Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Rangers rout Canadiens, 7-2

Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers had a reason to smile in the midst of a weekend of sadness.

St. Louis, who will attend his mother's funeral with his teammates on Sunday, scored the opening goal of the Eastern Conference finals to pace New York's suddenly high-powered offense in a 7-2 rout of the Canadiens on Saturday in Montreal.

New York got goals from six other players, and Henrik Lundqvist quieted talk of a Montreal jinx in a 20-save effort. It was his first victory at the Bell Centre in more than two years.

The Rangers have wrested home-ice advantage away from the Canadiens, heading into Game 2 of the series Monday night.

"It was an emotional time for everyone, but the guys have been behind me and supported me," said St. Louis, who received a long ovation from the crowd when he was named the game's first star."

Western Conference

The Los Angeles Kings had very little time to celebrate their Game 7 victory at Anaheim. Not with a rested Chicago Blackhawks team looming in the Western Conference finals.

The Kings and Blackhawks will play Game 1 of their NHL playoff series Sunday afternoon at the United Center. The Kings beat the Ducks, 6-2, on Friday night to reach the Western Conference finals for the third consecutive season. - Associated Press

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