NHL ROUNDUP: Rangers end drought in Montreal, blank Canadiens
Ryan Callahan ended New York’s four-year-old goal drought in Montreal and rookie Cam Talbot made 22 saves for his first NHL shutout in the Rangers’ 1-0 blanking of the Canadiens on Saturday night.
Talbot, who replaced Martin Biron as the backup goalie, became the first Rangers goalie to earn a shutout in Montreal since Ed Giacomin in a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967.
Callahan broke the Rangers’ Bell Centre drought just as a two-man advantage ended as he tipped Brad Richard’s blast from the left circle past Carey Price 5:25 into the second period. The Canadiens went into the game with four straight shutouts against New York, including a 2-0 win Oct. 28 with Peter Budaj in goal.
Montreal was 7-0-1 at home against New York and had outscored them 25-3 since a 4-3 loss in March 2009.
BLUES 4, HURRICANES 2: Alexander Steen scored his league-leading 17th goal and also added an assist to lead St. Louis over Carolina. Steen extended his scoring streak to 13 games, the longest for a Blue since Pierre Turgeon had a 15-game streak in 1999-2000.
The Blues won despite giving up two short-handed goals on the same power play for the first time since Oct. 8, 1992 against the then-Minnesota North Stars.
Roman Polak had a goal and assist for St. Louis. David Backes and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Blues and Brian Elliott made 18 saves.
Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe scored for Carolina.
PREDATORS 7, BLACKHAWKS 2: Rookie Marek Mazanec made 39 saves for his first NHL victory and Nashville stopped Chicago’s four-game winning streak. Craig Smith scored a goal and added two assists for the Predators.
Matt Cullen, Nick Spaling, Patric Hornqvist, Viktor Stalberg, Mike Fisher and Shea Weber also scored for Nashville, which ended a four-game losing streak.
Patrick Kane and Brandon Pirri had the goals for Chicago.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 2: James van Riemsdyk scored twice, Nikolai Kulemin got the winner and Toronto snapped a three-game skid. Van Riemsdyk had been pointless in his previous five games, four of those at center.
Mason Raymond also scored for the Leafs.
Jamie McBain and Tyler Ennis scored for the Sabres.
ISLANDERS 5, RED WINGS 4, SO: Kevin Poulin stopped all three Detroit skaters in the shootout after coming on in relief, and New York outlasted the reeling Red Wings.
Poulin shut the door in the tiebreaker, denying Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi.
The Red Wings also got goals from Darren Helm and Johan Franzen.
Frans Nielsen scored the only shootout goal for the Islanders, who had dropped five of six.
New York also got goals from Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Casey Cizikas and Brock Nelson.
COYOTES 6, LIGHTNING 3: Martin Hanzal had a goal and three assists, Lauri Korpikoski added a goal and two assists and Phoenix handed Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay its first loss in eight games against Western Conference teams this season.
Michael Stone, Mike Ribeiro, Connor Murphy and Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix. Radim Vrbata had three assists.
Richard Panik, J.T. Brown and Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning.