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Canadiens 3, Rangers 2

Saturday, 01.15.2011 / 10:02 PM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 3, Rangers 2
New York Rangers 2, Montréal Canadiens 3

MONTREAL (AP) - Roman Hamrlik and Tomas Plekanec had power-play goals, and the Montreal Canadiens scored three times in a span of 2:46 in the first period to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday night.

James Wisniewski assisted on both power-play goals. He set up Hamrlik's tying goal 13:19 in and Plekanec's 14th goal, which made it 2-1, at 14:50. Andrei Kostitsyn scored Montreal's final goal at 16:03.

Highlights of the Canadiens-Rangers game

Carey Price made 31 saves for the Canadiens, who beat the Rangers 2-1 in New York on Tuesday. Montreal, which lost to Pittsburgh on Thursday, is on a 5-1-1 run.

Mats Zuccarello drew the Rangers within one 6:57 into the third. Brian Boyle, who scored his 15th goal, was denied from netting the tying goal moments later on a pad save by Price. The Canadiens goalie also made a sprawling stop on Wojtek Wolski's backhand with less than 5 minutes remaining.

Price made several more stops in the final minute after Montreal defenseman Hal Gill was called for hooking Boyle behind the Canadiens net with 1:05 left in the third.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots for New York, which had scored just one goal in each of its previous two games - including a 1-0 win Thursday over NHL-leading Vancouver.

Hamrlik drew Montreal even at 1 with his fourth goal after New York's Brandon Dubinsky was sent off for roughing. The veteran defenseman drove a slap shot from the point that struck Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi on its way past Lundqvist.

Mike Sauer was serving New York's second penalty for tripping 1:31 later when Plekanec put the Canadiens up 2-1. The Montreal center stopped P.K. Subban's pass with his right skate and snapped a shot into the right side of the net.

Kostitsyn increased the lead to 3-1 with his first goal in 10 games. He drove to the slot and one-timed Jeff Halpern's pass into the top of the net for his 11th goal, and first since Dec. 23.

Lundqvist drew a roughing penalty at 17:40 of the second after he jumped on Max Pacioretty and threw a punch with his blocker. The forward, who was pushed into Lundqvist by Dubinsky, was given a double minor for closing his hand on the puck. Dubinsky and Montreal captain Brian Gionta were given roughing penalties.

Boyle gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 6:58 in when he jammed home a loose puck in the crease from the side of the net.

NOTES: Rangers coach John Tortorella used his timeout before a faceoff in Montreal's zone with 1:22 remaining. ... Canadiens LW Michael Cammalleri returned after missing two games because of strep throat.


SEE ALSO
Postgame comments: Martin | Kostitsyn | Wisniewski | Price | Gionta | Darche
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Boxscore
Canadiens 3, Rangers 2
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scoring summary
1st Period
06:58
NYR
Brian Boyle (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Prust (11), Dan Girardi (18)
1 - 0 NYR
13:19
MTL
PPG - Roman Hamrlik (4) Slapshot - ASST: James Wisniewski (24), Mike Cammalleri (17)
1 - 1 Tie
14:50
MTL
PPG - Tomas Plekanec (14) Wrist shot - ASST: P.K. Subban (12), James Wisniewski (25)
2 - 1 MTL
16:03
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn (11) Slapshot - ASST: Jeff Halpern (11)
3 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:57
NYR
Mats Zuccarello (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Derek Stepan (13), Dan Girardi (19)
3 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:41
MTL
P.K. Subban  Slashing against  Brandon Dubinsky
12:10
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
14:02
NYR
Michael Sauer  Tripping against  Scott Gomez
16:06
MTL
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Kris Newbury
16:06
NYR
Kris Newbury  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
2nd Period
02:35
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:24
NYR
Derek Stepan  Too many men/ice - bench
15:00
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Tripping against  Jaroslav Spacek
17:47
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Closing hand on puck
17:47
MTL
Brian Gionta  Roughing against  Henrik Lundqvist
17:47
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
17:47
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
17:47
NYR
Henrik Lundqvist  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
3rd Period
18:55
MTL
Hal Gill  Hooking against  Brian Boyle
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
19-14-3
SA: 41TOI: 58:33
Saves: 38EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 2PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .927SH: 1 - 1
Carey Price
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0