The Rangers lead the best-of-seven
St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died just before
The Canadiens had Dustin Tokarski playing his first career
The Canadiens rebounded from a 7-2 thumping in the opener with one of their better games of the playoffs, but Lundqvist had a nearly flawless game.
Montreal's worst fears were realized in the first period, which it dominated while falling behind 2-1.
A long period of sustained pressure produced the first goal as Lundqvist's clearing attempt went off Pacioretty's skate and into the net at 6:14.
But 17 seconds later, New York tied it as McDonagh swiped a puck toward the net from the point and saw it go in off
The crowd was booing Kreider when he sent a pass across to the right side and Nash's one-timer went in off the midsection of Tokarski, who was late getting across at 18:58 of the first. It was the second goal in as many games and second of the playoffs for Nash.
Tokarski had no chance as St. Louis wired a shot from the slot on a power play inside the post at 8:03 of the middle period.