The Canadian defeated the Rangers 4 to 2

Le Canadien défait les Rangers 4 à 2

Photo: Paul Sancya Associated Press
Striker Joel Armia has successfully completed his first hat trick in career.

Despite a slow start, the Canadian has avoided the trap on Friday night, and montreal defeated the New York Rangers 4-2.

The Canadian was surprised by the New Jersey Devils early in the week before the imposition of a correction to the Detroit Red Wings. After leaving the Rangers prevail in the first period, the Canadian has turned it around in time to avoid a second setback in three games against training out of the playoffs.

Joel Armia has successfully completed a first hat trick in the NHL and Brendan Gallagher added his 28th goal of the season for the Canadian (35-23-7). Carey Price made 25 stops to get a 313th career win, one less than Jacques Plante in the first rank in the history of the Canadian.

The Canadian is assured to keep its gains in the race for the series in the Association. The cast of Claude Julien still holds the first of two passes additional giving access to the tournament in spring.

Vladislav Namestnikov and Brendan Lemieux replied for the Rangers (27-27-10). Brady Skjei has raised two aides, and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 stops.

Artturi Lehkonen has been at the heart of the scoring opportunities of the Canadian in the first period, but he was unable to end its food shortage, which has lasted for 27 games.

At the other end of the ice, Namestnikov opened the scoring at 4 :41 when he deflected skillfully shot and Skjei.

Price has kept the Canadian in the shot in return of the intermission, making a stop spectacular at the expense of Namestnikov at the end of a shorthanded Habs.

Gallagher has finally tied it at 7:27, taking advantage of a discount Tomas Tatar after a rejection from Jordie Benn behind the net of Rangers.

Price has managed another shot smoky, a little later, leaving the mitten at the expense of Pavel Buchnevich. Lundqvist has given him the reply, frustrating Gallagher two times, blow on blow, on a deflection, and then on a return.

Armia was then given the lead in Canada with 5:22 to make the second twenty, in the wake of another bond in favour of the band.

He returned to the charge after 4:29 of the game in the third period, when he decided to shoot on a downhill two-against-one.

This goal proved to be important since Lemieux narrowed the gap with 2:32 to go. Armia has finally completed his hat trick by pulling in an empty net with just 36.7 seconds remaining.

Paul Byron was in uniform for the canadiens, one day after having missed his turn to drive because of a virus.

The Canadian will be back in action on Saturday, when the Pittsburgh Penguins will be the visitors at the Bell Centre.


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