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Rangers edge Habs

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2001

MONTREAL (AP) -- Goalie Dan Blackburn picked up his first NHL victory, and Radek Dvorak scored the tiebreaking goal as the New York Rangers beat Montreal 2-1 Monday night, snapping the Canadiens' five-game unbeaten streak.

The 18-year-old Blackburn, making his second start, finished with 22 saves. The 10th overall pick in the draft by New York, Blackburn allowed five goals in a loss to Washington last week in his debut.

Rangers captain Mark Messier did not play because of a rib injury sustained against Ottawa on Saturday. Messier will be examined by team physicians Tuesday.

Montreal's Sheldon Souray opened the scoring with a power-play goal 10:30 in. His low slap shot from the point beat Blackburn to his left, just inside the right post.

Theoren Fleury scored his first of the season 16:08 into the first, tying the game at 1.

Fleury took Michael York's pass from behind the net at the left edge of the Montreal crease and banked a shot off goalie Jose Theodore's skate.

Dvorak snapped the tie early in the second, just six seconds after the Canadiens completed their third of six successful penalty kills.

Dvorak scored just after Jan Bulis came out of the penalty box, 4:57 into the period.

Montreal, which slipped to 4-1-1, has not allowed a power-play goal in 32 short-handed situations this season.

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore made 27 saves. New York held a 29-23 edge in shots.

Notes: The Rangers are 2-for-23 on the power-play this season. ... New York has been outscored 8-2 in the first period. ... The Canadiens' five-game undefeated streak was their best start since 1981-82, when the team didn't lose until its 11th game. ... Montreal was 1-for-7 on the power play.



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