NHL Game Summary - Montreal at NY Rangers |
(Wednesday, December 10th)
Final Score: Montreal 2, NY Rangers 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jan Bulis broke a tie early in the third
period to lift the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at
Madison Square Garden.
Mike Ribeiro also scored on an assist from Bulis for Montreal, which is
unbeaten in six of its last seven (4-1-2). Jose Theodore had 28 saves in the
Chris Simon scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who have now dropped four of
their last five, falling three points behind Montreal for eighth in the
Mike Dunham stopped 21-of-23 shots in a losing cause.
Bulis broke the tie with 13:48 left in the final period after a bad defensive
zone giveaway by Petr Nedved, who tried to direct a clearing attempt through
his legs to a streaking Eric Lindros. Saku Koivu stole it and fed Bulis, who
beat Dunham high to the glove side for his sixth goal this year.
The Rangers had a few good chances to get on the board in the third. With the
score tied 1-1, Anson Carter stickhandled nicely past defenseman Andrei Markov
and was all alone against Theodore, but the puck rolled off his stick before
he could get away a clean shot.
Martin Rucinsky was victimized by the Garden ice as the puck hopped over his
stick as he stared down an open net midway through the third.
The Rangers only managed four shots against Theodore in the final period after
registering 25 in the first two.
Ribeiro started the scoring with his fifth tally of the season 12 minutes into
the first period. He got free on the doorstep and put home a cross-ice feed
from Michael Ryder at the left circle.
The Rangers evened the score when Simon notched his fifth midway through the
second. Mark Messier won the draw back to Greg de Vries, who threaded a sweet
pass to the charging Simon. The big winger displayed good hands, re-directing
the puck past Theodore into the open net.
Defenseman Stephane Quintal returned to the Canadiens' lineup after serving a
one-game suspension for a match penalty...Montreal is 6-5-1-1 on the road this
season...The Canadiens have won three straight at Madison Square Garden after
dropping four in a row...Montreal is 8-0 when leading after one period...Ryder
is fourth among NHL rookies with 16 points...Theodore has appeared in the last
13 Montreal games against the Rangers.
12/10 22:06:10 ET