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Montreal pulls away in the 3rd

The New York Rangers' Blair Betts leaps over teammate Jason Ward in front of Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore during Monday's game.
The New York Rangers' Blair Betts leaps over teammate Jason Ward in front of Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore during Monday's game.
Bill Kostroun, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Steve Begin scored a short-handed goal 1:14 after Jaromir Jagr tied it for New York in the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens got four third-period goals to beat the New York Rangers 4-1 Monday night and earn a split in the home-and-home series.

Saku Koivu gave Montreal a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 47 seconds into the third. Jagr answered nearly nine minutes later with his NHL-best 12th goal, scored while the Rangers were on a 5-on-3 power play.

Begin restored Montreal's lead with 9:06 left. Alex Kovalev made it 3-1 with 3:46 left, and Niklas Sundstrom added an empty-netter late in the game.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, PANTHERS 1: At Toronto, Alexei Ponikarovsky scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Toronto rebounded from its worst loss in nearly 14 years.

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. Fans booed after Florida's Gary Roberts needed just 26 seconds to score against his former team. Darcy Tucker tied it at 1 on the power play at 5:04 of the first.

Jamie McLennan, making his first start of the season, stopped 22 shots for the Panthers.