NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Montreal
(Sunday, February 3rd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Montreal 3
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Chris Drury had the go-ahead score and added an assist, as the New York Rangers came from three goals back to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-3, at the Bell Centre.
Scott Gomez and Martin Straka also had a goal and an assist each for New York, which has won three in a row. Michal Rozsival and Brandon Dubinsky also had a goal apiece.
Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves in the win for the Rangers, who have won all three meetings against the Canadiens this season.
"The win punctuates our team. Moving forward, we'll check our character, and we'll use this as a reference point," Rangers head coach Tom Renney said. "This is our turning point in the season, it's that simple."
Alex Kovalev, Sergei Kostitsyn, and Andrei Markov all scored for Montreal, which has lost two of three. Cristobal Huet also made 25 saves, but in a losing cause.
Kostitsyn scored on a penalty shot at the 5:40 mark of the second period, which was the high point of Montreal's momentum. He ripped a snap shot over Lundqvist's glove to give the Canadiens a 3-0 lead.
But after that, it all unraveled for Montreal. Rozsival got the Rangers on the board at 8:39 while on the power play. He blasted a shot from the center of the blue line that got past a line of players and a screened Huet.
Dubinsky brought New York within one just 24 seconds later, as he picked up a loose puck in the left circle and fired a quick wrist shot on net. Gomez then netted his 12th goal of the season at the 15:30 mark, tying the game up at 3-3.
Just 11 seconds after Gomez's goal, New York's Ryan Hollweg put a hard check to the back of Kostitsyn along the boards, sending the Montreal player's face into the glass. He was assessed a game misconduct penalty, and a host of fights ensued.
But New York regrouped, and midway through the final period, Drury gave the Rangers the lead. Nigel Dawes sent a cross-ice pass from the left circle to the right side of the crease, where Drury extended his stick and redirected it into the net, giving the Rangers a 4-3 edge.
"We played a good 30 minutes, but we stopped doing things we were doing from the beginning of the game," Montreal forward Chris Higgins said.
Straka scored with 1:30 remaining to give New York some breathing room, and Lundqvist was stellar down the stretch, stopping all 10 shots he faced in the third period.
Markov and Kovalev scored first-period goals, both on the power play, giving Montreal a 2-0 lead going into the second.
The Canadiens were 3-for-4 on the power play, while the Rangers were 1- for-4...New York finished a four-game road trip with a 3-1 mark...Montreal is 1-1 on its current four-game homestand.
02/03 17:47:30 ET