- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008

MONTREAL (AP) — Chris Drury had the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the New York Rangers scored five unanswered goals in a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens yesterday.

Drury redirected Nigel Dawes’ shot past Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet at the right edge of the crease as New York overcame a 3-0 deficit early in the second period to extend its winning streak to three.

Martin Straka capped the five-goal rally at 18:30 of the third with the Rangers’ second goal of the period.

After Montreal rookie Sergei Kostitsyn beat Henrik Lundqvist on a penalty shot 5:40 into the second to put the Canadiens up by three, New York scored three times to close out the period. Michal Rozsival and Brandon Dubinsky scored 24 seconds apart to draw the Rangers to 3-2. Scott Gomez scored at 15:40 to tie it at 3-3.

Andrei Markov and Alex Kovalev each scored power-play goals in the first period for Montreal.

Lundqvist made 25 saves, including a huge stop 55 seconds into the third when he stuck out his right pad to deny Tomas Plekanec after the Canadiens center deked past him on a short-handed breakaway opportunity.

Huet also stopped 25 shots in his 12th straight start for Montreal, which lost an opportunity to move within one point of Eastern Conference leaders Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead.

The Canadiens, who had won eight of 11 (8-2-1), play host to the Senators tomorrow night.

Rangers left wing Ryan Hollweg got a boarding major and a game misconduct 15:40 into the second. Hollweg, who was leveled by Kovalev’s shoulder check earlier in the period, was sent off after he checked Kostitsyn from behind headfirst into the boards.

Markov extended his points streak to six games when he opened the scoring 3:11 in with an unassisted effort for his 12th goal of the season.

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