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Rangers 5, Canadiens 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 5, Canadiens 3
Montréal Canadiens 3, New York Rangers 5
Three Stars of the Game
Artem Anisimov
1st
Artem Anisimov
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:41
Dan Girardi
2nd
Dan Girardi
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 30:50
Ryan McDonagh
3rd
Ryan McDonagh
D
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 25:19

NEW YORK (AP) - The Rangers' are having lots of trouble cashing in on the power play, but it hasn't kept them from piling up some wins.

New York scored three goals in the first period and overcame a dismal 1-for-9 performance on the power play in a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. The Rangers have won three straight, all at home.

New playmaking center Brad Richards, who scored the winning goal late in the second period, is confident that New York will get things going when it has a man advantage.

"This group has been taught that if you just take care of a couple of details at the right time - like a blocked shot or getting the puck out of the zone - you'll get through it," said Richards, who signed a nine-year, $60 million deal this summer. "We've found ways to do that this year, and it's equaled wins."

Erik Christensen and defensemen Dan Girardi and Michael Del Zotto scored in the first period to pace the Rangers, who swarmed Montreal in the opening period with a 16-3 shot advantage.

Richards made it 4-2 late in the second for the Rangers (6-3-3), who are 3-1-1 on a six-game homestand that ends Sunday against Winnipeg.

Max Pacioretty and Andrei Kostitsyn scored in the second, and Brian Gionta added a goal with 1:10 left for Montreal, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Gionta scored after goalie Carey Price was pulled for an extra skater, but the Canadiens (5-6-2) couldn't get the tying goal.

Ryan Callahan sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

Rangers coach John Tortorella, who recorded his 100th win behind the New York bench, attributed the victory to his team's relentless work ethic.

"Getting up 3-0 is not as easy lead," said Tortorella, who took over for Tom Renney in February 2009, but has yet to guide the Rangers past the first round of the playoffs. "It was one of those games where you're scratching and clawing and trying to find a way to get it done. To come away up two going into the third period was important."

Christensen scored the Rangers' only power-play goal 4:57 in off a perfect goal-mouth feed from Derek Stepan with New York on a 5-on-3 advantage. The Rangers started the night 23rd in the NHL on power-play efficiency.

Girardi made it 2-0 with his second goal of the season, putting a shot past Price off a pass from Artem Anisimov, who had two assists. Del Zotto put the Rangers up 3-0 on a pretty backhand, set up by Anisimov and Stepan.

"You can see the chemistry the team has. We're all sticking up for each other," the 21-year-old Del Zotto said. "I know we are all happy to be back with our fans on our side to add some energy and some emotion."

Montreal outshot the Rangers 13-6 in the second, hit the post twice and the crossbar once. Less than a minute after Erik Cole struck the post to the left of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Richards put New York up 4-2 by beating Price with a wrist shot at 18:50.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said the reason his team lost was simple.

"It's hard to win a hockey game when you are in the penalty box," he said. "I thought we had a strong second period with a goal early in that gave us some momentum. That (Richards goal) was the probably the key."

Price had allowed just five goals during Montreal's four-game winning streak, which began after the Canadiens fired assistant coach Perry Pearn on Oct. 26. Montreal's 1-5-2 start was its worst since the 1941-42 season.

Montreal's rare visit to New York on a Saturday night - its third since 1964 - marked the return of Rangers agitator Sean Avery, who was sent to the minors by Tortorella days before the season began.

Avery was recalled from Connecticut of the AHL earlier this week to replace forward Wojtek Wolski, who was out with a groin injury. Fans at Madison Square Garden had been clamoring for Avery's return and gave him a rousing cheer when he made his first appearance midway through the first.

Avery had only seven shifts, totaling 4:46 of ice time, in his first NHL game this season. The Rangers improved to 130-89-31 with him in the lineup since he was acquired from Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2007.

New York was also without forward Mike Rupp, who will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week. In addition, the Rangers were forced to play with just five defensemen after Michael Sauer was ejected 4:18 in following a fight with Petteri Nokelainen, who was also given a game misconduct.

NOTES: The Rangers are 8-3 in their last 11 home games against the Canadiens. The Canadiens have played the Rangers in New York on Saturday only 11 times in 303 overall visits. The teams have met 194 times in New York on Sunday. The Canadiens' 2-1 win on Friday at Ottawa marked Montreal's 6,200th game in franchise history, dating to a 7-6 win over the Cobalt Silver Kings on Jan. 5, 1910. ... The Rangers are 10 wins shy of 2,500. ... New York signed free agent defenseman Anton Stralman.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:57
NYR
PPG - Erik Christensen (1) ASST: Derek Stepan (3), Marian Gaborik (5)
1 - 0 NYR
10:28
NYR
Dan Girardi (2) ASST: Artem Anisimov (4), Erik Christensen (3)
2 - 0 NYR
17:40
NYR
Michael Del Zotto (2) ASST: Derek Stepan (4), Artem Anisimov (5)
3 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
00:24
MTL
Max Pacioretty (5) ASST: Brian Gionta (5), Tomas Plekanec (6)
3 - 1 NYR
12:20
MTL
PPG - Andrei Kostitsyn (5) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (7), Mike Cammalleri (4)
3 - 2 NYR
18:50
NYR
Brad Richards (4) ASST: Brandon Prust (3), Andre Deveaux (1)
4 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
18:10
MTL
Brian Gionta (3) ASST: Jaroslav Spacek (3), Tomas Plekanec (8)
4 - 3 NYR
19:21
NYR
EN - Ryan Callahan (6) ASST: Ryan McDonagh (3), Brandon Dubinsky (6)
5 - 3 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:24
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Boarding against  Brad Richards
04:18
NYR
Michael Sauer  Game misconduct
04:18
MTL
Hal Gill  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
04:18
MTL
Petteri Nokelainen  Game misconduct
04:18
MTL
Mike Blunden  Interference against  Brandon Dubinsky
04:18
MTL
Mathieu Darche  Too many men/ice - bench
04:18
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Roughing against  Hal Gill
04:18
MTL
Petteri Nokelainen  Fighting (maj) against  Michael Sauer
04:18
NYR
Michael Sauer  Fighting (maj) against  Petteri Nokelainen
04:18
MTL
Mike Blunden  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Callahan
04:18
NYR
Ryan Callahan  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Blunden
08:21
MTL
David Desharnais  Hooking against  Artem Anisimov
10:48
MTL
David Desharnais  Tripping against  Brian Boyle
2nd Period
00:45
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Hooking against  Ryan Callahan
08:17
MTL
Brian Gionta  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Callahan
10:40
NYR
Ryan McDonagh  Holding against  Brian Gionta
11:48
NYR
Henrik Lundqvist  Holding against  Brian Gionta
14:56
MTL
Yannick Weber  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Callahan
3rd Period
13:19
MTL
P.K. Subban  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Henrik Lundqvist
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 28TOI: 59:24
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
4-3-3
SA: 28TOI: 59:39
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 1