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 victory.
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 Eastern Conference.
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