New York: The Montreal Canadiens have claimed their second victory of the week against the New York Rangers, prevailing 3-0 on Saturday.
With the victory they reclaim sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
Alex Galchenyuk, Erik Cole and Lars Eller each scored a goal and added an assist while Carey Price made 17 saves for his second shutout of the season.
All three goals came in the second period.
Cole was first to get on the score sheet with a clever wrist flick early in the period before Galchenyuk doubled the advantage with a slick move near the net.
Eller closed the scoring with a powerplay slapshot with less than 30 seconds remaining in the period.
The loss was not the only concern for the Rangers who lost key defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi to injury.
The Canadiens improved to 12-4-2 with the win to be two points clear of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa and the New Jersey Devils in the East.
The Rangers dropped to 8-7-2 and are struggling in fourth spot in the Atlantic Division.
Meanwhile, Ottawa Senators’ Colin Greening hit a puck out of midair for a goal with 24 seconds remaining to give them a dramatic 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, staying within two points of the NHL Eastern Conference lead.
Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators, who have won four straight.
Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto but it was to no avail thanks to Greening’s spectacular winner for the Senators.