Habs halt Rangers’ streak

Ottawa Citizen - - HOCKEY -

CANADIENS 4, RANGERS 0

MONTREAL • Carey Price needed only 17 saves to reg­is­ter his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive shutout as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the New York Rangers 4-0 Satur­day night at the Bell Cen­tre.

The Rangers were aim­ing for their first eight-game streak since the 1974-75 sea­son, but were ut­terly domin- ated and suf­fered their fifth straight loss in Montreal.

The Canadiens won the spe­cial teams bat­tle with Erik Cole and To­mas Plekanec scor­ing power-play goals, while the penalty killers faced four New York power plays and not only kept the Rangers off the score­board, they lim­ited the vis­i­tors to one shot on goal.

Yan­nick We­ber sent Cole in- to the clear and he scored off the rush at 3:45 of the first pe­riod.

Brian Gionta beat Rangers goal­tender Martin Biron with an­other long shot to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead at 8:12 of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Gionta scored his sec­ond goal of the night at 13:47 of the third pe­riod.

RICHARD WOLOWICZ, GETTY IM­AGES

Brian Gionta de­flects a puck in front of Rangers goalie Martin Biron on Satur­day night.

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