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29 SHOTS 29
25 FACEOFFS 30
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12 GIVEAWAYS 15
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Second-period woes doom Rangers in loss to Habs

Sunday, 01.15.2012 / 9:42 PM

2011-12 Game No. 43; Road Game No. 24 Rangers' Record: 28-11-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, linemates David Desharnais and Erik Cole also had three points each, and the Montreal Canadiens ended a three-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Rangers on Sunday night.

Pacioretty opened the scoring 2:39 in and restored Montreal's one-goal lead at 2-1 with his 15th of the season 3:54 into the second. The Canadiens scored three times in the middle period.

Desharnais had a goal and two assists, and Cole had three assists on a line that combined for nine points.

Peter Budaj made 28 saves, and Mike Blunden also scored for Montreal (17-20-8), which is 12th in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens, 18 points behind East-leading New York, have won six straight against the Rangers at home.

John Mitchell scored in the first for the Rangers, who became the first team to reach 60 points this season when they beat Toronto 3-0 on Saturday night.

"It was uncharacteristic, some of the breakdowns we had," Rangers center Brad Richards said.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was rested Saturday, stopped 25 shots for the Rangers.

"We had no structure defensively," New York coach John Tortorella said. "That was our biggest problem."

Stepan added an insurance goal with a nice deke at 6:01.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The loss to Montreal in regulation was the Rangers' first in a back-to-back game this season. The Blueshirts are now 11-1-2 in back-to-back games, including a 5-1-1 mark in the second game of back-to-backs. Since 2009-10, the Rangers are 26-9-3 in the second game of back-to-backs.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Girardi 2. Mitchell 3. Stepan


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This loss might have had more to do with the effect that the Bell Centre has been having on these Rangers players for the past three seasons than anything else. Look for the more recognizable and winning Blueshirts skating on Tuesday at The Garden.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (29:44)
Shots -- Stepan (5)
Hits -- Girardi, Mitchell (4)
Blocks -- Girardi, Rupp (3)
Takeaways -- None
Faceoffs -- Richards (22)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT MONTREAL
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
John Mitchell Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp Kris Newbury Wojtek Wolski
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Anisimov, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Mike Rupp Artem Anisimov Wojtek Wolski
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
John Mitchell Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
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