NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Montreal
(Saturday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Montreal 6, NY Rangers 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Michael Cammalleri had two goals, his team- leading 25th and 26th of the season, and picked up two assists to help the Montreal Canadiens exact a measure of revenge against the New York Rangers with a 6-0 pounding at Bell Centre.
The Rangers scored six unanswered goals against Montreal for a 6-2 win last Sunday at Madison Square Garden, but were held off the board as the Canadiens' Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for his third shutout of the year.
Scott Gomez, Benoit Pouliot, Tomas Plekanec and Maxim Lapierre also tallied for the Canadiens, who have won two straight after losing three in a row.
"We just had to put 60 minutes together and that's what we did tonight," Halak said. "We stuck to the game plan. It was a great team effort."
New York starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was chased from the crease after allowing four goals on 15 shots in less than 27 minutes. Matt Zaba, making his NHL debut, yielded two power-play goals on 16 shots the rest of the way.
"We're well aware of how important these games are right now and we want to try to be on the right side of the playoff run," Lundqvist said. "In the last few games we haven't found ways to score."
The Rangers were shut out for the second consecutive game and fourth time in their last seven contests overall.
Gomez opened the scoring at the 9:05 mark of the first period. Lundqvist made a right pad save on Jaroslav Spacek's blast from the point, but Gomez was able to bury the juicy rebound.
Montreal erupted in the middle stanza, scoring three times in a span of 3:42.
Cammalleri snapped a wrister that beat Lundqvist on the glove side at 2:35, then Lapierre lit the lamp two minutes later, his first goal in 29 games. Cammalleri found the net again at 6:17, and let go a shot that deflected in off Pouliot with nine minutes remaining in the second period.
Plekanec capped the offensive onslaught midway through the third period with a deft backhander to the short side.
Halak has seven career whitewashes...Spacek and Marc-Andre Bergeron both collected two helpers for Montreal...The Canadiens posted their largest margin of victory over the Rangers since a 7-1 thrashing on October 10, 1998...Canadiens left winger Sergei Kostitsyn returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with an ankle injury...The Rangers host Pittsburgh on Monday...Montreal begins a three-game road Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.
01/23 22:46:27 ET