Saturday, October 10, 2015   

(NHL playoffs) Rangers take 2-0 series lead over Canadiens
(05-20 11:39)

Henrik Lundqvist, pictured, made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period to help the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.
St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died just before Mother's Day. The Rangers have rallied around the grieving veteran and have won five in a row.
New York's Rick Nash also scored while Ryan McDonagh added a goal and an assist to give the defenseman six points in the opening two games of the series.
Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal, which outshot New York 41-30.
The Canadiens had Dustin Tokarski playing his first career NHL playoff game in goal in place of Carey Price, the Olympic gold medalist who hurt his right knee in the series opener when Chris Kreider crashed into the net.
The Canadiens rebounded from a 7-2 thumping in the opener with one of their better games of the playoffs, but Lundqvist had a nearly flawless game.
Montreal's worst fears were realized in the first period, which it dominated while falling behind 2-1.
A long period of sustained pressure produced the first goal as Lundqvist's clearing attempt went off Pacioretty's skate and into the net at 6:14.
But 17 seconds later, New York leveled as McDonagh swiped a puck toward the net from the point and saw it go in off Josh Gorges' leg and the post.
The crowd was booing Kreider when he sent a pass across to the right side and Nash's one-timer went in off the midsection of Tokarski, who was late getting across at 18:58 of the first. It was the second goal in as many games and second of the playoffs for Nash.
Tokarski had no chance as St. Louis wired a shot from the slot on a power play inside the post at 8:03 of the middle period.
The Rangers played a thorough defensive game in the third to prevent a comeback. --AP   
Other Sports breaking news:
(Football fraud) Korean challenges damage to ‘reputation’ (10-09 20:28)
(Euro 2016 roundup) Germans trip up, but Portugal, Northern Ireland move on (10-09 20:14)
(World Cup Qualifiers) Chile rattle Brazil (10-09 20:06)
(World Cup Qualifiers) Ecuador stun Argentina (10-09 20:03)
(Golf) Bae comes good at crucial time (10-09 19:59)
(Motorcycling) Lorenzo fastest at practice in Japan (10-09 19:53)
(Football fraud) Blatter fights 90-day ban (10-09 19:50)
(Motor racing) HK to host electric series on harbor front track (10-09 19:47)
(Football) Messi to stand trial for tax fraud (10-08 21:32)
(Golf) Korean chefs in a jam over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (10-08 19:03)

More breaking news >>

© 2015 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.