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Nash ends drought as Rangers beat Canadiens

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According to TSN, the New York Rangers won game one of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday with a commanding 7-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The game was significant for Canadian Olympic gold medalist Rick Nash of Brampton, Ontario who notched his first goal in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Nash scored his first goal of the postseason, despite having 54 shots on goal since the playoffs began for the Rangers on April 17. Nash's goal against the Canadiens came at 4:36 of the third period on the power play from John Moore and Norwegian Olympian Mats Zuccarello to give the Rangers a 7-1 lead at the time.

Nash now has one goal and six assists for seven points in 15 playoff games. A left and right winger for the Rangers, Nash had 26 goals and 13 assists for 39 points in the regular season.

Nash also added an assist in the hockey game when Chris Krieder scored his second of the postseason to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead with 1:01 left in the second period. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Martin St. Louis of Laval, Quebec also scored a goal and an assist for the Rangers. St. Louis and Nash were teammates for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Nash also won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

There is also another significant storyline that involved another Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sunday. Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price of Anahim Lake, British Columbia, injured his knee when Kreider collided into him during the second period. He was replaced by Peter Budaj in the third period of game one. Budaj gave up three goals on eight shots. There is no word yet if Price, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, will be available for game two on Monday night.

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