Carey Price made 35 saves, including 19 in the third period, as the Montreal Canadiens extended their current winning streak to three games with a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday. After two relatively quiet periods, Price had to be at his best in the final frame when the Rangers outshot the Canadiens 19-6. It was a league-leading 26th win for Price, who registered his fifth shutout of the season. The win solidified the Canadiens' hold on sixth place in the Eastern Conference as they moved three points ahead of the Rangers. They're also in a position to look ahead because they are one point behind fifth-place Washington and are only two back of Boston in the battle for first in the Northeast Division. Scott Gomez gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead when he beat Martin Biron at 18:34 of the second period. Alexandre Picard, who filled in for the ailing James Wisniewski, took a slapshot that hit the end boards to the right of Biron and came out to a wide-open Gomez on the other side of the net. Tomas Plekanec iced the game with an empty-netter at 19:22, his 18th goal of the season. The story of the second period was the Canadiens' penalty-killing unit. The Canadiens found themselves shorthanded four times, but they outshot the Rangers 3-1 while playing with the disadvantage. The Canadiens missed a chance midway through the period when Andrei Kostitsyn came out of the penalty box and joined a rush with Max Pacioretty. Kostitsyn put a pass on Pacioretty's stick as he crashed the net, but Pacioretty had a defender on his back and fired wide.
Carey Price unbeatable as Habs blank Rangers
Montreal Gazette | Feb 6