NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Montreal|
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, NY Rangers 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Carey Price stopped 17 shots and Brian Gionta
scored twice, as Montreal brought the New York Rangers' winning streak to an
end with a 4-0 defeat at Bell Centre.
The Rangers were aiming for their first eight-game streak since the 1974-75
season, but were utterly dominated and suffered their fifth straight loss in
The Canadiens also got goals from Erik Cole and Tomas Plekanec in the victory,
their fourth in the last six games. Price recorded his second shutout of the
season and the 14th of his career.
"Our awareness in our defensive zone is right on," Price said. "I think what
we're doing is that we're keeping the gaps close and not giving them any
Martin Biron allowed four goals on 31 shots in the setback, including one just
3:45 into the game during a Montreal power play.
"Now we have to go back and do our homework and get back on our winning
ways," Biron said. "Instead of over-complicating things and over-thinking
things, we have to keep it simple."
Yannick Weber started with the puck from behind his own net and fired a pass
from behind his blue line into the neutral zone for Cole, who was along the
right boards and close to Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
But Del Zotto was moving laterally and couldn't reach Cole before he skated
into the offensive zone and fired a shot past Biron from the middle of the
The Habs went up 2-0 early in the second period thanks to a crafty Scott Gomez
and opportunistic Gionta. While being checked from behind, Gomez backhanded a
pass into the Rangers' zone along the right boards. Gionta raced to the loose
puck and wristed a shot from the outside edge of the circle, beating Biron at
Plekanec's power-play tally seven minutes into the third put Montreal ahead by
three, and the Rangers never caught up. They had only 10 shots through two
periods and couldn't beat Price in the third.
Gionta tallied his second goal -- a one-timer from the slot, again off a pass
by Gomez -- with 6:13 to play.
The Rangers' last win in Montreal came on March 17, 2009, a 4-3 shootout
victory...New York continues its four-game road trip Wednesday in Florida
against the Panthers, then ends it Friday against the Capitals.
11/19 22:33:31 ET