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Budaj shines, Plekanec and Galchenyuk score as Canadiens spoil Rangers' home opener

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Budaj shines, Plekanec and Galchenyuk score as Canadiens spoil Rangers' home opener

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Peter Budaj made 27 saves for his 11th career NHL shutout, and Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk provided all the offence Montreal needed as the Canadiens spoiled the New York Rangers' long-awaited home opener with a 2-0 victory Monday night.

The 31-year-old Budaj was on the top of his game despite playing in place of No. 1 goalie Carey Price for only the second time this season and first since Oct. 10 at Edmonton when he stopped 27 of 28 shots in a win.

Plekanec scored the decisive goal on a power play in the second period. Budaj made it stand up for Montreal (7-5), which had lost three of four since a four-game winning streak.

Galchenyuk scored his second goal of the season with 2:51 left. That sealed the win moments after Budaj blocked an in-close chance for Mats Zuccarello.

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