Posted January 15, 2012 on
AP on Fox
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
The New York Rangers supplied more than enough offense to bounce back from their first defeat of the new year.
They hope that sort of production continues at Montreal, where goals have been hard to come by for the Rangers in recent years.
Having been shut out in their last two road games against the Canadiens and mired in a five-game losing streak at the Bell Centre, the Rangers seek to end those droughts Sunday night in an Original Six matchup.
Coming off a 3-0 home loss to Ottawa on Thursday, New York (28-10-4) won by the same score Saturday at Toronto. The NHL's first team to reach 60 points, the Rangers have won 11 of 13 overall and three straight on the road, where they've been victorious in 10 of their last 12.
"We're going along on the road trying to get one thing done, and that's to win games," coach John Tortorella told the Rangers' official website.
However, that success might not continue if the Rangers' recent road history against the Canadiens (16-20-8) is any indication.
New York has been outscored 20-6 during a five-game skid at Montreal that dates to a 4-3 shootout victory March 17, 2009. Three of those five losses have been shutouts including the last two, most recently 4-0 on Nov. 19.
New York has not been shut out by the same opponent in three straight road games since the Maple Leafs did it four consecutive times in 1953.
The Rangers hope the sort of grind-it-out, aggressive style they displayed in Saturday's victory over the Leafs will be a springboard to end their Montreal drought.
"That's a big part of our game,'' Tortorella said. "That's the way we have to play. We've developed an identity as a team.''
Backup Martin Biron made 20 saves and Derek Stepan had a goal with an assist Saturday for the Rangers. Despite Biron's strong performance, Henrik Lundqvist is likely to be back in net Sunday.
Lundqvist, who had his seven-game winning streak snapped by the Senators on Thursday, has won his last two starts against the Canadiens - both at home. However, he's posted a 4.88 goals-against average during a personal three-game skid at Montreal.
Stepan had two assists during New York's 5-3 home win over Montreal on Nov. 5.
The Canadiens will try to avoid a fourth consecutive loss after falling 3-2 in a shootout to Ottawa on Saturday. Montreal has totaled three goals during its three-game skid, coming on the heels of a 10-goal outburst in consecutive wins over Winnipeg and Tampa Bay.
After being held to one goal in his previous 13 games, Max Pacioretty scored his 13th to force overtime Saturday. The fourth-year forward is one goal shy of matching his career high from last season.
One night after Montreal's Scott Gomez returned from a 21-game absence due to a groin injury, Rene Bourque could make his Canadiens debut after being acquired Thursday in a trade that sent Michael Cammalleri back to Calgary.
"He's a guy who can make plays, go hard to the net and score goals," forward Mathieu Darche told the Canadiens' official website.
Bourque, who had 13 goals and three assists in 38 games for the Flames this season, has finished serving a five-game suspension for elbowing Washington's Nicklas Backstrom in the head Jan 3.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Yes, that is a screenshot from 24/7 when Avery was modeling.
In that segment, Avery talked about what it was like being sent down to the minors and how good it felt to come back to the big boy league. Now, Avery is back down with the Connecticut Whales and there is big time drama!
Sean Avery was scratched last night for discplinary reasons, but rumors on Twitter said he may have...
Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that it is believed the Rangers eventually will place Sean Avery on re-entry waivers, perhaps closer to the Feb. 27 trade deadline....with everything going on down in Hartford, not so sure teams would be interested in claiming him anymore. I do hope it works out for Avery.One team that was interested in Avery, according to the Calgary Sun, was the Florida...
It was quite clear going into this game that the Rangers needed to play better hockey, despite having won five of their last six prior to tonight. They did that and managed the blank the red hot Maple Leafs, 3-0, to again take over the top spot in the National Hockey League. For the first time in several weeks, the Blueshirts again played a complete team game, and as they’ve shown...
Sean Avery just can't buy a break these days. It's bad enough that he's been waived by the Rangers for the second time this year and is currently playing with their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Whale. Now, there's been a rumor floating around the Internet that Avery was benched on Friday because he spit on the Whale's coach, Ken Gernander. The Rangers have come...
Andrew Gross reports that the Rangers have recalled Kris Newbury for tonight's game in Montreal. Newbury is likely just precautionary in case both Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder) and Ruslan Fedotenko (back spasms) cannot play this evening.
As you know, the four of us were unable to watch the game last night, so the recap today comes from Tom Urtz Jr, who writes for Bleacher Report. Thanks again Tom. You can follow Tom on Twitter here.
The Rangers are back in the win column after outplaying the Leafs Saturday night in Toronto.The Rangers set the tone early on with a very physical first period that would continue the...
Sean Avery, now playing for the Connecticut Whale in the AHL, was a healthy scratch last night for what the Rangers are calling "disciplinary reasons." It remains unclear, however, what required the discipline. The rumor spreading on Twitter is that he was benched for spitting on his coach. More »
Coming off a 3-0 shutout loss to the Ottawa Senators, the New York Rangers will look to turn things around tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
For the Rangers, their focus has to be on getting pucks to the net and making most of their chances. In their last two games, the team has scored just one goal in regulation while not being able to convert on...
Rick Carpiniello’s Rangers Report Chat
Shut the front door.
That’s how you smother a good team, how you make their night miserable, how you bounce back from a loss.
Fact: The Rangers are quickly becoming the team you don’t want to play, because they will make you absorb a beating, fight for every inch and for every puck, and will give you every reason to give up and get to the lockerroom … and with many icepacks...
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Kris Newbury has been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
The New York Rangers have reached the mid-way point of their regular season schedule with a record of 27-10-4 through 41 games. The Rangers are off to their best start in 40 years, and thir...
Well, that’s certainly an unforeseen development. It’s hard to argue with the fact that the 2012 NHL Winter Classic — held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and featured the Flyers taking on the rival New York Rangers — was an unmitigated success. The game was entertaining, the ballpark looked fantastic and a grand time [...]
New York backup Martin Biron made 20 saves, and the Rangers bounced back from a streak-busting loss to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Saturday night.
MONTREAL -- At other NHL rinks, the New York Rangers have proven to be one of the league's best teams this season....