Canadiens rebound to beat Rangers, 4-1


Montreal's Steve Begin, right, celebrates with Niklas Sundstrom after Begin scored a short-handed goal during the third period against the New York Rangers on Monday night.

The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 2:06 a.m.
NEW YORK - Jose Theodore was every bit as good in the first period Monday night as he was bad two days earlier against these same New York Rangers.
Theodore made nine saves in the opening 20 minutes and 23 overall, backstopping Montreal's 4-1 victory over the Rangers that gave the Canadiens a split of the home-and-home series.
The Canadiens, who lost 5-2 Saturday in Montreal, have won six straight in New York - including both meetings this season.
Theodore didn't make it past the first period at home. He was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots.
''The last game, as a team, myself, I didn't think we played the way we should,'' Theodore said. ''I was unhappy with the way I played so today was a big challenge for us to play well and for me to bounce back.''
Steve Begin scored a short-handed goal 1:14 after Jaromir Jagr tied it for New York in the third period and Alex Kovalev and Niklas Sundstrom padded the lead for the Canadiens, who have earned 11 of a possible 12 points away from home (5-0-1).
  • MAPLE LEAFS 2, PANTHERS 1: Alexei Ponikarovsky scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Toronto rebounded from its worst loss in nearly 14 years with a victory over Florida.
    Ed Belfour made 31 saves for the Maple Leafs, who lost 8-0 to the rival Ottawa Senators on Saturday night- their most lopsided loss since Dec. 26, 1991, when Pittsburgh beat them 12-1.
    Meanwhile, Toronto star Mats Sundin has been cleared to practice, the team said.
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