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Rangers look to ride momentum off win in Montreal

by Tal Pinchevsky

NEW YORK -- To say the New York Rangers were long overdue for a win in Montreal would be a major understatement.

After losing eight straight games against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre, New York finally got that elusive win in Quebec Saturday night. They only scored one goal, their first in four contests in Montreal, but it was enough with Cam Talbot making 22 saves to secure the 1-0 win.

With their first win in Montreal since March 17, 2009, the Rangers are looking to ride that momentum into their next game Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

"I think it's good for the team. Anytime we can get a road win, especially when you go into that building, where there hasn't been a lot of success," Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel said, "we want to use it as momentum. It's a monkey off our back. We put it behind us, and now we have a strong team in L.A. that is waiting here for us."

Coming into the game Saturday having scored just once in their previous five games in Montreal, coach Alain Vigneault, who coached three full seasons with the Canadiens, reminded his players that, while the Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup 24 times through their illustrious history, none of those championships had come while the team played at Bell Centre.

"You heard about AV's story before, how there were no ghosts there," Arniel said. "It loosened everybody. We chuckled about it."

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