Game 13: Canadiens’ comeback falls short against Rangers


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• 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.


  1. CHasman says:

    When your goalie is hot, you’ve got to play him. We’ve won four in a row to get to .5oo hockey, you play your backup and lose and then what. Stick with what’s working for now. Budaj will get his chances.

  2. there is a boatload of habs jerseys alllll over midtown today

    so pumped for this one, heres hopin better than the last time i saw em here

    we got shutout

  3. Ian Cobb says:

    Has Avery been down on their farm playing? I know he did not make the Rangers roster at training camp.

  4. Feeling pretty good today.

    “Hello out there! We’re on the air,
    It’s Hockey Night tonight;
    Tension grows, the whistle blows,
    And the puck goes down the ice.
    The goalie jumps, and the players bump,
    And the fans all go insane;
    Someone roars, “Bobby scores!”
    At the good old hockey game.

    Oh! The good old hockey game,
    Is the best game you can name;
    And the best game you can name,
    Is the good old Hockey game!”

  5. Bripro says:

    Hey, the habs are only one point out of a playoff spot, with time to spare.

  6. Mavid says:

    GO HABS GO!!!!!

    second place is just the first loser

  7. slychard says:

    @SPATS; Kurly.:-)

  8. ooder says:

    i know price is hot… buuut we got a pretty good backup goalie in Budaj… why not play him
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Price > Budaj

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Mark C says:

      Probably because JM wants Budaj to start against Edmonton on Tuesday, no point in playing Budaj two games in a row.

    • JoeC says:

      Really? Wow,

      Price has more talent in his glove hand, which is his weakest part of his game, then Budaj has total. Price had the same 5 days off the whole team had, and hes won 4 in a row letting in 5 total goals, so ya… Kinda obvious why Budaj doesnt play, and im hoping price plays 75 games this year, because we need all teh poitns we can get/

    • ooder says:

      ok woooow.. i dunno if you guys think this is a dig at price..
      but it’s not, obviously price is better then budaj,
      but on a back to back night it would be cool to let price rest up
      oh and btw nice passive aggressiveness from some of you guys.. real mature

      The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  9. Aaron13 says:

    Cole has really made a difference to this team. He’s doing what he did in other years – skating, checking and in front of the opposition’s net and he’s thrilled to be in Montreal.

  10. Ian Cobb says:

    We have a lot of ground to make up yet in the standings, but we at least look like we belong in this league now.

    The strongest part of our game is definitely our ability to kill off penalties, But let’s not take any more foolish ones, right PK. And please stop icing the puck boys, just flip it high and out to there blue line will do just fine.

    We need these two points without giving them one point for a tie..

  11. C_exacte says:

    Is there a hockey game today?? looking on RDS I wouldn’t know, it’s C’est le but!! not C’est le Bute!

  12. kempie says:

    Woywitka tonight?

  13. savethepuck says:

    Is this an official confirmation that Carey is starting?

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  14. SPATS says:

    Look for Avery to be a game changer – in our favour!

    He’ll run around and be the fool to bring attention to himself, like all insecure egomaniacs – but the refs won’t tolerate it.

    Can we start calling AK Curly? Then we could call the 2nd line the 3 Stooges… As in Larry (Eller) Mo (Moen) and Curly (AK)


    • Danno says:

      Avery is the worm inside the Big Apple

      A Gong Show on skates

      I hope Avery’s idiotic antics cause Fonzie’s stunt-double coach to cringe with disgust while the Habs rack up several juicy power-play goals at his expense.


      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

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