Game #53

New York Rangers vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 5, 2011 – 2:05pm


Team Records – NY Rangers 54 GP (29-21-4) 62pts. 3rd in Atlantic Division. 7th in Eastern Conference. Canadiens – 52 GP (29-18-5) 63pts. 2nd in Northeast Division – 6th in Eastern Conference.

Recently – Rangers lost 3-2 Thursday to New Jersey at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist was pulled and replaced by Martin Biron after allowing three goals on just 12 shots by the 15-minute mark of the second period         Canadiens came from behind to beat Florida 3-2 Wednesday at the Bell Centre.

Last Ten Games – NY Rangers (4-5-1) Canadiens (6-2-2)

Home/Road – NY Rangers on road (17-0-1) third best road record in Eastern Conference. Canadiens at home (17-6-4).

Season Series – Third meeting of four. Canadiens have won both games to date. Jan.11th @New York Canadiens-2 Rangers-1. Canadiens trail 1-0 end of the first period. Spacek ties the game in the second period. Pouliot with the winner at 6:03 of third. Canadiens outshoot the Rangers 38-26. Alex Auld in goal. Jan.15th Bell Centre Canadiens-3 Rangers-2. For second straight game, Canadiens give up the first goal Canadiens score three goals, two on the power play in a 2:44 span before end of the first (Hamrlik & Plekanec on power plays and then Kostitsyn). After facing a total of 12 shots in the first two periods Carey Price stopped 20 of 21 in the third period. Lundqvist jumps Pacioretty after goalmouth collision (video below)Boyle and Zuccarello scored for New York.

Goals For/Against – NY Rangers – GF153/GA133 plus-20. Canadiens GF136/GA127 plus-9

Goaltending – Rangers Henrik Lundqvist – 41 starts (21-17-4) 2.35GAA – Save% .922.   Since a 1-0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Canucks – Lundqvist is 2-4-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and an .894 save percentage.      Canadiens – Carey Price – 45 starts (25-16-5) 2.35GAA – Save% .920

Special Teams – Power Play – Rangers rank 23rd 16.1% (31/93) Canadiens rank 12th 18.5% (35189) Penalty Killing Rangers – NHL rank 9th 83.9% (29/180) Canadiens – Rank 7th 84.2% (33/209)

Team Record When They……

Score the First Goal – Rangers (19-7-2) Canadiens (19-4-3)

Are Scored Upon First-Rangers (10-14-2) Canadiens (5-17-1)

Lead at the End of First Period – Rangers (11-2-2) Montreal (14-2-2)

Trail at the End of the First – Rangers (5-9-1) Canadiens (4-12-1)

Injuries – Rangers – LW-Erek Boorgard (IR-shoulder/concussion); C-Chris Drury (knee); LW-Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder separation/appendectomy); LW-Alexander Frolov (IR-knee surgery) Montreal – LW-Michael Cammalleri (IR-shoulder seperation); D-Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery)

Notes – The Canadiens have averaged 37 shots on goal over the last five games including 41 vs. Florida on Wednesday.

The Canadiens have scored five straight even strength goals. Their power play is now on a 0-for-19 streak.

The Canadiens trailed at the end of the first period fifteen times through the first fifty games and were able to come back only twice. They have come from behind to win both post all-star games.   The Canadiens have also given up the first goal eleven times in their past fourteen games. They have come back to win seven times and are 7-2-2 over the last eleven. They’re now 10-14-2 overall when giving up the first goal.

For what it’s worth, since the Canadiens started playing the two game Super Bowl weekend in January 1991, the series stands at  20-14-4.

The Rangers over the last 16 games are 7-9. Of those 7 wins, two were in OT and three were in the shootout.  Of the 16 games 13 of them have been either one goal games or games in the shootout.  Both games against the Canadiens were decided by a goal.

Henrik Lundqvist has had difficult times at the Bell Centre since the beginning of the 2006-2007 season with a 4.65 GAA and an .845 save percentage.

The loss to the Canadiens on January 15th started a streak of six losses the Rangers last nine games.   It was the second loss to the Canadiens in five days.  Including the two losses to the Canadiens the Rangers are 4-6-1 over their last 11 games allowing the Canadiens to move from four points behind the Rangers to a point ahead of them with two games in hand.

   Quotable –

“Let’s call a spade a spade. Our goaltending hasn’t been there the last three games, cergtainly not at the level it needs to be at this time of the year. I think we played well enough to get five out othe last six points if we get decent goaltending.”      Rangers coach John Tortorella after the 3-2 loss to New Jersey Thursday night extending the Rangers losing streak to three games (0-2-1)