New York Rangers‘ starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is said to be one of the best goaltenders, arguably the best, in the entire NHL. However, if there is one thing Lundqvist cannot do, it is win a game in the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, a.k.a. the home of the Montreal Canadiens. In 11 regular season games in his career in Montreal, Lundqvist is 4-5-2 with a 3.87 GAA and a .876 save percentage, and has not won a game there since 2009.
This afternoon, though, was the first time Lundqvist would ever face the Canadiens in Montreal in a playoff series, so with a clean slate and the help of 7 goals from his Rangers’ teammates, Lundqvist was able to settle in and get the monkey off of his back in his first win in Montreal since 2009, in a 7-2 Game 1 win.
It was a very impressive Game 1 for Lundqvist and the Rangers overall, to say the least. Lundqvist would go on to stop 20 of 22 shots on goal while the Rangers would make the most of their opportunities by scoring 7 times on their 28 total shots.
The biggest question mark for the Rangers going into this series is how will Lundqvist and the rest of the team play in Montreal, a place in recent years that has become known as the Rangers’ “House of Horrors”. While no one can predict the future, Game 1 was certainly a great start for Lundqvist and the Rangers in silencing the critics and taking a 1-0 series lead in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Canadiens.