The Montreal Canadiens shut out the New York Rangers last night, and based on recent history, no one should have been surprised.
Dating back to last season, the Habs have now allowed just one goal in the past four meetings with their original six rival. Carey Price held the Rangers scoreless twice last season in 3-0 victories, as well as a 3-1 win.
Last night, Peter Budaj was given the call in goal for Montreal, but the result was the same, a 27 save shutout and two points in the bank for the Canadiens.
Tomas Plekanec opened the scoring late in the second period, following a tentative opening frame, when he deked to the backhand and slip a power play marker behind a sprawling Henrik Lundqvist in the Rangers goal. Michael Bournival set up the goal when he cut to the slot with the puck, drawing two defenders and sliding the puck to an open Plekanec who was left unimpeded as he opened the scoring.
Alex Galchenyuk stretched the Habs lead to two on a controversial goal set up by Lars Eller. The pair drove into the Rangers zone on a two on one, and Eller slid a pass across the crease to Galchenyuk, who steered the puck into the goal with his skate. The goal went to review, but it was ruled Alex skate was in a stopping motion and not a kicking motion.
Peter Budaj made several great saves to keep the Rangers off the board, and was rewarded with a well deserved first star nomination at the end of the game.
The Canadiens are right back in action tonight as they host the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre.