Canadiens’ Travis Moen falls over Rangers’ Steve Eminger during the second period on Saturday night. John Kenney, The Gazette
• At a Glance: The Canadiens continue to give up the first goal, but still managed to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. The Rangers scored seven minutes into the game when Brian Boyle wrenched home a puck that Carey Price thought he had frozen. It was Boyle’s 15th goal of the season. But the Canadiens would scored three times before the first period was over, with two of those coming on the power play. Roman Hamrlik tied the game 1-1 when his shot from the point went off the skate of a Rangers defenceman and between the legs of a screened Henrik Lundqvist at the 13:19 mark.Less than two minutes later, Tomas Plekanec scored his 14th of the season after accepting a pass from P.K. Subban with a skate and lifting a shot over an outstretched Lundqvist. At 16:03, Andrei Kostitsyn, who had been mired in a slump and met with head coach Jacques Martin on Friday, blasted a shot from the slot over Lundqvist and showed a rare burst of emotion after scoring his 11th of the season. There was further no scoring until 6:57 of the third period when Mats Zuccarello scored his second of the season after a nice pass from behind the net by Derek Stepan.
• Key Moments: The Canadiens killed off a 6-on-4 disadvantage for the last 1:05 of the game when Hal Gill was called for hooking and the Rangers had an empty net.
• What It Means: Montreal’s record improved to 25-17-3 for 53 points, within two points of the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.
• What’s Next: The Calgary Flames are in town on Monday before the Canadiens travel to Buffalo on Tuesday night. The Canadiens are then in Ottawa on Friday and back home to take on Saku Koivu and the Anaheim Ducks next Saturday.