MONTREAL - After falling 2-0 in the opening game of their first-round series against the New York Rangers, the Canadiens will be looking to bounce back in Game 2 on Friday night.
The Habs opened up the game with a strong showing, peppering Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist with 16 shots in the first frame. The veteran Swede was outstanding between the pipes, turning aside 31 shots for his 10th career playoff shutout.
Aside from Tanner Glass' backhand goal off a faceoff at 9:50 of the first period, Carey Price was perfect at the other end of the ice, pushing aside the 29 other shots the Rangers sent his way before Michael Grabner deposited the insurance marker into an empty net with 1:10 to go in the game.
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Shea Weber and Andrei Markov led all Canadiens skaters in ice time, logging 24:15 and 23:08, respectively. The Habs played a physical game, out-hitting the Blueshirts 53-45, led by Paul Byron's seven body checks.
The Canadiens will be looking for their first goal of the series in Game 2, and will surely use the notoriously raucous Bell Centre crowd to fuel another strong start.
If he sticks to what he put together for Thursday's practice, head coach Claude Julien will be keeping his line combinations intact from Game 1. The Habs bench boss will confirm his Game 2 lineup on Friday.
Puck drop for Game 2 is at 7:00 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on CBC, TVA Sports, TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.