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St. Louis, Rangers grab 2-0 lead over Price-less Habs

  • New York Rangers' Rick Nash (61) celebrates with teammates Chris Kreider (20) and Derek Stepan after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    New York Rangers' Rick Nash (61) celebrates with teammates Chris Kreider (20) and Derek Stepan after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh (27) celebrates with teammates Mats Zuccarello (36), Chris Kreider (20) and Dan Girardi (5) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh (27) celebrates with teammates Mats Zuccarello (36), Chris Kreider (20) and Dan Girardi (5) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller, right, during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014 (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller, right, during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014 (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • New York Rangers' Chris Kreider celebrates a goal by teammate Martin St Louis as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski is near during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    New York Rangers' Chris Kreider celebrates a goal by teammate Martin St Louis as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski is near during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher slides in on New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, left, during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher slides in on New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, left, during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski is scored on by New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski is scored on by New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, right, scores on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period in the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, right, scores on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period in the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores the second goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014 in Montreal.      (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores the second goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) lets in the second goal during first period in game two against the New York Rangers in the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) lets in the second goal during first period in game two against the New York Rangers in the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is stopped by New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is stopped by New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is up ended by Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) and Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014 in Montreal.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is up ended by Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) and Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • New York Rangers' Rick Nash (61) celebrates with teammates Chris Kreider (20) and Derek Stepan after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh (27) celebrates with teammates Mats Zuccarello (36), Chris Kreider (20) and Dan Girardi (5) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller, right, during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014 (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • New York Rangers' Chris Kreider celebrates a goal by teammate Martin St Louis as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski is near during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher slides in on New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, left, during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski is scored on by New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, right, scores on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period in the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores the second goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014 in Montreal.      (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) lets in the second goal during first period in game two against the New York Rangers in the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is stopped by New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014, in Montreal.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is up ended by Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) and Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during first period in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff action Monday, May 19, 2014 in Montreal.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL – Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period and the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens yesterday.

The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday.

St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died just before Mother’s Day. The Rangers have rallied around the grieving veteran and have won five in a row.

New York’s Rick Nash also scored while Ryan McDonagh added a goal and an assist to give the defenseman six points in the opening two games of the series.

Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal, which outshot New York 41-30.

The Canadiens had Dustin Tokarski playing his first career NHL playoff game in goal in place of Price, the Olympic gold medalist who hurt his right knee in the series opener when Chris Kreider crashed into the net.

The Canadiens rebounded from a 7-2 thumping in the opener with one of their better games of the playoffs, but Lundqvist had a nearly flawless game.

Montreal’s worst fears were realized in the first period, which it dominated while falling behind 2-1.

A long period of sustained pressure produced the first goal as Lundqvist’s clearing attempt went off Pacioretty’s skate and into the net at 6:14.

But 17 seconds later, New York tied it as McDonagh swiped a puck toward the net from the point and saw it go in off Josh Gorges’ leg and the post.

The crowd was booing Kreider when he sent a pass across to the right side and Nash’s one-timer went in off the midsection of Tokarski, who was late getting across at 18:58 of the first. It was the second goal in as many games and second of the playoffs for Nash.

Tokarski had no chance as St. Louis wired a shot from the slot on a power play inside the post at 8:03 of the middle period.

The Rangers played a thorough defensive game in the third to prevent a comeback.

NOTES

∎ Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk returned from an injury to see his first playoff action for Montreal, replacing Michael Bournival.

∎ New York forward Derick Brassard, who suffered a suspected shoulder injury in Game 1, was replaced by Dan Carcillo.

∎ Price was photographed at the Bell Centre with a brace on his right knee.

∎ Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the game.

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