Rangers take Game 2; Figuring out Vigneault; Richards and St. Louis' friendship; Kreider's engine

Bruce Bennett

Today's New York Rangers notes.

For the first time in their last 14 tries, the Rangers entered a playoff game with a series lead, and won the game. And while there were plenty of storylines that emerged in the hours before Monday night's game, it's worth noting again how this Rangers group responded a day after the entire team attended France St. Louis funeral. Here are your morning notes.

Key contributions from their top players, and a fantastic performance from Henrik Lundqvist led the Rangers to a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night. Some recaps. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [The Record] [Newsday] [Blueshirts United]

At the perfect time, the Rangers are figuring out Alain Vigneault, and his vision. [Blueshirt Banter]

The biggest news of course surrounding Game 2 was the announcement that Carey Price will miss the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [Rangers Rants] [Newsday]

Chris Kreider is back for the New York Rangers. That's pretty big. [Blueshirt Banter]

And after being on the other end of the collision that knocked Price out of the series, Kreider is now public enemy number one in Montreal. [Blueshirts Blog]

A day after Martin St. Louis gave the eulogy at his mother's funeral, and he's still finding reasons to smile. [NY Post]

Some must-read stuff from Larry Brooks: Brad Richards and St. Louis' bond began with a hockey stick. [NY Post]

For his nifty assist in Game 1, Mats Zuccarello is receiving some royal distinctions from his home country. [Daily News]

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