Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 1, Canadiens 0.
Team Notes:– The Rangers defeated the Canadiens, 1-0, tonight at Bell Centre, in an Original Six matchup. The win ended an eight-game winless streak for New York in Montreal (last win – Mar. 17, 2009, 4-3 SO), and was their first in Canada since the 2011-12 season (Mar. 28, 2012 at WPG, 4-2). – The Blueshirts are now 10-9-0 overall (20 pts), including a 6-6-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games, after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record. – The shutout was the Rangers’ first at Montreal since a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967 (Ed Giacomin). The last time the Blueshirts defeated the Canadiens 1-0 in Montreal was Jan. 18, 1940 (Dave Kerr). – Tonight’s win was the Rangers’ first at Montreal in regulation since a 5-3 victory on Feb. 3, 2008. – The Rangers and Canadiens have been separated by two goals or fewer in three of their last five meetings. – The Blueshirts improved to 4-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, and are 2-1-0 against Original Six teams. – New York has now posted a combined record of 5-2-0 in back-to-back contests this season, including a 3-1-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road) in the first game of the set. – The Rangers’ power play was 1-3 (4:03) in the contest, and has now notched a goal in six of the last nine games, converting 7-32 (21.9%) with the man advantage over the span. – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) in the contest, and is now 41-47 (87.2%) in the last 14 games. – The Rangers have now registered a point in 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 93-0-6 over the span. New York is 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 10 goals against in the final frame. – New York out-shot Montreal, 34-22, in the contest, including a 15-7 advantage in the first period and a 10-5 advantage in the third. The Blueshirts had 17 of 18 skaters record at least one shot in the contest, led by Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin who tied for the game-high with four shots apiece. – The Rangers were credited with 21 blocked shots, including 12 player with at least one blocked shot in the contest and seven players posting two or more.
Player Notes:– Cam Talbot turned aside all 22 shots faced to post his first career shutout, and is now 4-1-0 overall with a 4-1-0 mark on the road this season. He has now won each of his last four contests, posting a 1.46 goals against average, .951 save percentage, and one shutout over the span. Talbot has yet to allow more than two goals against in each of his five career NHL appearances. – Talbot is the first Rangers rookie goaltender to post a win in four straight appearances since Henrik Lundqvist won in four straight games from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh to Feb. 10, 2006 vs. Toronto. – Ryan Callahan notched the game’s lone goal with a power play tally at 5:25 of the second period, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 17:31 of ice time. He has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in six games since returning from injury, and eight points (six goals, two assists) in his last eight games. – Callahan’s goal was the Rangers’ first in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2012 (John Mitchell at 12:49 of the first period), and gave the Blueshirts their first lead in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2011 (New York held a 1-0 lead with a Brian Boyle goal at 6:58 of the first period, until 13:19 of the first). – Brad Richards tallied a power play assist and four shots in 17:24 of ice time. He has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five games, and seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last seven games. – Derek Stepan registered a power play assist and two blocked shots in 17:33 of ice time. He entered tonight’s contest tied for sixth in the NHL in power play assists and 14th in power play points, and has now tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last nine games. – Chris Kreider led all skaters with six hits and registered three shots in 17:38 of ice time. – Dan Girardi was credited with four hits and a team-high, four blocked shots in 23:27 of ice time.
Team Schedule:– Next Game – Sunday, Nov. 17 vs. Los Angeles (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
Photo by The Associated Press.