The New York Rangers took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven NHL Eastern Conference Finals playoff series with the New Jersey Devils by winning 3-0 Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Here is some of the reaction from the Rangers following the Game 1 victory.
"We just kept on playing. We stayed with it," said Rangers coach John Tortorella. "We've been in these games all playoffs, with some of the experiences we've gone through. I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our conditioning, and, more importantly, in our mental makeup, as far as handling the situations."
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots, many of them difficult, in earning the shutout.
" as a goalie you always have to step up when the team needs you," Lundqvist said. "I think it's going to be a tight series. Just a big battle out there. And I thought we made a couple of big plays there when it was a 1-0 game. They had a few chances to tie it up. They didn't, and instead we scored the second one. And that was a big one. But I expect it to be just a big war out there for I don't know how many games. But I look forward to it."