Caufield makes the difference against the Rangers

New York — Samuel Montembeault made 38 saves in his second start in two days as the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Cole Caufield scored a goal and assisted Kirby Dash scored a goal on the power play for the Canadiens (18-23-3), who have won three of their last five after going on a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1).

“From start to finish, we were very committed physically and mentally,” Canadiens coach Martin St-Louis said. “Coming into this amphitheater where they went 13-2-2 in their last 17 games, we knew we were going to be expected. The game started at 17:00, shortly after our clash yesterday. Injuries aside, we had the impression from the first encounter that we had a big hill to climb. Yet here we come and leave all those excuses behind.

“It’s a triumph of character. It was far from perfect, but our team has rarely been so determined this season. »

Montembeault made eight saves in the final five minutes of the third period. He turned away 36 shots in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders.

He was the starting goaltender in all four of Montreal’s games last week, allowing nine goals in 159 shots (.943 save percentage).

“The opportunity was presented to him tonight and he took advantage of it,” St.Louis said. He was one of our key players. We played well in front of him, but he had to correct some of our mistakes because they took a lot of shots. I don’t know how many scoring chances each team had throughout the game, but after two periods it was pretty even and both teams had a one-man lead. They scored six goals against five. So it was a good fight and we were able to add a goal in the third period and then neutralize them. »

Artemi Panarin is considered and Igor Shesterkin Made 29 saves for the Rangers (24-13-7), who have scored at least one point in their last seven games.

The Rangers defender admitted: “We were a bit more sloppy than we wanted but their keeper made some good saves.” Jacob Trouba. “It was a fairly balanced match. We played pretty well, but we were a little too mixed up. »

Panarin is one of three Rangers players, the other two Vitaly Kravtsov and Ryan LindgrenPlaying on Sunday despite not going to practice on Saturday due to intestinal problems. According to coach Gerard Gallant, this virus has been circulating in the form for some time.

“The energy level wasn’t great, but I don’t know if that’s because of that,” Gallant said. No need to yell at them with everything going on. We would have hoped for a little more enthusiasm. It was a fairly balanced match, they took more chances than us. Not terrible, but we expected better from our group. »

Dach gave Montreal a 1-0 power-play lead at 4:54 of the second period after a three-on-two layup. With his team down a player, Jacob Trouba launched a two-on-one attack but missed the target. Canadians banded together to create a surplus.

Caufield sent the puck Christian Dvorak, then handed it over to Dacha. The latter beat Shesterkin on the side of the mitt with a shot from the right circle. For this purpose, Dach scored 27 points in a season, setting a new personal record in the NHL.

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“In our two games [contre les Islanders et les Rangers], we faced good goalkeepers, so we knew it wouldn’t be an attack fest. “We wanted to score one or two goals and play well in defense with a good structure,” Dach said. It happened and it is good to reward. »

Panarin tied the game at 1-1 at 16:03 as New York went up 6-5 after the referee called a late penalty on the Canadiens.

The Rangers couldn’t capitalize on the power play at 13:08, but they kept the drive in opposing territory. As soon as the referee signed a late penalty, Shesterkin was replaced by an additional striker and Panarin scored with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Caufield gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead at 8:56 of the third period. Miller lost the puck between skates behind the Rangers goal line Nick Suzuki took it and passed it to Caufil between the two circles.

It was Caufield’s 26th goal of the current season and seventh in the last eight games.

“I’m always prepared for situations like this,” Caufield said. We have to take advantage of their mistakes and we did. »

Notes: The Canadiens snapped a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1) by claiming their first road win since Dec. 19. … K’Andre Miller assisted on Panari’s goal to extend his point streak to six games (three goals, five assists). The defender has 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in the last 18 games. …striker Jake Leschyshyn On Wednesday, he played his first game for the Rangers, who claimed off waivers from the Vegas Golden Knights. Leschyshyn had two shots on goal and he had two shots 6:47 into the game… The Rangers were without a forward for the second straight game. Chris Kreiderwho suffered from an upper body injury. His condition is being evaluated daily, but he has continued to skate on his own.

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