Price earns fourth shutout as Canadiens down Maple Leafs 2-0
Published Saturday, November 20, 2010 9:58PM EST
Jeff Halpern scored shorthanded and Carey Price made 30 saves as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 on Saturday night.
Price posted his fourth shutout of the season and his third in his last six starts.
Michael Cammalleri also scored for Montreal (13-6-1), which was coming off a 3-0 loss to Nashville but had shut out Philadelphia 3-0 in the game before that. The Canadiens have won five of their last six games.
Jonas Gustavsson made 36 saves for the Leafs (7-9-3), who ended a two-game winning run. Toronto was shut out for the fourth time this season. Several saves were spectacular as the Canadiens enjoyed numerous odd-man rushes.
The Canadiens avenged a 3-2 loss in Toronto in the opening game of the season for both clubs on Oct. 7.
Tribute to Pat Burns
The night began with a scoreboard tribute and moment of silence for Pat Burns, a former coach of both clubs, which for a brief moment had the competing groups of Montreal and Toronto fans in the Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 cheering in unison.
The Canadiens had not scored since 6:24 of the third period of a 3-0 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night before Halpern broke the drought at 9:17 of the second frame with his fifth of the season.
The veteran centre won a faceoff in the Leafs zone from Mikail Grabovski and then deflected Jaroslav Spacek's point shot in on their 26th shot on Gustavsson.
Former Canadien Mike Komisarek, who was booed each time he touched the puck by Montreal fans, was the goat as he fired a backhand pass across the front of his own net while killing a penalty and Cammalleri slammed it in from close range. The goal came on Montreal's only power play.
Notes: It was Brian Burke's 1,000th career game as a general manager in Hartford, Vancouver, Anaheim and Toronto. . . Defenceman Yannick Weber, called up from Hamilton this week, played on left wing in place of Mathieu Darche for Montreal. Dustin Boyd was scratched. . . Brett Lebda and Luca Caputi were out of the Leafs lineup. James Reimer backed up Gustavsson in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere (groin).