Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/21/2014
Game 2, Thursday, May 22, 8:00 PM on NBCS, CBC, RDS
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday, the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens on the road for the second straight game with their 3-1 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Canadiens actually had a 41-30 advantage in shots on goal in the game, but they also failed to convert on any of their four power-play opportunities.
Left winger Max Pacioretty scored his fourth goal of the postseason six minutes into the first period with an unassisted tally to give the Canadiens an early 1-0 lead. The Rangers would respond 17 second later, though, when defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored an unassisted goal of his own. New York would grab a 2-1 advantage late in the period when Rick Nash scored his second goal of the playoffs.
The final goal of the game was scored eight minutes into the second period when Martin St. Louis scored a power-play goal to give the Rangers to two-goal win.
McDonagh finished the game with a goal and an assists for the Rangers, while center Derek Stepan had two assists in the win. New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had a great game in net by stopping 40 of the Canadiens' 41 shots on goal.
Montreal gave netminder Dustin Tokarski his first playoff start and he did pretty well by stopping 27 of the 30 shots he faced.
Montreal is 23-18 straight up on the road this season
Montreal is 15-21-5 against the over/under on the road this season
New York is 20-21 straight up at home this season
New York is 15-20-6 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
05/19/14 GO Carey Price Knee out for the rest of the series vs. NY Rangers
05/19/14 C Derick Brassard Upper Body questionable Thursday vs. Montreal
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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