- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: Montreal’s Bell Centre continues to be a house of horrors for the Rangers. The Blueshirts lost for the sixth straight time there, falling to the Canadiens in blowout fashion, 4-1 on Sunday night. The Rangers haven't beaten the Habs in Montreal since March 17, 2009.
GUT-CHECK TIME: The Rangers (28-11-4) came in with an NHL-best 60 points, and had won 11 of their previous 13 games -- including three straight on the road. But none of that mattered on Sunday night. The Canadiens (17-20-8) looked like the more desperate team from the start and beat the Rangers at their own game, getting pucks in deep, winning battles along the boards and capitalizing on a couple turnovers. The Rangers are usually sound in their end zone. But that wasn't the case on Sunday night. Coach John Tortorella will likely rip into his team in the dressing room for its poor effort.
BLANK SHEET: Marian Gaborik hasn't scored a goal in the last five games, while $60 million man Brad Richards hasn't recorded a point in the last four.
MAX EFFORT: Max Pacioretty finished with two goals -- Nos. 14 and 15 on the season -- and an assist. The left winger opened the scoring at 2:39 of the first, and later gave the Habs a 2-1 lead at 3:54 of the second.
LONE RANGER: John Mitchell jammed home a rebound for his third marker of the season at 12:49 of the first.
FRUSTRATING FRAME: The Rangers allowed three goals in a span of 8:24 during the second period.
RARE SKID: After winning a career-best seven starts in a row, all-world netminder Henrik Lundqvist has lost his last two -- allowing seven goals in those losses. Lundqvist, who made 25 saves, fell to 19-9-4 on the season.
INJURY NOTES: Kris Newbury dressed in place of Ruslan Fedotenko (back). Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder) missed his third straight game.
WHAT'S NEXT: Rangers vs. Predators, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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