(sorry for the French)
So this is what the New York Rangers look without Rick Nash in the lineup. The team failed to create many scoring opportunities and fell 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens.
This marks the first time in five times they were unable to record a point. The loss brings them to 8-6-1 (17 points) while the Habs improve to 11-4-1 (23 points).
Montreal scored three unanswered goals to win the game, in what was a very unorthodox victory.
The Canadiens committed several icing penalties, but the one that wasn't called may have been the most important. With less than two minutes to go in the period, the Canadiens appeared to ice the puck. One official had his arm up so Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto raced down and touched the puck. The whistle never blew, however, and Josh Georges hit Max Pacioretty in the slot and his one-timer beat Henrik Lundqvist to the glove side.
That goal tied the game, 1-1, and gave the Canadiens some momentum going into the final frame.
Less than two minutes into the third, Montreal struck again. This time, it was on some terrible defense by the Rangers.
Marc Staal got caught in the offensive zone as he tried to make a diving play. The puck dodged him though, and Montreal skated up ice on a 3-on-1. Brandon Prust hit Alex Galchenyuk right in front of Lundqvist for the goal. Montreal's last goal came with Lundqvist pulled, and the Rangers on the power play.
We feel bad, as we pretty much called his one when Tortorella decided to pull Hank for the sixth attacker.
They better keep Hank in. The #Habs will prolly win the draw, clear it and score from the red line— New York Rangers 101 (@NYRangers101) February 20, 2013
Sure enough, Brad Richards failed to win the faceoff, and when Montreal had possession, Raphael Diaz scored from inside his own blue line to put the game away for the Habs.
Anton Stralman scored the lone goal for the Rangers on a beautiful pass from Derek Stepan. Marian Gaborik drew a penalty on P.K. Subban, and it seemed as if Montreal stopped playing. However, the Rangers skated in, Stepan put a pass over the stick of the defenseman and Stralman found the back of the net.
Brian Boyle came away with the other good chance for the Blueshirts as his shot hit the post while the team was on the penalty kill — which looked very good despite Darroll Powe out of the lineup, by the way.
Overall it was a disappointing game for Ranger fans. Carey Price made 24 saves helping the Habs beat the Rangers, and Brandon Prust didn't get in a fight, but rather had the game-winning assist.
Next for New York is the Ottawa Senators. The Rangers head north of the border for that matchup Thursday.Tags: Anton Stralman, Brandon Prust, Carey Price, Darroll Powe, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, Hockey, Marian Gaborik, Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Raphael Diaz, Rick Nash
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