Series (Game 1 of 4)
New York leads 3-1
(22-17-4, 48 pts)
(23-13-5, 51 pts)
3:00 PM ET, January 6, 2007
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
M. Cullen (Rangers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0
M. Nylander (Rangers - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2
T. Plekanec (Canadiens - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1
NY Rangers (21-17-4) at Montreal (23-12-5) 3:00 pm EST
MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Coming off one of the best nights of his
career, Martin Straka is about to surpass his goal total from
Straka looks to lead the Rangers to their fourth consecutive
victory Saturday when they visit the Montreal Canadiens in the
first meeting of the season between the "Original Six" rivals.
The 34-year-old Czech has 21 goals this season, one shy of last
year's total. A 14-year veteran, his best season came in
1998-1999, when he scored 35 in 80 contests for the Pittsburgh
Straka recorded his sixth career hat trick by scoring a goal in
each period and Jaromir Jagr collected his 38th assist for the
Rangers in Thursday's 3-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Montreal goaltender Christobal Huet is hoping to bounce back
after one of his most disappointing efforts of the campaign in
Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Entering 4-0-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average in five prior
encounters against the Capitals, Huet was pulled midway through
the second period after yielding four tallies on 20 shots.
Craig Rivet scored his fifth goal of the season on a power play
for the Canadiens, who have dropped three of four.