(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Rangers blew past the Canadiens 7-2 in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals at Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday.
Goals 51 seconds apart late in the second period by winger Chris Kreider and center Brad Richards helped turn a 2-1 Rangers lead into a convincing victory in a building that went from very loud to quite quiet over the course of three hours.
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh, center Derek Stepan and wingers Martin St. Louis, Mats Zuccarrello and Rick Nash had the other Rangers goals. McDonagh added three assists for a four-point game, while Zuccarello also had a couple of helpers.
Winger Rene Bourque and center Lars Eller scored the Montreal goals.
(Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)