Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
Max Pacioretty scored twice and Andrei Markov and Jeff Halpern also scored for Montreal, which swept the season series against Carolina and remains undefeated in 10 games against the Southeast Division this season.
Jordan Staal scored and Justin Peters stopped 25 shots for Carolina, which has just one win in its past nine games.
The win gives Montreal a three-point lead over the idle Boston Bruins in the race for the Northeast Division title.
After the Canadiens were unable to convert on a couple of quality chances in the opening minutes of the first period, the Hurricanes took advantage on a delayed penalty call against Montreal.
Patrick Dwyer broke in, impeded by defenseman Alexei Emelin. Price made the save but the rebound came out to Staal, who scored his 11th of the season at 3:38.
Markov evened up the score on the power play at 15:03 with a ...