Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers: Habs Dominate First 40 Minutes for Win

January 16th, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
The well-rested Montreal Canadiens welcomed the New York Rangers to the Bell Centre last night for their second head-to-head match in a week.  With three days off between games, fans were expecting a solid effort from the Canadiens and the home team did not disappoint.

From the start of the game, this was a fast-paced, high-octane match that went until the 6:06 mark of the game before having its first whistle!

Talk about pace!

The Rangers scored shortly after that first pause, when Brian Boyle jammed the puck past Carey Price with Yannick Weber and Jaroslav Spacek looking on.  On the ensuing play, back in the Rangers zone, P.K. Subban took an undisciplined offensive zone slashing penalty.  Despite killing off the penalty, the Canadiens handed the momentum over to the Rangers until the 12:10 mark of the first when Brandon Dubinsky took a foolish roughing penalty, pushing Subban to the ice after the whistle.

That opened the door for Roman Hamrlik to tie it at one on the power play when his shot deflected past Henrik Lundqvist.  With that goal, Montreal seized the momentum and ran with it.

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