NHL Game Summary - Montreal at NY Rangers|
(Tuesday, January 11th)
Final Score: Montreal 2, NY Rangers 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Benoit Pouliot scored the game-winning goal in
the third period to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the New
York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Jaroslav Spacek also scored for Montreal, which has won three straight games
and will return to Quebec for a three-game homestand starting Wednesday
Alex Auld made 25 saves for the Canadiens, who remained within two points of
first-place Boston in the Northeast Division. The Bruins crushed the Senators
by a 6-0 count Tuesday.
Brandon Dubinsky scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who saw their three-
game win streak halted. Henrik Lundqvist allowed two goals on 38 shots in the
"It came down to the third period, and they scored a goal and we didn't" said
Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "I don't think we were great by any means,
but we didn't play a bad game, either."
With the score tied 1-1, Pouliot's ninth goal of 2010-11 put Montreal ahead
for good. He hustled down the left-wing side and, from a sharp angle inside
the lower circle, and beat Lundqvist high to the near side with a laser wrist
shot at the 6:03 mark.
"I was about to go off for a line change, but then I saw that the Rangers
defense was also changing, so I caught them flat-footed, went around and just
put it up high," said Pouliot.
The best chance for New York down the stretch was when newly-acquired Wojtek
Wolski hit the post from the left circle with three minutes to go, but the
Habs held on for the victory.
"I thought it went in, but sometimes it just works out that way," said Wolski.
The Rangers scored the only goal of the first period at 4:15. Matt Gilroy's
long outlet pass found the stick of Dubinsky along the right side of the
neutral zone. He used his speed to beat Montreal defenseman Hal Gill
down the near side before he swooped in and lit the lamp with a wrister from a
sharp angle near the right post.
With 1:11 remaining in the second, the visitors tied it up.
During an extended period at even strength during which Montreal kept the puck
in its offensive zone, Spacek took a shot from the left circle and it appeared
to deflect off of traffic in front before the puck barely crossed the goal
line. Although both Mathieu Darche and Pouliot were hovering around the
crease, Spacek was credited with his second goal of the season and the score
was tied at 1-1.
This marked the fourth straight game decided by one goal for the
Rangers...Wolski was dealt to the Rangers from Phoenix on Monday in exchange
for defenseman Michal Rozsival...Lundqvist was credited with a secondary
assist on Dubinsky's goal, and became the first Rangers goaltender to record a
helper in three consecutive starts...Montreal has won three of the last five
games against New York overall...Both teams finished 0-for-2 on the power
01/11 23:42:14 ET