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GDT: New York Rangers @ Montreal Canadiens- 3:00PM ET- CBC, RDS

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New York Rangers center Martin Straka insists he isn't doing anything different during one of the best seasons of his career.

Straka looks to build on his sixth career hat trick Saturday when the Rangers (21-17-4) visit the stumbling Montreal Canadiens (23-12-5).

Straka scored a goal in each period of the Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The hat trick was his first since March 29 against the New York Islanders.

"Night in and night out, he is a clear example of the work ethics that we want," coach Tom Renney said. "He's a genuine, sincere guy, soft-spoken, humble man who comes to work. He works awfully hard. He should be proud of himself. He really does epitomize a lot of what we want to be here."

Straka reached the 20-goal mark for the sixth time and has 21, one shy of his total of last season. He's on pace to break his career high of 35 goals set in 1998-99 with Pittsburgh.

"I have said many times, sometimes you play the same way the whole year and the puck goes in, and sometimes it doesn't," he said. "When you have the confidence, you have a little bit more luck. That's the difference I guess. I don't think I am playing any different than I did last year."

The Rangers have rebounded well from a season-high seven-game losing streak, winning three straight. The prolonged slide came on the heels of a season-best five-game win streak.

Henrik Lundqvist started his sixth straight game Thursday and stopped 22 shots. He has not allowed more than two goals in any of his last five appearances.

"I think for 60 minutes, the last three games, we have played solid," said center Michael Nylander, who had an assist Thursday.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, have dropped four of their last six games, including Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals. Craig Rivet scored the lone goal for Montreal, which has just five total goals in its last four losses.

"There really was no reason, no excuse, why we weren't able to stay with it after we were in the game right at the beginning," defenseman Sheldon Souray said. "We were soft. Not one or two guys - everybody."

Saku Koivu was charged with an interference penalty that negated a Montreal goal that would have tied the game at 2. He went scoreless against the Capitals and remained one point shy of 500 for his career.

Goalie Cristobal Huet, who is 16-7-3 with a 2.45 goals-against average, allowed more than three goals for the first time in five appearances and was removed in the second period.

The Canadiens are 9-2-1 in their last 12 matchups with the Rangers. The teams are meeting for the first time this season.
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Habs and Rangers clash in Montreal

(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers will try for their fourth consecutive victory this afternoon, when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

The Rangers have won three straight on the heels of a seven-game losing streak and posted their most recent triumph Thursday against visiting Philadelphia.

Martin Straka provided all the offense for New York as his sixth career hat trick helped New York down the Flyers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots for the Rangers, who have 46 points and trail New Jersey by four for the Atlantic Division lead.

On the other hand, the Canadiens will try to get back on the right track today. They have dropped three of their last four contests and are coming off Thursday's lopsided loss in Washington.

Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Semin each had two goals and Alexander Ovechkin picked up three assists as the Capitals throttled Montreal, 5-1.

Craig Rivet scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have also dropped four of their last six after a five-game winning streak.

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4-3 Rangers.

I am so sick of the refs calling off goals. And the CBC commentators are idiots. I don't know how anyone can stand listening to them.
habschick said:
4-3 Rangers.

I am so sick of the refs calling off goals. And the CBC commentators are idiots. I don't know how anyone can stand listening to them.
We can't stand listening to them, but we don't have much of a choice!!!
I do! :D I always have RDS to fall back on! lol
habschick said:
I do! :D I always have RDS to fall back on! lol
I have RDS too, but I don't understand French!! :cool:
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