NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Montreal
(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Martin Rucinsky and Jamie Lundmark each posted a goal and an assist to lead the New York Rangers over the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1, at the Bell Centre.
Dominic Moore collected three helpers for the Rangers, who continued to stay hot as they played for the first time since coming off a 3-1-2 homestand.
Yanic Perreault scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who swept four games from the Rangers last season.
The Rangers trailed 1-0, near the midpoint mark of the second period, but tallied five unanswered goals and they never looked back en route to their highest goal production in a single game this season.
At 9:45 of the second, Anson Carter tied the game at 1-1 with a slapper in between the circles that found the back off the net through a partial screen.
Before the second period ended, Lundmark put the Rangers ahead 2-1 at 18:05 courtesy of a slap shot just inside the blue line.
Rucinsky netted his first goal of the season 3:27 into the third to increase the margin to 3-1. Boris Mironov sent a pass from the right circle towards the top of the crease where Rucinsky was able to tap it in.
The Rangers capped off the scoring with two power-play goals. At 11:58, with 12 seconds remaining on the man-advantage, Chris Simon skated to a rebound in the slot and beat Jose Theodore stick-side.
Then, just 40 seconds later, Dan Lacouture scored his first of the season from close range by slapping it out of the air.
The Canadiens opened up the scoring 6:14 into the second period on the power play with a fluke goal. Perreault controlled the puck behind the net and banked it off of a defenseman's skate just inside the right post.
Theodore made 22 saves for Montreal, while Mike Dunham stopped 34 shots for the Rangers.
Defenseman Brian Leetch has been sidelined with an ankle injury since early September, but could be back in the lineup on Sunday against the Avalanche...Montreal was only 1-of-8 on the power play.
11/01 22:01:50 ET