It had been a while
The last time the Rangers hung a goose egg on the Canadiens in Montreal?
Feb. 25, 1967.
Perfect goaltender that night: Ed Giacomin.
A mere 46 years and nine months later, Ryan Callahan's power-play goal – a redirection of Brad Richards' shot – was the only red light of the game.
The Rangers won most of the races and puck battles, holding the Canadiens to 22 shots.
The Canadiens looked like a team that had played on the road Friday night.
The Rangers looked rested and ready.
Cam Talbot made 22 saves to record an easy shutout.
Carey Price faced 33 shots and made many heroic saves.
The Canadiens went almost eight minutes into the period before getting a shot on Cam Talbot.
They ended up with five.
Price streak ends
Ryan Callahan tipped in Brad Richards' shot during a Rangers power play.
It was the first goal Carey Price gave up to the Rangers in almost 260 minutes on Bell Centre ice.
Canadiens outshot the visitors 10-9, but the Rangers are doing a good job of minimizing blue-chip chances against Cam Talbot.
Good start, then ...
The Canadiens outshot the Rangers 4-1 in the early going.
Final tally: 15-7 for the visitors, and that doesn't include Chris Kreider clanging one off the goalpost behind Carey Price.
Alexei Emelin played six shifts, 5:13.
Canadiens had the only power play.
1.Can your Montreal Canadiens win consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 28-29, when they beat the Rangers and Dallas Stars?
2. Can David Desharnais's Shootout goal in Columbus – which sent the Canadiens' bench into paroxysms of joy for their popular teammate – signal the end to DD's long slump?
• Will Brendan Gallagher, bitten by the flu bug in Columbus, be well enough to play?
• If Gally can go, who sits?
All will be answered soon at the Bell Centre, where the Rangers have lost eight in a row – including six shutouts.