Michael Blunden

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Big Hit, Early Ugliness Leads to Habs Loss in New York

If you were to take a quick glance at the box score from tonight's tilt at Madison Square Garden, you would probably have to assume that the New York Rangers had their way with the Montreal Canadiens. 5-3, heavy advantage in powerplays, faceoffs,  and (especially early) in shots, everything on paper screamed out that this was the Rangers' game.

But of course, stats can sometimes be misleading. You see, despite a relatively horrendous first period, for many reasons, the Montreal Canadiens may have actually been the better team on the ice tonight.

The chances definitely went in the Canadiens' favor, as did the hits and the sho...