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Rangers Surrender Lead in Third in Loss to Canadiens

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers' struggles in Montreal continued Saturday night when New York let a 3-2 third period lead slip away in a 5-4 loss to the Canadiens.

Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty and Paul Byron scored in a 62-second span against Henrik Lundqvist.

The Rangers' struggles in Montreal continued Saturday night when New York let a 3-2 third period lead slip away in a 5-4 loss to the Canadiens.

Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty and Paul Byron scored in a 62-second span against Henrik Lundqvist.

Derek Stepan would score 2:58 after Byron's goal to cut the deficit to 5-4, but it was too little, too late.

New York had three separate one-goal leads starting with Brandon Pirri's first period power play goal that opened the scoring at 12:24.

After Alex Galchenyuk tied the game early in the middle period, Rick Nash put the Rangers back up by one when he buried a loose puck for his 14th goal of the season.

Montreal would tie it again on a goal by Brian Flynn just 1:38 later, but J.T. Miller's pretty finish on an odd-man shorthanded rush with Kevin Hayes would put the Rangers back up by one.

Things would stay that way until Montreal's three-goal explosion that started with Emelin's deflection goal at 10:53 that tied the game at three.

Paciotetty would put Montreal ahead for the first time when he found an opening between Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi and broke in on a breakaway and beat Lundqvist five-hole.

Byron's tally came on a goalmouth scramble, and it held up to be the game-winner.

Lundqvist relieved Antti Raanta who left after the first period with a lower body injury. He made 17 saves in the loss.

The Rangers host the Dallas Stars Tuesday night.

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