Rangers comfortably handle the Canadiens to make it 11 wins in 14 games

MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 16: Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers skates the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Centre Bell on October 16, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 16: Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers skates the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Centre Bell on October 16, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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MONTREAL, QC – OCTOBER 16: Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers skates the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Centre Bell on October 16, 2021, in Montreal, Canada. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – OCTOBER 16: Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers skates the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Centre Bell on October 16, 2021, in Montreal, Canada. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

New York and Montreal. A tilt that has seen many chapters over the years, many classic games, and great talents. This wasn’t a new part of the storied rivalry. New York was not put under any real pressure in this game and the Rangers took two points from Montreal without really being strained. This Rangers roster takes two more points and continues their chase for the playoff hunt in the Metropolitan Division.

Jaroslav Halak would turn away 17 of the 18 offerings he faced as he backstopped the Rangers in a solid performance against Montreal. It would have been better to not allow the goal, but this was a very much improved performance from the Slovakian netminder. He was a major concern earlier in the year and the fact Halak is starting to play like Jaroslav Halak again is promising ahead of the NHL trade deadline in March.

Chris Kreider would grab a short-handed goal for himself in a game that the Rangers were never really in a position to lose. It wouldn’t turn out to be the game-winner after a late Habs goal, but the short-handed strike in the second period really started to cement the Rangers’ presence in this game as the Blueshirts pressed their early domination into this one. Kreider continued his domination against the Canadiens as he continues to haunt Quebec.

Chytil had himself a strong game as he nabbed two goals in Quebec. Chytil has been successful this season in regard to his ability to produce when the Rangers have needed him to. It was another case of Chytil showing up tonight and proving that he is indeed one of the stronger members of the young group the Rangers have. This has been a season of growth for the Czech forward and let’s hope he continues this way.

This win moves the Rangers above Washington into third place in the Metropolitan Division. It leaves them just a point behind the Devils, albeit the Devils have an extra game to play. It’s a nice position to be in and the Rangers are improving drastically. With the Hurricanes’ recent wheel spinning, there may be a chase for the Metropolitan division title on from the New York Rangers.

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