Rangers 7, Canadiens 2: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh collected a goal and three assists and Mats Zuccarello had a tally and set up two others as visiting New York emphatically won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.Rick Nash scored to snap a 17-game playoff goal-scoring drought and added an assist to match the performances of Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider. Brad Richards netted his club-best fifth tally for the Rangers, who became the first team to score at least seven goals in Game 1 of a conference final since Chicago had eight versus Edmonton in 1992. Game 2 in Monday in Montreal.Rene Bourque atoned for committing back-to-back minor penalties in the first period by depositing captain Brian Gionta's centering feed past Henrik Lundqvist (20 saves) to trim New York's lead to 2-1 with 7:22 remaining in the second. The wheels began to come off six minutes later as Kreider breezed by Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin and beat Carey Price (16 saves) before Richards scored from a sharp angle with 12 seconds left in the session.New York kept up the intensity by scoring three power-play goals in a 3:08 span early in the third against Peter Budaj (five saves), who replaced Price to begin the period. McDonagh's blast from between the circles gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead at 1:28 before Stepan scored from in close for a 5-on-3 goal at 4:11. Nash ended his pronounced drought just 25 seconds later with a wrist shot from the right circle before Lars Eller's short-handed goal capped the scoring with 4:38 remaining.Dominic Moore's brilliant passing played a role in New York's first two goals as his backhanded centering feed from the right circle found St. Louis on the doorstep for an easy tap-in 4:35 into the contest. Moore once again went to his backhand under two minutes later to set up Zuccarello, who alertly collected the puck after it caromed off the skate of McDonagh and beat Price from in close. GAME NOTEBOOK: New York C Derick Brassard suffered an upper-body injury early in the first period after absorbing an open-ice hit from Montreal D Mike Weaver. Brassard did not return to the contest. ... Kreider crashed into the extended right knee of Price during a partial breakaway 3:25 into the second. Price remained on the ice for several moments but stayed in the game. ... Montreal yielded seven goals on home ice for the fourth time in franchise history. Carolina was the last team to torch the Canadiens by such a margin, doing so on May 13, 2002. ... Eleven different members of the Rangers recorded at least one point.
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