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Nash scores winner as Rangers beat Canadiens

Rick Nash (centre)
Rick Nash (centre)
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According to TSN, the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in game two of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Rick Nash scored the game winning goal with 1:02 left in the first period as the Rangers now have a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final series.

Nash's goal came from Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan to put the Rangers up 2-1 at the time. After a slow start to the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, Nash now has two goals in his last two games. The native of Brampton, Ontario now has two goals and six assists for eight points in 16 playoff games.

Meanwhile, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Martin St. Louis of Laval, Quebec also scored an insurance goal in the second period for the Rangers. St. Louis's goal on the power play came from Stepan and Ryan Mcdonagh and put the Rangers up 3-1. Mcdonagh also scored for the Rangers in the first period, only 17 seconds after Max Pacioretty put the Canadiens up 1-0.

Nash and St. Louis were gold medal winning teammates for Canada in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Nash also won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

St. Louis has been going through a difficult personal time as of late. His mother France died earlier this month and St. Louis attended her funeral on Sunday. St. Louis's Rangers teammates joined him at the funeral.

The Eastern Conference Final now shifts to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday for game three. With the Canadiens trailing in the series, the chances are dim that Montreal will win their first Stanley Cup since 1993. According to TSN, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien has not decided whether or not to start Dustin Tokarski or Peter Budaj as the goaltender for the injured Carey Price.