The Montreal Canadiens flopped in their Game 1 performance over the weekend when the support of their home crowd was not enough to get them the win. Instead, the Canadiens watched the New York Rangers come in and dominate the game on way to a 7-2 win over Montreal as they took an early lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
While the Rangers had an easy game in the first match up, Brad Richards is expecting a much bigger test from the Canadiens when the two teams meet in Game 2 on Monday night.
“We’re going to see a whole different team tomorrow night and we’re expecting a big push from them,” Richards told New York Newsday.
Richards isn’t the only Rangers player who understands the Rangers be seeing a much different Canadiens team the second time around. Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said that the team needs to keep pushing to be better and they can’t get too comfortable.
“I think we played a really good game, but we also got lucky with some of the bounces, some of the goals, they just seemed to keep coming,” Girardi said. “We’re obviously very happy with our effort in Game 1, but we’re not dumb. We know it’s not going to happen again. We can’t be satisfied with that.”
If New York can keep the pressure on in Game 2 and steal another game on the road, they will be in clear control of the series before the action even shifts back to Madison Square Garden.