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Game #18 | Rangers @ Canadiens | February 23th, 2013 | 7:00pm EST


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Game #18 | Rangers @ Canadiens | February 23th, 2013 | 7:00pm EST

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The Montreal Canadiens have surged to the top of the Northeast Division with some of their best hockey of the season, though they're coming off a rare disappointing effort.

They also played far from their best earlier this week, but still earned a win over the New York Rangers.

Montreal looks to get back on track with a seventh straight home victory over the Rangers on Saturday night.

The Canadiens (11-4-2) had their season-high five-game winning streak snapped Thursday, though they managed to pick up a point in a 4-3 overtime home loss to the Islanders. Montreal led 2-0 after one period and 3-2 going into the third, but seemed to fade in the final 20 minutes of regulation when they were outshot 8-4.

"We got completely away from our game plan," said forward Max Pacioretty, who scored twice and has four goals in a three-game streak. "They saw an opportunity and they walked all over us. It's embarrassing to be up like that and get away from our game plan so much."

The Canadiens hadn't allowed a power-play goal in four games but gave up two in four chances, allowing the Islanders to rally. Montreal has been short-handed 78 times, among the most in the league.

"I don't think it's so much discipline as much as not killing the penalties that hurts us," goaltender Carey Price said. "We have to figure out a way to bail our guys out (when they take penalties). They scored two power-play goals; that's a momentum changer."

Pacioretty provided just that Tuesday at Madison Square Garden when he scored late in the second period to erase the Rangers' 1-0 lead. Montreal went on to get two more goals in the third for a sluggish 3-1 victory, which was the Canadiens' second game of a back-to-back and third in four nights.

That was Montreal's third win in four overall matchups, and the Canadiens have been even more dominant in recent home meetings with New York. Montreal has outscored the Rangers 19-3 in the past five wins at the Bell Centre and gone 8-0-1 in the last nine games in the series there.

New York (8-6-2) continued to struggle with inconsistency in its last contest Thursday, falling 3-2 in a shootout at Ottawa after taking a 2-1 lead late in the third period. The Rangers have dropped two in a row and three of four, though they're 4-1-2 in the past seven.

The Rangers were without star forward Rick Nash, who will miss his third straight game with an undisclosed injury.

"I'm glad we got a point. .... Our full lineup (still isn't) playing so we've got to keep grinding away until we get people playing and try to grab points when we can," coach John Tortorella said.

The Rangers gave up a power-play goal for the first time in 18 chances and six games, and also allowed their first short-handed goal of the season.

"You've got to be happy with our third (period) and the way we came back and way we responded, and that's what we have to take into Montreal," said captain Ryan Callahan, who scored on the power play and in the shootout.

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(My GDT Record: 1-0-1)

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BG is back tonight! That's Brendan Gallagher, not the other BG. :lol:

poor kid! :lol: i know you're lazy but please put in a little effort and type a little more letters than just BG to refer to Gally :P;)

Great thread WCH (i'm too lazy to type full names too :lol: ). That pic is really amazing, glad you chose it for your thread. I hope Prust is good to go tonight though, he was quite banged up after the Islanders game. Fighting giants takes its toll.

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Very nicely done WCH, it's a winner for sure. No Nash again for the Rags I see, that hit he took must have been bad.

Let's get back in the win column please boys.

BG is back tonight! That's Brendan Gallagher, not the other BG. :lol:

Thank the lord, you had me worried for a second that it was the other BG lol

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Game #18 | Rangers @ Canadiens | February 23th, 2013 | 7:00pm EST

(My GDT Record: 1-0-1)

229126,xcitefun-good-job.gif.......................on your GDT WestCoastHabs ;)....has a winner written all over it GO_HABS_GO_zpsa021b1a8.gif

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Everyone in my house is bored...

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Hope the game's entertaining enough later tonight.....to keep him/her awake :rolleyes:

Only four and a half hours until the game :P

coollllllllllll B)

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Another cool.gif thread.

So if Gally is in, then who is out,,. assuming Prust is a go???

I think there's a better-than-average chance Prust can't go. But if he can, I think it has to be Armstrong who sits. White has played well since coming back and he brings better skill on the face-off and more intensity than Armstrong.

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I think there's a better-than-average chance Prust can't go. But if he can, I think it has to be Armstrong who sits. White has played well since coming back and he brings better skill on the face-off and more intensity than Armstrong.

Armstrong sitting out would be my preference. It's his turn if i'm the coach. Should be an interesting decision if Prust can go.

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Thank the lord, you had me worried for a second that it was the other BG lol

:lol:

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Just About Game Time.......canad2.gif

Lets Go Habs!

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