Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet flat on his back. Puck in his net. Say no more.
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Updated by Kevin Mio; Links updated at 7:50 a.m., Feb. 4
It started well this afternoon for the Canadiens as they grabbed a 3-0 lead on the New York Rangers with a little less than six minutes gone in the second period. But then it all fell apart.
New York scored five unanswered goals and took control of the Bell Centre game after Montreal’s third goal, beating their hosts 5-3 and denying the Canadiens a chance to close to within one point of the Ottawa Senators atop the Northeast Division.
The Canadiens got first period power-play goals from Andrei Markov and Alex Kovalev, and Sergei Kostistyn scored with a quick shot on a oenalty shot as the Habs looked to be in complete control with a 3-0 lead 5:40 into the second period.
But the Rangers weren’t about to go quietly. The scored three goals in a span of seven minutes to tie the game 3-3 before the end of the second period.
Michal Rozsival, Brandon Dubinsky and Scott Gomez were the goal scorers for the Rangers, who outshot the Habs 12-9 in the second frame. They outshot the Canadiens 30-28 on the afternoon.
Chris Drury scored the eventual game winner midway through the third period and Martin Straka added the insurance goals with 90 seconds remaining.
The Canadiens were 3-for-4 on the power play and the Rangers went 1-for-4 with the man advantage. But the Canadiens were completely dominated at even strength as the Rangers scored four goals at 5-on-5, while the Canadiens couldn’t get anything past Henrik Lundqvist at even strength.
The Senators are the next visitors to the Bell Centre as they face the Canadiens on Tuesday night.