• At a Glance: The New York Rangers defeated the Canadiens 5-3 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Erik Christensen opened the scoring during a 5-on-3 Rangers man advantage 4:57 into the period and Dan Girardi doubled the lead at 10:28.
Michael Del Zotto made it 3-0 New York with a nice goal at 17:40.
The Canadiens narrowed the gap in the second period with a pair of goals.
Max Pacioretty scored his fifth goal of the season only 24 seconds into the second period.
The Canadiens then got a 5-on-3 of their own and Andrei Kostitsyn also scored his fifth goal of the season. Tomas Plekanec assisted on both goals.
Brad Richards gave the Rangers a two-goal lead again when he beat Carey Price with a screened shot at 18:50 of the second period.
A total of 54 minutes of penalties were handed out in the first period, with the Canadiens’ Petteri Nokelainen and Michael Sauer of the Rangers being ejected from the game after a series of fights broke out at 4:18 of the first period. The ensuing penalties resulted in the 5-on-3 for the Rangers.
Brian Gionta scored with 1:50 to play to make it 4-3 Rangers, but that was as close as the Canadiens would get.
P.K. Subban, while attempting to block a Rangers shot into an empty net, accidentally deflected the puck into the vacant cage.
• Keys moments: The score could have been much worse if the Rangers would have cashed in more on the power play. They were 1-for-9.
• What It Means: Montreal’s four-game winning streak is snapped and the team falls to 5-6-2 on the season.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens play three games this week, with a visit from the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night to start the week. Montreal then heads west to take on the Coyotes in Phoenix on Thursday and play in Nashville against the Predators on Saturday night.