passing Don Maloney for sole possession of fourth place on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list (among skaters).

Ryan McDonagh skated in his 85th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, tying Don Maloney for fifth place on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list (among skaters).

Dan Girardi led all skaters with four blocked shots and tied for the team-high with five hits in 21:16 of ice time. Girardi has skated in at least one playoff game with the Rangers in 10 different seasons in his career (2006-07 – 2008-09; 2010-11 – 2016-17). He is one of eight skaters (forwards or defensemen) in franchise history who have played at least one playoff game in 10 or more seasons with the Rangers (along with Ron Greschner, Frank Boucher, Rod Gilbert, Ott Heller, Ching Johnson, Murray Murdoch, and Walt Tkaczuk). Girardi is the Rangers’ all-time leader (among skaters) in playoff games played (111).

Jimmy Vesey made his NHL playoff debut in tonight’s contest.

–        Tomorrow (Thursday, Apr. 13): Practice, 12:30 p.m. at Bell Centre

–        Next Game: Friday, Apr. 14 at Montreal (Game 2); 7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network

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