Montreal 4, NY Rangers 1

Sunday, January 15, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Rangers 28-11-1-3 13-4-0-2 15-7-1-1 L1
Montreal 17-20-2-6 8-8-2-5 9-12-0-1 W1


Max Pacioretty scored two goals and set up another as the Montreal Canadiens halted their three-game losing streak with a 4-1 home triumph over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

David Desharnais recorded a tally and two assists, Mike Blunden also scored and Erik Cole collected three assists for Montreal, which won at home for just the fourth time in 12 contests and extended its winning streak against the Rangers at the Bell Centre to six games.

Pacioretty opened the scoring just over 2 1/2 minutes into the game by firing a loose puck past Henrik Lundqvist from the left hash marks.

John Mitchell forged a tie with 7:11 remaining in the first period as he backhanded a rebound into the net from the doorstep. But Pacioretty capped his second two-goal performance of the season, and put the Canadiens ahead for good, less than four minutes into the second when Cole's shot from above the slot deflected off him and past Lundqvist.

Peter Budaj made 28 saves in just his sixth start of the season and Rene Bourque made his Montreal debut after being acquired from the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Lundqvist stopped 25 shots for New York, which had its four-game road winning streak snapped. The Rangers have lost seven of their last nine overall meetings with the Canadiens.

Top Game Performances

NY Rangers   Montreal
John Mitchell 1 Points Max Pacioretty 3
John Mitchell 1 Goals Max Pacioretty 2
Marian Gaborik 1 Assists Erik Cole 3
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Henrik Lundqvist .862 Save Percentage Peter Budaj .966
Henrik Lundqvist 25 Saves Peter Budaj 28

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 29 1 0-1 1-1 7 25
Montreal 29 4 0-1 1-1 7 30

Upcoming Games

  • Montreal will play its next game at home against Washington. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .353 after a win and .393 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play its next game at home against Nashville. The Rangers have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .533 after a loss.
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