The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers share a few things in common. They both play on large islands in the middle of rivers, both wear red, white and blue, and both make up one half of a major rivalry that dates back to the 1920’s.
That old rivalry was renewed today on the Canadian side of the border, as the Habs and Rangers played Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in front of an international television audience.
And while both teams could easily be seen on the ice together, only one of them actually showed up.
The Rangers blew past the Canadiens 7-2 Saturday, getting goals from Martin St. Louis, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash. Rene Bourque and Lars Eller tallied for the Habs.
To be sure, the visiting Blueshirts made a big statement by firing such a huge opening salvo at their hosts. They even chased Carey Price out of the Habs net, as Peter Budaj replaced him in the crease for the 3rd.
However it is important to remember that one game does in no way a seven game series make.
The Canadiens still have plenty of time to get back into these Finals. It’s just that now they have one fewer game than they did in which to do so.
These Original 6ers will be back at it again Tuesday night in Bell Centre at 8pm ET.