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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Montreal

(Saturday, January 17th)

Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Montreal 2

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Alexei Kovalev scored late in the third period to lift the New York Rangers into a 2-2 tie with the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Bobby Holik also scored for the Rangers, who have earned points in five straight games (2-0-2-1). Mike Dunham turned aside 25 shots, including six in overtime.

Pierre Dagenais and Michael Ryder notched goals for the Canadiens, who have lost just once in their last 10 games (7-1-2). Jose Theodore, battling the flu, made 27 saves, but was not called upon to turn aside any shots in extra time.

"When you're not feeling 100 percent, you concentrate on the details, Theodore said. "That's what I did tonight. I saw the puck well, and even though I didn't have a lot of energy, I felt pretty good."

Dagenais also had a chance to win it in the extra stanza, but his turnaround shot from the right circle rang off the post.

Kovalev tied the contest with 5:06 left in the final period. Eric Lindros chipped the puck away from a Montreal defender behind the net and fed one out in front to a wide-open Kovalev, who one-timed it home for his 10th of the season.

Ryder's 13th goal of the year gave the Canadiens a 2-1 edge early in the third. With Anson Carter in the penalty box after clipping Joe Juneau with a high stick, Ryder grabbed a loose puck in the left corner and skated out to the circle. With nowhere else to go with the puck, he ripped a wrist shot to the top corner over Dunham's glove for the power-play goal.

New York's Chris Simon thought he scored the tying goal about a minute later, but it was waved off after a video replay determined he batted the puck in with a high stick.

Dagenais opened the scoring nine minutes into the first stanza. He took a drop pass from Mike Ribeiro at the right circle and fired a slap shot past Dunham for his 10th marker of the year.

Holik evened the score at 1-1 with a pretty passing play on a 3-on-2 rush. Skating down the middle, Holik swept a pass to Rucinsky on his left, who gave it right back to Holik on the doorstep for his 12th tally.

The Rangers had a golden opportunity to go ahead in the second period as Rucinsky and Petr Nedved had a 2-on-0 break. Rucinsky, on the left, sent it across to Nedved, who gave it right back for a one-timer. But Theodore slid across to make the save.

"Tonight Jose was there all game long," said an appreciative Ribeiro. "We gave them a lot of speed in the neutral zone, and a lot of 3-on-2's, 4-on-2's. "We can't play a game like that if we want to make the playoffs. "We have to say thank you to Theo."

Game Notes

Dagenais has at least one point in six straight contests (5g, 1a)...Tonight marked the one-year anniversary of Claude Julien?s hiring as Montreal's head coach. He has posted a 35-32-9-7 record through 83 games...Rangers defenseman Boris Mironov missed the game with the flu...The Canadiens finished 1-for-4 on the power play while the Rangers failed in their two power-play opportunities.

01/18 01:59:06 ET

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