Recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Jan. 3, Hossa scored with
13:37 left in the third period as Montreal ended a season-high
seven-game winless streak. The teams were tied 2-2 in the first
"I'm not thinking about Hamilton now,'' Hossa said. "I'm so
excited to be here. I just want to be ready each game.''
Hossa, who moved to the Canadiens' top line alongside
and Richard Zednik in the third, struck the right post and got his
rebound for a second shot. That one hit goalie Dan Blackburn and
rolled over him into the net.
"You can tell he has skill and lots of speed,'' Koivu said.
"He's really young, and so the question now is just to be
Hossa -- the 21-year-old younger brother of Ottawa star
Marian Hossa -- also scored in the Canadiens' 3-2 loss in New Jersey on
Tuesday which gave Montreal a 0-4-1-2 mark on its longest road trip
of the season.
"I skate hard, go to the net -- that's what they want me to do
here,'' Hossa said. "I have to be ready to play with those guys
and try to make room for them. It was exciting for me. They're
giving me a very good chance to play on top lines and power plays
so I have to take advantage of it.''
Defensemen Karl Dykhuis and Andrei Markov also scored for the
Canadiens, who hadn't played at home since a 6-2 win over Buffalo
on Dec. 21.
"It was a huge game for us,'' Koivu said. "There were some
games on the road that we didn't win where we probably played
better, but no one was thinking about what would happen if we lost
the two points. They were huge for us. It wasn't pretty, we didn't
play that well, but we did what we had to do.''
"Montreal played just good enough to beat us,'' Rangers center
Bobby Holik said. "They didn't play great, neither did we. I don't
think it was their best game but they played well enough to beat
us, so I don't know what that says about them or what that says
Canadiens general manager Andre Savard was fined $50,000, and
coach Michel Therrien was hit for $25,000 by the NHL earlier in the
day for confronting referee Kerry Fraser after Tuesday's game.
Savard and Therrien shouted at Fraser, who disallowed a Montreal
goal in the first period and allowed Joe Nieuwendyk's game-winning,
third-period goal even though Canadiens goaltender Jeff Hackett was
knocked down by the Devils' Jeff Friesen.
Savard had to be physically restrained from going into the
officials dressing room in New Jersey.
"I don't have much to say regarding the incident,'' Therrien
said. "We respect the NHL's decision.''
Barnaby opened the scoring 3:52 in when he deflected defenseman
Tom Poti's point shot past goalie Jose Theodore for his seventh
Dykhuis tied it at 10:52 when his rising wrist shot went off
Blackburn's glove and fell behind him into the net.
"It was a screened shot and I just didn't see it until it got
right to me, and I just got a piece of it,'' Blackburn said.
Markov got his eighth at 14:22 as he blasted a slap shot over
Blackburn's right shoulder from the left circle after taking a pass
from Saku Koivu.
Lundmark tied it 51 seconds later, scoring off Mark Messier's
pass at 15:13.
Rangers C Petr Nedved watched the game from the press box
as he missed his fourth consecutive game because of a hip flexor
injury. He is day-to-day. ... Hossa, who had 18 goals and 30 points
in 36 games with Hamilton this season, had three goals and one
assist in 10 games with Montreal last season. ... Canadiens LW
Doug Gilmour, who missed his fourth straight game, had an MRI on
Thursday which revealed swelling in his lower back.