Rangers Win Again at Montreal to Take 2-0 Lead in NHL Playoffs

The Rangers scored three times against backup goalie Dustin Tokarski and again defeated the host Montreal Canadiens to take a two-games-to-none lead in their National Hockey League playoff series.

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves for the Rangers, who won 3-1 tonight and have captured the opening two games of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals in Montreal. New York has won five straight games since falling behind the Pittsburgh Penguins three-games-to-one in their previous series.

Game 3 is set for May 22 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The winner of the series advances to the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks or the Los Angeles Kings.

Tokarski started in place of Carey Price, who will miss the rest of the series with what the Canadiens called a “lower body” injury.

Price, who started all 12 of Montreal’s previous games this postseason, was hurt in a Game 1 collision with Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who came in alone on Price and slid into the goalie after shooting wide of the net.

Max Pacioretty opened the scoring for the Canadiens six minutes, 14 seconds into tonight’s game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, only to have Ryan McDonagh tie it up 17 seconds later. Rick Nash scored with 62 seconds left in the first period to give New York a 2-1 lead.

Martin St. Louis scored midway through the second period on a power play to make it 3-1. St. Louis, accompanied by his teammates, attended his mother’s funeral yesterday in Laval, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal.

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