The NY Rangers are now 2 wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals after beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Henrik Lundqvist shined like gold in the win saving 40-41 shots by the Canadiens. The fans for Montreal are all hockey, and all booing their home-team after 2 disappointing outings. Their star, starting goalie, Carey Price is out for the playoffs after getting hurt with Ranger, Chris Kreider on a collision in gm. 1. That made Montreal make a tough decision and put in 3rd stringer Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski made 27-30 saves in his 1st career playoff start. The Rangers got goals from Martin St.Louis who has been EN FUEGO during the playoffs, Rick Nash who scored his 1st goal of the playoffs in gm. 1 after 50+ misses and Ryan McDonagh. Game 3 and 4 are in MSG so the Rangers are in a position to play well behind their fans.
In the NBA, the Spurs defeated the Thunder 122-105 in gm. 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs blew out the Thunder from great starting and bench play. Tim Duncan scored 27 points now not guarding Serge Ibaka who is out for the playoffs. Duncan also had 7 boards. Manu Ginobili scored 18 points off the bench in the win, Tony Parker scored 14 points and dished 12 assists in the win. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green scored 16 points each in the win. For OKC, support from starters was non existent except KD scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook got 25. Kendrick Perkins had 5 points and Thabo Sefalosha and Nick Collison scored 00. The Thunder did get 13 points from Reggie Jackson and 16 from Derek Fisher. Game 2 will be @ San Antonio on Wednesday.