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Montréal Canadiens MTL 0 0 1 1
20 SHOTS 29
28 FACEOFFS 29
14 HITS 23
8 PIM 6
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5 GIVEAWAYS 4
2 TAKEAWAYS 7
12 BLOCKED SHOTS 18
       

Rangers top Habs to hit 50 wins in Original Six style

Friday, 03.30.2012 / 10:22 PM

2011-12 Game No. 78; Home Game No. 39 Rangers' Record: 50-21-7
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards scored early, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto had two goals in the third period as the Rangers won their fourth in a row and moved closer to securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

Henrik Lundqvist was steady throughout in winning for the third straight game and for the sixth time in seven. He won at Minnesota and at Winnipeg to get to 250 NHL victories, and helped the Rangers widen their lead. His best stop of the night came two minutes into the third period when he denied David Desharnais on a breakaway to keep the score at 2-0.

Rene Bourque spoiled Lundqvist's chances of a shutout when he scored with 2:29 left to make it 4-1. Lundqvist made 19 saves.

The Rangers moved one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.

Gaborik scored in the first period and Richards had a power-play goal in the second for the Rangers (50-21-7), who are 6-1 in their last seven games. Del Zotto also had a man-advantage goal.

Carey Price was sturdy and made 25 saves for the Canadiens, and although there wasn't much action over the first two periods, the Rangers scored once in each frame and were never threatened by the Canadiens, who are just hoping to escape the cellar in the East. This low position is quite unfamiliar to Montreal, which won the Stanley Cup for the first time on this date in 1916.

Del Zotto scored a power-play goal 8:17 into the third, firing a shot that squeezed past Price. He made it 4-0 with 3:02 remaining, scoring his 10th of the season.
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STATS OF THE GAME
The Rangers tallied two power play goals in four attempts on Friday night (6:24 total icetime), and they are now 9-for-38 (23.7 percent) on the power play in the last 11 games. The Blueshirts are 4-for-9 (44.4 percent) when they have the man-advantage in the last two games, and they are now 24-1-4 when tallying a power play goal this season.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Lundqvist 2. Del Zotto 3. Gaborik


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This 50th victory all but locked up the conference title for the Rangers, who now enjoy a comfortable five-point lead over Pittsburgh with only four games to play. That means they would have home-ice for at least three playoff rounds -- and perhaps more.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (23:00)
Shots -- Dubinsky, Hagelin (5)
Hits -- Callahan (4)
Blocks -- McDonagh (4)
Takeaways -- Boyle, McDonagh (2)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (19)

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