Carey Price needs only 17 saves as Canadiens shut out Rangers 3-0
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:01PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:10PM EST
MONTREAL--Carey Price made 17 saves as the Montreal Canadiens shut out the New York Rangers 3-0 on Saturday night.
The line of Erik Cole, Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller each scored a goal and an assist for Montreal (12-4-2), which bounced back after Thursday's loss to the Islanders and have now won six of its past seven games.
Price's shutout was his second this season. He's allowed just one goal in two starts against the Rangers this week.
Martin Biron, in his third start of the season, stopped 15 shots for New York (8-7-2), which dropped its third straight and has just one win in its last five games.
After a scoreless first period in which the two teams combined for nine shots total, action picked up in the second.
Cole hit the scoresheet for the first time in 10 games when he picked up his third of the season at 1:20 of the second. A point shot from Montreal defenceman Raphael Diaz went through Eller's skates and found Cole, who wristed it from the left circle inside the far post.
The Canadiens doubled the lead at 13:36 when Galchenyuk drove to the Rangers net and took a shot that deflected upwards off New York defenceman Dan Girardi and landed in the net.
Quick puck movement on a late power play helped set up the Canadiens' third goal. Defenceman P.K. Subban dished from the point to Galchenyuk behind the goal line and the rookie passed it to Eller, who scored at 19:34 from in the right circle.
Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh left the game and did not return after being boarded by Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty in the second period.
Montreal Canadiens' Brandon Prust, right, takes a shot at New York Rangers goaltender Martin Biron during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, February 23, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Graham Hughes
Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban (76) collides with New York Rangers' Brandon Mashinter during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, February 23, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Graham Hughes.