NHL Last Night: Lang's Hat Trick Leads Canadiens to W

NEW YORK — Andrei Markov and Robert Lang scored power-play goals 2:08 apart to break open a tight game in the third period and lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Lang made it 5-3 with 4:31 remaining during 4-on-4 play and finished his second NHL hat trick with an empty-netter. Montreal, on a 7-1-1 spurt, jumped one point ahead of the Rangers into fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Kovalev and Guillaume Latendresse gave the Canadiens one-goal leads in the first period. Chris Drury tied it for New York in the first, and Ryan Callahan in the second.

Markov then gave the Canadiens the lead for good 2 1/2 minutes into the third. Michal Rozsival pulled the Rangers to 4-3 about four minutes later.

Jaroslav Halak finished with 36 saves for the Canadiens.

Canucks 4, Oilers 2

At Edmonton, Alberta, Steve Bernier scored twice in 12 seconds and added one assist to lead Vancouver over Edmonton in Mats Sundin's debut with the Canucks.

Alex Burrows and Pavol Demitra also scored for Vancouver, and Jason LaBarbera stopped 23 shots.

Sundin, playing in his first NHL game in nine months, was on the ice for about 14 minutes. The 37-year-old former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs skated primarily between wingers Kyle Wellwood and Mason Raymond and was booed every time he touched the puck.

Robert Nilsson and Erik Cole scored for Edmonton. 

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