Rangers take 2-0 series lead over Canadiens, the latest on the Kings and Blackhawks, plus updates on Alex Ovechkin, Kris Letang and more.

Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 40 saves against the Canadiens.

Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 40 saves against the Canadiens.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 40 shots while Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis scored to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, taking a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Conference Final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens had a better effort in this game, and call-up Dustin Tokarski couldn’t be faulted on those Ranger goals, but Lundqvist was simply outstanding.  The Habs face a must-win Game 3 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. If they lose that one, they’re sunk. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott examines how the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings outsmarted the salary cap to remain Cup contenders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks and Kings haven’t so much “outsmarted” the cap as they’ve learned to work within it. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has been cleared to speak again after taking a puck to the throat in Games 2 of the division final against Minnesota.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin has avoided serious injury to his right knee after he was hit by a hip check in Russia’s World Championship game on Sunday against Germany. An MRI revealed no torn ligaments. It’s believed the knee is sprained and won’t affect his return to Capitals training camp in September.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Agent Pat Brisson is not interested in becoming the next Penguins general manager. Among Brisson’s clients is Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

CBS SPORTS: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffered a broken foot in Game 6 of the Penguins’ division final against the NY Rangers, followed by a broken hand in Game 7.

NBC SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed GM Bob Murray to a contract extension stretching to 2020.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL forward Radek Bonk has retired. Bonk had 497 points in 969 NHL games. He spent the past 4 1/2 seasons playing in the Czech Republic.