MONTREAL - The Canadiens dropped a 5-2 decision to the Rangers on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
After being recalled earlier in the day from the AHL's Laval Rocket, Charles Hudon played his first game with Montreal since December 6, 2019.
The 25-year-old has been enjoying a stellar campaign with Joel Bouchard's contingent, scoring 27 goals in 46 games.
He took Jonathan Drouin's spot in the lineup. Drouin is sidelined with an ankle injury.
The Canadiens got off to another strong start courtesy of Max Domi.
At the 3:12 mark of the first period, Domi's pass attempt redirected off Rangers defenseman Adam Fox and beat goaltender Alexandar Georgiev to give the home side a 1-0 advantage.
It was Domi's 16th goal of the season, and it extended his point streak to four games in the process.
Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar collected the assists on the play.
That's the way things stood after 20 minutes.
We had to wait until late in the middle frame for some more offense, but it finally came.
With 2:59 left before the intermission, Tatar made a dazzling breakaway move on Georgiev to score his 22nd goal of the season.
That gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead, and it also allowed the 29-year-old Slovak sniper to tie his career-high in points (58).
Tatar set the mark last season.
Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault collected the helpers on the play.
Unfortunately, the Rangers answered right back just 93 seconds later when Phil Di Giuseppe found the back of the net to cut the lead in half.
That set up an interesting third period.
Mika Zibanejad tied things up for the Rangers with 8:54 remaining in regulation, beating goaltender Carey Price with a low snapshot.
Then, Fox gave the Rangers their first lead of the game just 75 seconds later, beating Price with a point shot that found its way through traffic.
Ryan Strome added another goal for New York with 4:37 left in the period to put head coach David Quinn's contingent up 4-2.
Strome added an empty-netter.
That's the way things finished up.
The Canadiens will be back in action on Saturday night when they play host to the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre.