Plekanec, Pacioretty play catch on nifty goal

Poor Henrik Lundqvist. With no defenseman in position, he didn’t stand a chance.

The Montreal Canadiens tied the Anaheim Ducks for the league lead with 14 points and identical 7-1 records after the Candiens downed the slumping New York Rangers with a 3-1 victory last night.

Montreal opened the scoring with roughly 7 minutes 30 seconds remaining in the first period when forward Tomas Plekanec tipped the puck past New York’s defense along the boards in Montreal’s defensive zone, creating a wide open 2-on-0 opportunity with Plekanec and Max Pacioretty, who began streaking up through center ice on Plekanec’s wing. The two began playing catch with the puck as they entered the offensive zone, going back and forth until Rangers goalie Lundqvist bit, leaving a wide open net for Plekanec to bury the puck on a pass back from Pacioretty.

The Rangers were one of the best defensive teams in the NHL last season, posting a 2.32 goals against average per game. Through eight games so far this season, the team is in the bottom half of the league with a 3.25 goals against per game average.

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