Post Game Rangers Fun Stuff after Game 1 win


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Victorious Rangers celebrate a Game 1 win over the Canadiens at Bell Centre. AP Photo via Getty Images courtesy NYRangers.

When you win in the NHL Playoffs, it’s always more fun. Look at the excitement of the victorious Rangers coming off the Bell Centre Ice and into their locker room after shutting out the Canadiens 2-0 to take Game 1 up in Montreal. A lot of sarcastic ribbing and fun hand slaps between the boys and “goon” Mats Zuccarello. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Zuccarello was waiting for them after getting two minutes for roughing with new Habs pal Brendan Gallagher in the final minute. Watch as Ryan McDonagh comes by and says, “Hey goon!” to chuckles. Then you have Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta having fun hand slapping Zuccarello. Tanner Glass gives him a big hug and then Derek Stepan enters last with a grin.

You can tell how close knit this team is. This time, they’re the underdog and they know it. But they have experience and are more than capable. Something that they proved by taking the first game at Bell Centre to improve to 6-1 all-time in the playoffs. The same House of Horrors they struggle in during the regular season.

Here is our first star Tanner Glass talking about his nifty backhand goal top shelf over Carey Price’s glove off an Oscar Lindberg offensive draw. And then about getting the first one. He gets it.

How’s this for a winning photo? Stick this in your trophy case Corsis! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is how it sounded on CBC when Tanner scored! What a shot. It was better than first thought. It’s not easy to get off a backhand and put it where Glass did. Especially in tight off a face-off win. You can argue Price wasn’t expecting it. But wow. Good for Tanner.

A beautiful shot of Bell Centre before opening face-off during the Canadian and American national anthems. Wow.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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