Didn’t take long for New York to snuff out Montreal’s bright start at the Bell Center.
The Canadiens got off to a dream start in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, taking a 1-0 lead just 6:14 into the game when a hardworking cycle shift resulted in Max Pacioretty banking home his first goal and point of the series:
But, as mentioned above, Montreal’s good vibes were short-lived.
The Habs surrendered the equalizer just 17 seconds after Pacioretty’s goal, as Ryan McDonagh’s wrister caromed off Josh Gorges and behind Dustin Tokarski:
The goal continued McDonagh’s offensive assault on the Habs — through four periods of action this series, the Rangers rearguard has two goals and three assists, putting him just four points back of P.K. Subban for the scoring lead among defensemen this postseason.