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Blackburn Earns First NHL Win, 2-1

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

With family and friends in attendance, rookie goaltender Dan Blackburn turned aside 22 of 23 Montreal shots to earn the first win of his NHL career as the Rangers skated past the Canadiens 2-1 on Monday.

Blackburn, who was born in Montreal and lived there until the age of seven, was voted the first star of the game in only his second professional match.

Radek Dvorak and Theoren Fleury netted the Blueshirt goals, who improve to 2-2-1-0 on the season.

The Rangers collected three of four possible points in their two-game Canadian road trip after also collecting a point in Saturday's 2-2 tie with Ottawa. The win was the Blueshirt's first road victory of the season and Montreal's first loss of the 2001-02 campaign.

"It feels unbelievable. I can't get the grin off my face and I've been off the ice for five minutes already," said an excited Blackburn after his memorable performance. "I felt a bit nervous today, but having my friends and family in the stands made me relax and feel more comfortable."

The rookie goaltender made his NHL debut on October 10 in a 5-2 loss vs. Washington. Despite the loss, Blackburn was impressive, turning aside 37 of 42 shots.

Montreal's lone goal was scored by defenseman Sheldon Souray, who put the Canadiens up 1-0 at 10:30 of the first period with a tally on the power play.
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