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Rangers hold off Canadiens for 3-2 win
The New York Rangers held their ground in their tight 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens to extend their streak to four games in a row. The team stayed alive with a strong defence in the closing moments and survived to keep their winning hopes at the good side.
Julien Gauthier nailed his first goal of the season to propel New York’s streak to four games. Fans at the Madison Square Garden were thrilled with the win as the team kept on pounding against the Canadiens, who are on a slump to start the 2021-22 season.
Gauthier had a goal at 1:56 of the third frame to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. He scored with a backhand from the slot moments after nabbing the puck from Nick Suzuki in the same area. That play ensured that the Canadiens would have a tough time getting back in the game.
Igor Shesterkin had 31 big saves to lead the way for the Rangers while Chris Kreider scored his 12th goal of the season, which leads the team in totals. New York now improved to 10-3-3 and matched their longest winning run of the season, which was four in a row back in October 16 to 23. Coach Gerard Gallant was pleased with the win and praised the way his boys played.
‘It's just clicking right now’, the New York head coach said. ‘I thought we played a real good game tonight’.
Christian Dvorak had a goal and a dime, while Cayden Primeau had 31 saves in his first start of the season. The Canadiens have gone 1-4-2 in their last seven games. Cayden was the bright spot for the team as he was just recalled from the American Hockey League.
Cayden has not played a game in the NHL since May 12, and he is 4-4-0 with a 2.41 GAA and .916 save rate. He might just be the big hope that the Canadiens need to build on in the long run.
New York’s big win puts them at the third spot of the Metropolitan Division. The team has gone 6-2-2 in the last 10 games and they are in a huge surge right now after this big win.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores