Martin Rucinsky had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who
scored three goals on their first 10 shots against Theodore, who
left after the first period.
"Obviously he's an incredible goalie," said Moore, who also
beat Canadiens rookie Yann Danis for the Rangers' final goal. "I
don't think that's something we were focused on or patted ourselves
on the back about. We were just focused on the things that make us
Rookie Henrik Lundqvist proved a big part of the Rangers'
success, particularly with two big saves on Pierre Dagenais after
Montreal cut the lead to 3-2 in the third period.
"They came on strong, but Henrik really had a calming effect
for us," said New York center Steve Rucchin, who scored New York's
fourth goal midway through the third. "He's pretty levelheaded
back there and we knew he was going to keep making the big saves."
Lundqvist stopped 38 shots -- including 17 of 19 in the third --
as New York won its second in a row following a three-game winless
"They kept coming so hard, you couldn't relax," Lundqvist
said. "It was really nice when we scored the fourth and fifth
goals. It was a huge win for us."
Jagr extended his points streak to nine games when he beat
Theodore midway through the first period after Moore opened the
scoring 2:46 in.
Danis, who had a shutout in his NHL debut on Oct. 12 in Atlanta,
made his first Bell Centre appearance to begin the second.
Montreal, which lost its second in a row, got goals from Alex
Kovalev and Richard Zednik early in the third to draw within 3-2.
"You can lose it right away," Jagr said when asked about the
difficulty of protecting a lead in the new NHL style, resulting
from rule changes this season. "That's why it's exciting. It's
never over. You can be down four goals and easily win the game."
Danis, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in the second, saw his
shutout streak end at 89 minutes, 34 seconds when Rucchin scored on
New York's second shot of the third period.
"We had the momentum and things were really going well at that
point for us, and obviously it's disappointing to give up that
goal, but I wasn't thinking at all about the shutout streak,"
Moore restored the Rangers' three-goal lead moments later on New
York's next shot, beating Danis high at 10:12.
The Canadiens ended a three-game home winning streak, falling to
"They came out hard," said Montreal captain Saku Koivu, who
assisted on both Canadiens goals. "The first 10 minutes were
really strong for them and we just didn't show up."
Moore opened the scoring with a nice individual effort. The
Rangers center swept down the right side and went around defenseman
Andrei Markov, cutting behind him and across the goal mouth to tuck
the puck past Theodore.
"I had a head of steam from our end, and once I sort of got the
corner, got positioning on him, it's tough for him to recover,"
Jagr made it 2-0 at 10:37 when his flubbed shot floated in and
struck Theodore's glove before popping out behind the Canadiens
goalie and into the net.
Theodore had little chance on the Rangers' third goal at 11:45.
The former Hart Trophy winner stopped Marek Malik's point shot but
kicked the rebound directly to Rucinsky, who fired a quick,
sharp-angled shot from the corner into the net to make it 3-0.
Kovalev, who hit the left post late in the second, scored his
third of the year 51 seconds into the third to ruin Lundqvist's
Zednik brought the sellout crowd of 21,273 out of their seats
again at 4:28 when he scored his first of the season to draw the
Canadiens within 3-2.
Moore had one point -- a goal against Montreal on Oct. 6 --
in his previous 11 games this season. His six points in 17 career
games have all come against the Canadiens. ... Lundqvist improved
to 5-1-2 in eight starts. ... Rucinsky left in the third period
with an apparent knee injury after taking a hard, late check from D
Craig Rivet along the side boards. ... The Canadiens have sold out
each of their six home games.
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Arena: Bell Centre Location: Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Marc Joannette, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Angelo D'Amico, Greg Devorski
Attendance: 21,273 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Dominic Moore (2)
Assists: Jason Ward, Fedor Tyutin
Jaromir Jagr (11)
Assists: Michael Nylander, Martin Straka
Martin Rucinsky (6)
Assist: Marek Malik
No scoring this period
Alex Kovalev (3)
Assists: Richard Zednik, Saku Koivu
Richard Zednik (1)
Assist: Saku Koivu
Steve Rucchin (2)
Assists: Jed Ortmeyer, Martin Rucinsky