A. Stralman (12:29 - 2nd)
MTL: C. Price (W)
NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)
Earlier tonight in New York, the Canadiens took on the Rangers in search of taking a 1 point lead over the Penguins for 1st in the Eastern Conference. Carey Price made his return to the lineup after missing 2 straight games with the flu. Throughout the first 10 minutes of the First period neither team registered a shot on goal... The Rangers ended up getting 3 consecutive shots to break the drought.There was no score in the first and the shots were 5-3 Rangers. 12 minutes into the second, Stephan centred the puck to Stralman in the slot and he scored to make it 1-0 Rangers. 6 minutes later, Gorges centred the puck to Pacioretty and he one timed a shot past Lundqvist to tie the game.
The shots in the second were 10-7 Rangers. 1:48 into the third, Galchenyuk had the puck in the slot and he played it to Prust at the side of the net and he played it back to Galchenyuk in front of the net and he scored to make it 2-1. Then with just over a minute to play, Diaz added a empty net goal as the Habs win 3-1. The shots in the third were 10-8 Rangers and 25-18 New York overall. In the win, Price made 24 saves. In the loss, Lundqvist made 15 saves.
"I thought it was probably one of the worst hockey games I've been involved in. Both teams," Said Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "It was two bad teams playing, and we worse than they were. This win was Montreals 5th straight win as they now leap frog over the Pittsburgh Penguins and into 1st in the Eastern Conference by 1 point."I was definitely amped up for this," said Prust, who made his return to New York for the first time since leaving the Rangers in this past offseason. "Ranger fans were happy with my time here. I respect them. I heard a few cheers."
Written By Andrew Di Pardo