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Saturday, March 31, 2012



MTL:   R. Bourque (17:31 - 3rd)
NYR:   M. Gaborik (08:56 - 1st) , B. Richards (PPG, 00:30 - 2nd) , M. Del Zotto (PPG, 08:17 - 3rd) , M. Del Zotto (16:58 - 3rd)

MTL: C. Price (L)
 NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)

            Last night on Broadway, the best team in the East (Rangers) took on the worst team in the East (Canadiens). 9 minutes in, Marian Gaborik scored from the slot to make it 1-0 Rangers. 30 seconds into the second, Richards fired a shot from the top of the right circle and it beat Price to make it 2-0 Rangers. That was a powerplay goal. 8 minutes later, the Rangers grabbed another powerplay goal with a goal from Del Zotto from the point. He would add another to make it 4-0. But late in the third, Bourque would score on a rebound for his first goal in 16 games to cut the lead to 3 but that's as close as they came as the Habs lost 4-1 and the Rangers picked up win number 50 on the season.

           "I didn't even know tonight was 50," Del Zotto said. "Knowing now, it's great but it's not something we're going to be satisfied with. We want to keep moving forward. We'd like to win the rest of our games.We know we're at the top of the standings, but it's not something we're really that focused on. We just want to peak come playoff time and get all the kinks out of our game." In the loss, Price made 25 saves. In the win, Lundqvist made 19 saves. After the game, Tortorella spoke about getting to 50 wins. "It doesn't mean squat. I will tell you right now it means absolutely nothing," New York coach John Tortorella said.

              "It's about how we're playing as we go through these next four games against tough opponents. It's about our game going into the playoffs. You get measured by the playoffs." The Habs have 4 games to go on what has been a awful season. Over the course of the season, the Habs fired an assistant coach in Perry Pearn,a head coach in Jacques Martin and now their GM Pierre Gauthier. “When he came in, he just announced his decision and told us where the organization wants to go,” explained Gionta. “Obviously we’re committed to winning and everyone is disappointed in the year. It was a move Molson felt was right.” The Habs have a record of 29-35-14 and sit 28th in the NHL (15th in the East) with a 14.2% chance of grabbing pick number 1 in this summers NHL entry Draft.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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