MONTREAL – Dominic Moore scored twice and Jaromir Jagr notched his NHL-leading 11th goal in the New York Rangers’ 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadien.

Martin Rucinsky had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who scored three goals on their first 10 shots against Jose Theodore, who left after the first period.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots as New York won its second in a row following a three-game winless streak.

Jagr extended his points streak to nine games when he beat Theodore midway through the first period after Moore opened the scoring 2:46 in.

Canadiens rookie Yann Danis, who had a shutout in his NHL debut on Oct. 12 in Atlanta, made his first Bell Centre appearance to begin the second.

Montreal, which lost its second in a row, got goals from Alex Kovalev and Richard Zednik early in the third to draw within 3-2.

Danis, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in the second, saw his shutout streak end at 89 minutes, 34 seconds when Steve Rucchin scored on New York’s second shot of the third period.

Moore restored the Rangers’ three-goal lead moments later on the New York’s next shot, beating Danis high at 10:12.

The Canadiens ended a three-game home winning streak, falling to 7-3-1 overall.

Moore opened the scoring with a nice individual effort. The Rangers center swept down the right side and went around defenseman Andrei Markov, cutting behind him and across the goal mouth to tuck the puck past Theodore.

Jagr, the league’s scoring leader, made it 2-0 at 10:37 when his flubbed shot floated in and struck Theodore’s glove before popping out behind the Canadiens goalie and into the net.

Theodore had little chance on the Rangers’ third goal at 11:45. The former Hart Trophy winner stopped Marek Malik’s point shot but kicked the rebound directly to Rucinsky, who fired a quick, sharp-angled shot from the corner into the net to make it 3-0.

Kovalev, who hit the left post late in the second, scored his third of the year 51 seconds into the third to ruin Lundqvist’s shutout bid.

Zednik brought the sellout crowd of 21,273 out of their seats again at 4:28 when he scored his first of the season to draw the Canadiens within 3-2.

Notes: Lundqvist improved to 5-1-2 in eight starts. … Rucinsky left in the third period with an apparent knee injury after taking a hard, late check from D Craig Rivet along the side boards. … The Canadiens have sold out each of their six home games.

AP-ES-10-29-05 2135EDT


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