Montreal Canadiens: A Contentious Face-Off

Updated: April 20, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

For hockey fans, few events inspire the level of exhilarating competition like playoff season. For a few weeks, the troubles of daily life give way to an event that is riddled with breathtaking moments and incomparable intensity. But the NHL playoffs are more than just a source for competition; they are also a beacon of camaraderie. In a world that is notably divided at the moment, the playoffs are a refreshing period of unity.

The Montreal Canadiens are currently facing off against the New York Rangers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Habs finished the regular season at the top of the Atlantic Division, and the Rangers just managed to make the playoffs by finishing in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. Still, these standings are misleading, as the Rangers have proven themselves to be more than a match for the Tricolor. Indeed, the battle between the two storied hockey titans has been nothing less than thrilling.

On April 12th, the Habs were shut out by the Rangers at the Bell Centre in Game 1 of the playoff series. The Rangers claimed a 2-0 victory, with left winger Tanner Glass and right winger Michael Grabner having scored the two goals. The former scored at 9:50 in the first, while the latter scored on an empty net with just over a minute remaining in the third period. Meanwhile, acclaimed goaltender Henrik Lundqvist once again demonstrated why he is the Rangers’ most valuable asset when he made an astounding 31 saves. In short, powerful offensive and defensive lines allowed the Rangers to clinch an unexpected yet deeply satisfying victory.

Then, on April 14th, the Habs tied the round with a 4-3 win in Game 2 at the Bell Centre. Paul Byron and Jeff Petry scored for the Canadiens in the first period. Also, Michael Grabner once again demonstrated his playoff prowess by scoring for the Rangers in the first period. The Rangers dominated the second period, as Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello put the team in the lead. In an absolutely electrifying turn of events, Tomas Plekanec managed to tie the game with 18 seconds left in the third period. Finally, Habs right winger Alexander Radulov scored at 18:34 minutes in overtime. The crowd went wild, to say the least.

The next games of the best-of-seven series will continue over the course of the upcoming week. Now, the Habs will travel to New York City’s Madison Square Garden to confront the Rangers on April 16th and 18th. Be sure to catch all of the spectacular action with amazing Habs tickets, courtesy of!