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NEW YORK (AP) -Andrei Markov and Robert Lang scored power-play goals 2:08 apart to break open a tight game in the third period and lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Lang made it 5-3 with 4:31 remaining during 4-on-4 play and finished his second NHL hat trick with an empty-netter. Montreal, on a 7-1-1 spurt, jumped one point ahead of the Rangers into fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Kovalev and Guillaume Latendresse gave the Canadiens one-goal leads in the first period. Chris Drury tied it for New York in the first, and Ryan Callahan in the second.

Markov then gave the Canadiens the lead for good 2 1/2 minutes into the third. Michal Rozsival pulled the Rangers to 4-3 about four minutes later.

Jaroslav Halak finished with 36 saves for the Canadiens.

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