Saturday, January 14, 2017

Canadiens Erupt in third, overcoming disputed goal to defeat Rangers

Carey Price and the Canadiens did not get the call on this goal by Rick Nash in the second period--Michel Therien challenged the "good goal" ruling on the ice but it was not overturned--but the Habs scored three goals in 1:02 in the third period and hung on for a 5-4 win at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The disputed goal left many bewildered because Kevin Hayes clearly got a good piece of Price's pad and dragged him away from the play, making Rick Nash's tap-in a breeze, but the NHL must have believed that Price was outside of his crease and therefore not subject to the same goaltender interference rules that might have been enforced if he was in the crease when Hayes hooked his pad.

Price said he didn't agree with the call after the game and would not elaborate further.

Against Henrik Lundqvist, who was came in in relief for injured Antti Raanta at the beginning of the second period, Montreal made sure it did not matter.

Alexei Emelin scored on a seeing-eye point shot that Lundqvist never saw to tie it (nice screen by Brian Flynn on the play), and Max Pacioretty got the eventual game winner (his 15th in 20 games) 36 seconds later when he slipped a shot through Lundqvist's five-hole after sneaking in on a breakaway. 26 seconds later Paul Byron scored his 13th of the season to send the Bell Centre to a frenzy.
Montreal improves to 27-11-6 with the win, while the Rangers drop to 28-15-1.