Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Canadiens remain hot

NEW YORK — Alex Galchenyuk snapped a tie early in the third as the Canadiens won their fifth consecutive game, 3-1 over the Rangers on Tuesday.

The Canadiens, who had only 18 shots on goal, tied it with 1:15 left in the second on Max Pacioretty's goal and went ahead when Galchenyuk matched Pacioretty with his second of the season 1:48 into the third.

Carey Price made 24 saves for his third win during the Canadiens' surge. Peter Budaj won the previous two, including 3-0 over Carolina on Monday.

Raphael Diaz added an empty-net goal with 1:06 left for the Canadiens, who have outscored opponents 15-5 in their streak.

Defenseman Anton Stralman netted his second of the season in the second period, but it wasn't enough for the Rangers, who had been 4-0-1 over their past five.

Brian Boyle nearly tied it with about six minutes left, but his shorthanded chance hit the post. New York received its second power play with 3:06 left but failed to take advantage.

Despite registering only 10 shots in the first two periods, Montreal entered the third locked in a tie.

Galchenyuk finished a play that began with an odd-man rush. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan got back and had a chance to break it up but couldn't. Lars Eller moved the puck down to former Rangers forward Brandon Prust near the right post, and Prust quickly got it in front to Galchenyuk, who lifted a rising shot that caromed in off the crossbar.

The Canadiens got even in the second when Josh Gorges carried the puck in the Rangers end along the left-wing boards and flung a pass to the middle. Pacioretty wound up and ripped a drive from the high slot that beat Henrik Lundqvist inside the right post.

Pacioretty, who missed four games from Jan. 27-Feb. 2 because of appendicitis, scored for the second straight night. He has two goals and three assists in the past three games.

Stralman had given New York the lead with his second of the season, scored with 7:31 left in the second period. During a delayed penalty, the Ran­gers took advantage of an extra skater on the ice.

Derek Stepan made a pass from the left side down to Stralman at the right post. The defenseman's first shot was stopped by Price's left pad, but Stralman knocked the rebound past him.

The Canadiens didn't arrive in New York until the early morning hours Tuesday, following their win Monday.

Neither the Rangers nor Canadiens showed a lot of drive in a first period that featured no goals, one penalty and eight shots, five by New York. Montreal didn't record its first shot of the game until only 3:49 remained.

Game highlights: Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski scored their first career goals and Craig Anderson made 37 saves to lift the host Senators past the Islanders 3-1. Oft-injured goalie Rick DiPietro made 23 saves in his third start of the season for New York. … Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves as the Jets beat the Sabres 2-1. Winnipeg opened a season-high five-game road trip by ending a three-game skid.

Around the league: Ran­gers star wing Rick Nash sat out Tuesday's game with an undisclosed injury. Nash was questionable Sunday against the Capitals — "banged up" coach John Tortorella said — but played. … Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (lower body) and goalie Corey Crawford (upper body) sat out Tuesday's game and remain day to day. … Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury. His status was unknown. … The NHL fined Wild wing Devin Setoguchi $8,108.11, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, for high-sticking Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey in the face Sunday. … The NHL fined Flames defenseman Mark Giordano $10,000 for slew-footing Stars wing Antoine Roussel on Sunday.

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesEller, Mon (tripping), 10:55.

Second Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Stralman 2 (Stepan, Hagelin), 12:29. 2, Montreal, Pacioretty 2 (Gorges, Desharnais), 18:45. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period3, Montreal, Galchenyuk 2 (Prust, Eller), 1:48. 4, Montreal, Diaz 1, 18:54 (en-sh). PenaltiesRichards, NYR (hooking), 13:19; Plekanec, Mon (tripping), 16:54. Shots on GoalMontreal 3-7-8—18. N.Y. Rangers 5-10-10—25. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 0 of 1; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 2. GoaliesMontreal, Price 9-3-0 (25 shots-24 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 7-6-0 (17-15).

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesCondra, Ott (slashing), 9:14.

Second Period1, Ottawa, Greening 2 (Da Costa, Alfredsson), 6:01 (pp). 2, Ottawa, Benoit 1 (Silfverberg), 8:37. PenaltiesOkposo, NYI (holding), 5:37; Dziurzynski, Ott (hooking), 11:25; Silfverberg, Ott (slashing), 14:40; Boyes, NYI (holding), 18:34.

Third Period3, N.Y. Islanders, Hamonic 2 (Reasoner, Okposo), 2:44. 4, Ottawa, Dziurzynski 1 (Smith, Gryba), 17:25. PenaltiesGryba, Ott (holding), 4:49; Hickey, NYI (cross-checking), 11:52; Okposo, NYI (high-sticking), 19:27; Tavares, NYI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:27. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 8-17-13—38. Ottawa 7-10-9—26. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 4; Ottawa 1 of 5. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, DiPietro 0-3-0 (26 shots-23 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 8-4-2 (38-37).

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First Period1, Winnipeg, Little 3 (Kane, Wright), 1:00. PenaltiesScott, Buf (slashing), 2:36; Kane, Wpg, served by Tangradi (roughing, slashing), 10:21; Kaleta, Buf (roughing), 10:21; Byfuglien, Wpg (hooking), 18:16.

Second Period2, Winnipeg, Ladd 8 (Hainsey), 5:46. 3, Buffalo, Pominville 7 (Hodgson), 19:38. PenaltiesNone.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesKane, Wpg (high-sticking), 16:01. Shots on GoalWinnipeg 9-14-5—28. Buffalo 9-10-11—30. Power-play opportunitiesWinnipeg 0 of 1; Buffalo 0 of 3. GoaliesWinnipeg, Pavelec 4-8-1 (30 shots-29 saves). Buffalo, Miller 6-8-1 (28-26).

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