Tonight, the New York Rangers headed into the Bell Centre, or “House of Horrors” to face the Montreal Canadiens, a team they haven’t beaten on the road since 2009.
Cam Talbot got the nod in net as he looked to end the nearly four-year long drought in Montreal.
The first period showed us some wide open and fast-paced play but overall it was a great period for the Rangers. Chris Kreider looked ready to go from the drop of the puck and the line of Kreider, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello were able to generate sustained offensive pressure and forced the Habs to chase them all over their defensive zone. Kreider rang a shot off the post early in the period and if it wasn’t for goaltender Carey Price the Rangers would have easily had a 2 or 3-0 lead after one period of play.
In the second period, the Rangers were able to carry over their dominance from the first and play some more solid hockey. After Max Pacioretty tripped up Carl Hagelin, the Blueshirts got a two-man advantage. Just as the seconds to that five-on-three were ticking away, Brad Richards fired home a shot off a feed from Derek Stepan, making the game 1-0 in favor of New York. The goal was later credited to Ryan Callahan, who managed to get the shaft of his stick on it and re-direct it past Price. The Rangers would finish the period leading the game 1-0 and for the first time in a long time, they actually looked comfortable playing in Montreal.
The third period showed us back and forth play between the two teams and featured no scoring. However, in the final five minutes, the Canadiens turned the pressure on, but the Rangers defense along with Talbot stood strong and held off the Habs to get a 1-0 victory.
Overall, this was a gritty and solid win for the Rangers. Talbot stood strong once again in his fifth career start and picked up his first shutout in his young career.
This will be a tremendous confidence boost for the NYR as they will walk out of the Bell Centre with two points for the first time since 2009.
|05:25||NYR||PPG – Ryan Callahan (6) Tip-in – ASST: Brad Richards (10), Derek Stepan (10)||1 – 0 NYR|