NHL Game Summary - Montreal at NY Rangers
(Sunday, January 17th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 6, Montreal 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan each had two goals, and the Rangers snapped a long home scoreless drought with a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Callahan had two assists, while Dubinsky had one helper. Marian Gaborik added a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who had gone 147 minutes, two seconds since their last goal at Madison Square Garden - Callahan's empty-netter in a 5-2 win over Dallas on January 6. After that, New York was blanked in consecutive home games by New Jersey and Ottawa.
Henrik Lundqvist turned away 18 shots for the Rangers, who erased a two-goal deficit and snapped a three-game skid in which they had just one total goal.
"It's a big character game for us, not only to score six goals but to come back from a 2-0 deficit at home where we've been struggling of late," Callahan said. "So it was a good game for us goal-wise but also we showed some character in the room."
Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta scored for Montreal. Jaroslav Halak made 28 stops for the Canadiens, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
"I thought tonight we definitely came with emotion and the work ethic," Cammalleri said. "We could have played a more effective, efficient road game."
Callahan scored 57 seconds into the second on a deflection, and then the Rangers surged ahead thanks to goals by Dubinsky less than three minutes apart. While short-handed, Callahan split defenders with the puck on a breakaway. Halak made the initial stop, but Dubinsky was right there to poke in the rebound out of mid-air at the 8:28 mark to tie the game.
Dubinsky then scored 2:36 later for a 3-2 lead as he took a cross-crease pass from Vinny Prospal and deposited the puck from the right of the net past Halak.
Callahan added to the lead 4:56 into the third on the power play, although the score was only allowed after a replay, which showed the puck bounced off Halak and slid just over the goal line near the right post.
Gaborik scored on a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Dubinsky with 7:43 remaining. Chris Drury did the same from the left circle off a feed from Callahan with 4:11 left.
Cammalleri scored 3 1/2 minutes into the game off a nifty pass from Tomas Plekanec. The pass came from above the right circle directly onto the stick of Cammalleri, who blasted the disc high to beat Lundqvist.
The Canadiens claimed a 2-0 lead in controversial fashion with 5:10 left in the first when Gionta was credited with his 13th marker of the season. The goal came on the power play as Sean Avery was in the penalty box for interference.
Lundqvist stopped Marc-Andre Bergeron's one-timer from the high slot, but Gionta backhanded the puck out of the air and easily by the Rangers netminder. Lundqvist argued Gionta's stick was above the crossbar, but after a replay the goal was allowed to remain on the scoreboard.
"After the first period, they kept themselves together," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "Even during the first period, although we were down 2-0, I thought we had some good minutes there as far as our forecheck was concerned. Everybody played. I think they played for one another, they stuck up for one another."
These same teams play Saturday night in Montreal...This was Dubinsky's third two-goal game of the season...The Rangers will next face-off against Tampa Bay on Tuesday at MSG, in their fifth game in eight days...Prospal had two assists...The Canadiens host St. Louis Wednesday...The Canadiens have lost six of their last seven at MSG...The Rangers have posted a record of 9-2-1 against the Northeast Division...Montreal's Roman Hamrlik played in his 1,200th NHL game. He is the 29th defenseman to reach that plateau...There were 12 penalties on each team, totaling 68 minutes.
01/17 23:09:09 ET