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Callahan scores lone goal as Rangers blank Canadiens

MONTREAL (CP) - Ryan Callahan ended New York's four-year-old goal drought in Montreal and rookie Cam Talbot got his first NHL shutout as the Rangers downed the Canadiens 1-0 on Saturday night.

Callahan got his sixth of the season for New York (10-9-0), which has won eight of its last 11 games.

Talbot, 26, who replaced Martin Biron as backup, became the first Rangers goalie to earn a shutout in Montreal since Ed Giacomin in a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967.

The Rangers outshot Montreal (10-9-2) 34-22.

The Canadiens were coming off a 3-2 shootout win in Columbus on Friday night and spent most of the game a step behind the Rangers, who played the first of back-to-back games before playing Los Angeles at home on Sunday.

Callahan broke the Rangers' Bell Centre jinx just as a two-man advantage ended as he tipped Brad Richard's blast from the left circle past Carey Price 5:25 into the second period.

The Canadiens went into the game with four straight shutouts against New York, including a 2-0 win Oct. 28 with Peter Budaj in goal. Price had blanked the Rangers the last four times he faced them at the Bell Centre and lost at home to them for the first time in eight meetings.

Montreal was 7-0-1 at home against New York and had outscored them 25-3 since a 4-3 loss in March, 2009.

The Rangers dressed Talbot largely because Henrik Lundqvist, who will play against Los Angeles, often struggles in Montreal.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
05:25NYR PPG - Ryan Callahan (6) ASST: Brad Richards (10), Derek Stepan (10) 1 - 0 NYR
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Callahan
Ryan Callahan
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:31
Cam Talbot
Cam Talbot
SA: 22TOI: 59:58
GA: 0EV: 19-19
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: 1.000SH: 2-2
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 34TOI: 59:27
GA: 1EV: 31-31
PIM: 0PP: 2-3
SV%: .971SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:32NYR Derek Stepan  Hooking against  David Desharnais
2nd Period
03:22MTL Raphael Diaz  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
04:42MTL Max Pacioretty  Tripping against  Carl Hagelin
17:04NYR Chris Kreider  Hi-sticking against  P.K. Subban
3rd Period
01:24MTL Brandon Prust  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cam Talbot
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/2
Faceoff Wins2727
Blocked Shots2115
Penalty Minutes46
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6A. StralmanD0001021:08
10J. MillerC000308:11
15D. DorsettR0002013:28
16D. BrassardC0002013:04
17J. MooreD0001012:39
18M. StaalD0000022:33
19B. RichardsC0104017:24
20C. KreiderL0003217:38
21D. StepanC0102217:33
22B. BoyleC0002013:56
24R. CallahanR1002017:31
27R. McDonaghD0001025:59
28D. MooreC0001013:52
36M. ZuccarelloR0002019:50
44J. FalkD0001012:11
62C. HagelinL0004015:49
67B. PouliotL000109:49
33C. Talbot22221.00059:58
8B. PrustL0002216:53
11B. GallagherR0002011:43
14T. PlekanecC0002018:55
17R. BourqueR0000019:15
21B. GiontaR0003016:22
26J. GorgesD0000017:42
27A. GalchenyukC0000014:21
32T. MoenL000209:13
48D. BriereC000208:48
49M. BournivalL000007:33
51D. DesharnaisC0003018:29
55F. BouillonD0001017:56
61R. DiazD0001217:19
67M. PaciorettyL0001218:38
74A. EmelinD0001016:04
76P. SubbanD0000025:33
79A. MarkovD0002024:46
81L. EllerC0000016:20
31C. Price3334.97159:27