New York, NY (Sports Network) - Rookie Alex Galchenyuk scored the tie-breaking goal early in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens posted their fifth straight victory with a 3-1 decision over the New York Rangers from Madison Square Garden.
Galchenyuk, the third overall pick of the 2012 draft, potted his second career NHL marker 1:48 into the final session to snap a 1-1 deadlock. Raphael Diaz sealed the win with an empty-net tally with 1:06 left, while Max Pacioretty also lit the lamp to help back a solid 24-save effort from Habs goaltender Carey Price.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped just 15-of-17 shots for New York, which had a string of five straight outings in which it registered at least one point (4-0-1) halted.
Anton Stralman recorded the lone goal for a Rangers team that played without star sniper Rick Nash due to an undisclosed injury.