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game recap

Canadiens 6, Rangers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 6, Rangers 2
New York Rangers 2, Montréal Canadiens 6

MONTREAL (AP) -The Montreal Canadiens got offense from some of their lesser-known talents to enter their 100th year on a winning note.

Steve Begin, Maxim Lapierre and Matt D'Agostini each had a goal and an assist, Montreal scored three times in the first period and the Canadiens celebrated their 99th birthday with a 6-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Andrei Kositsyn, Begin and Alex Tanguay scored for Montreal in the opening period. Lapierre, who set up Begin's goal, made it 4-0 early in the second.

"I think it was a big night for everybody," Lapierre said. "We played really hard, the whole team, and we stayed in the system the whole game. We said it this week, when we play simple and good defensively, we're going to have some scoring chances."

Robert Lang scored 49 seconds into the third, and D'Agostini scored with 49.5 seconds remaining to help the Canadiens improve to 3-0 on their franchise-record seven-game homestand. Georges Laraque and Andrei Markov each had two assists for Montreal, which has won three straight following a 4-5-3 skid.

"It felt really good to finally put up a few wins in a row," Laraque said.

Markus Naslund and Nigel Dawes scored in the second for New York, which beat Pittsburgh 3-2 in a shootout Wednesday night for its fourth win in five games.

"It happens a bunch of times during the year where you have back-to-backs, and we've played well in back-to-backs in the past so I wouldn't blame it on that," Naslund said.

The Canadiens, founded on Dec. 9, 1909, as an inaugural member of the National Hockey Association, unveiled bronze statues of Howie Morenz, Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur outside the Bell Centre earlier in the day.

As part of the team's centennial year celebrations, Montreal wore throwback uniforms in the style of the franchise's first Stanley Cup champions in 1915-16, one year prior to the NHL's formation.

"We wanted to win, especially tonight, with this uniform," Begin said.

Price, who stopped 18 shots, wore brown goalie pads and gloves as part of the promotion, the first of four variations of retro jerseys from the Canadiens' first decade that the team will wear for certain games over the course of the next 12 months.

Kostitsyn opened the scoring 9:52 in with his third goal in three games.

Begin put Montreal up 2-0 at 10:37 when he scored for the second time in three games. He tipped Lapierre's pass beyond Henrik Lundqvist from the edge of the crease.

"I went to the net and Max Lapierre just put it on my stick - it was a tap-in," Begin said. "That's how we play. We shoot the puck and we drive the net."

Tanguay gave the Canadiens a 3-0 lead before the end of the period with his team-leading ninth goal at 17:37. Lapierre made it a four-goal lead with his fourth goal 3:35 into the second, before fighting with Petr Prucha midway through the period.

Naslund drew the Rangers to 4-1 on a power play at 13:02 when he deflected Paul Mara's shot past Price for his 10th goal.

Dawes got his third goal at 18:43 as New York closed to 4-2.

"We couldn't kind of collect ourselves, really," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "I thought we were OK to start with. We needed to kind of keep them with us or stay with them and we weren't able to do that, where in the past, for the most part, we've been able to kind of reel a team in and get ourselves into a hockey game, and we weren't able to do that tonight."

scoring summary
1st Period
09:52
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn (6) ASST: Matt D'Agostini (1), Andrei Markov (15)
1 - 0 MTL
10:47
MTL
Steve Begin (4) ASST: Maxim Lapierre (2), Georges Laraque (1)
2 - 0 MTL
17:37
MTL
Alex Tanguay (9) ASST: Roman Hamrlik (6), Tom Kostopoulos (4)
3 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
03:35
MTL
Maxim Lapierre (4) ASST: Steve Begin (2), Georges Laraque (2)
4 - 0 MTL
13:02
NYR
PPG - Markus Naslund (10) ASST: Paul Mara (8), Scott Gomez (13)
4 - 1 MTL
18:43
NYR
Nigel Dawes (3) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (16), Chris Drury (7)
4 - 2 MTL
3rd Period
00:49
MTL
Robert Lang (8) ASST: Andrei Markov (16), Alex Kovalev (14)
5 - 2 MTL
19:10
MTL
Matt D'Agostini (2) ASST: NONE
6 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:23
NYR
Paul Mara  Tripping against  Matt D'Agostini
13:21
NYR
Aaron Voros  Roughing against  Patrice Brisebois
2nd Period
09:01
MTL
Mathieu Dandenault  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
10:58
NYR
Petr Prucha  Fighting (maj) against  Maxim Lapierre
10:58
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Fighting (maj) against  Petr Prucha
11:45
MTL
Steve Begin  Hooking against  Colton Orr
15:51
MTL
Saku Koivu  Roughing against  Scott Gomez
15:51
MTL
Saku Koivu  Roughing against  Scott Gomez
15:51
NYR
Scott Gomez  Roughing against  Saku Koivu
15:51
NYR
Scott Gomez  Roughing against  Saku Koivu
3rd Period
13:19
NYR
Scott Gomez  Cross checking against  Andrei Markov
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 30 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
SA: 20TOI: 59:44
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1