NHL Game Summary - Montreal at NY Rangers
(Thursday, October 6th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, NY Rangers 3 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Michael Ryder scored his second game-winning goal in as many nights, this one 2:10 into overtime, as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers, 4-3, at Madison Square Garden.
Ryder, who scored the game-winning goal with 11.1 seconds left in Montreal's 2-1 season-opening win over Boston on Wednesday, tallied two goals and Jose Theodore stopped 16 shots for Montreal.
Christopher Higgins and Alexander Perezhogin both notched their first NHL career goals for the Canadiens.
Kevin Weekes allowed four goals on 28 shots and Marcel Hossa, Martin Rucinsky and Dominic Moore each scored goals for the Rangers.
"Obviously, it's tough to lose," Weekes said. "Fortunately, we got the point, but it's never easy losing. That last goal was frustrating for me personally. It was kind of a rolling puck that he shot. It went through me. I'd like to have it back, obviously. That's a tough thing. It's plays like that that makes it tough to be a goalie."
Ryder won the game for Montreal in the extra frame after he gained the offensive zone and wristed a shot from the top of the left circle that went off Weekes' pads and into the net.
"It's only early in," Ryder said. "I just wanted to shoot it on net and hope it goes in. I tried to use the defenseman as a screen. It was a total team effort and I was just the guy to score the goal tonight."
That was after New York tied the score with just 2:36 remaining in the third period when Moore used his skate to redirect a shot from Fedor Tyutin past Theodore for the Rangers' only power-play goal of the game.
New York broke the ice just 1:05 into the first period after Steve Rucchin intercepted a Montreal pass, skated into the neutral zone and hit Martin Straka as he was cruising down the left boards. Straka one-timed a cross-ice pass to a streaking Hossa, who easily slid the puck past Thoedore stick-side.
Montreal tied the score at 9:03 of the first period after Ryder scored on the power-play. Mike Ribeiro gained the zone and slid the puck along the boards to Pierre Dagenais, who backhanded a pass across the goal mouth that found Ryder, who buried it in the back of the net.
The Canadiens took their first lead of the game after Higgins gathered a pass from Tomas Plekanec with his feet, kicked it to his forehand and slammed it past Weekes for his first NHL goal.
New York tied the game under two minutes later after Michael Nylander gathered the puck behind the Canadiens net and slid a backhand pass into the slot that found Rucinsky all by himself. Rucinsky beat Theodore stick side to tie the game 2-2 with 3:03 left in the first period.
Montreal reacquired the lead 6:07 into the second period after Perezhogin scored his first NHL goal. Former Ranger Alex Kovalev found Perezhogin all alone at center ice and hit him with a pass that sent him on a breakaway. Perezhogin beat Weekes high in the mesh to make it 3-2.
Instead of wearing its traditional pregame jerseys, New York replaced its trademark diagonal letters that spelled "Rangers" with "Thank You" and gave them to select fans...Higgins, a Long Island native, scored his first NHL goal in New York...The Canadiens have won at Madison Square Garden in their last four meetings...Three different players scored their first NHL goal in the game...Rucchin had two assists for New York. Montreal was 1-of-11 on the power play, while New York was 1-of-6.
10/06 23:30:05 ET