Posted April 01, 2013 on AP on Fox
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 slap shot from the right point. P.K. Subban added an assist on the play, tying him with Pittsburgh's Kris Letang and Minnesota's Ryan Suter for the league lead in points by a defenseman. The Canadiens went ahead early in the second when rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu found Halpern in the slot for the veteran's first of the season. The assist was the first point for Beaulieu, who made his NHL debut on Saturday. Jiri Tlusty nearly tied things up in the opening minute of the third, only to hit the post. Pacioretty provided the Canadiens with some insurance at 10:58 of the third when he slipped the puck through an opening to Peters' left side. Pacioretty also added a goal into an empty net. Canadiens winger Colby Armstrong had to be helped off the ice early in the third after a hard collision with Dwyer that left him favoring what appeared to be his right leg. He did not return. Notes: The Canadiens scratched forward Mike Blunden and defensemen Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber. ... The Hurricanes scratched forward Adam Hall and Tuomo Ruutu (injured).

Canadiens play April Fools' prank on rookie

via The Montreal Canadiens held an open Easter Sunday practice for fans and drew a surprising 17,000 fans.  The Canadiens started the show pulling a prank on rookie Nathan Beaulieu, who made his NHL debut Saturday night. Beaulieu was the first one to take the ice and the rest of the Canadiens stopped at the bench and left him to skate a lap around the ice by himself. You...

Canadiens play April fool’s joke on rookie Nathan Beaulieu a day early

The Montreal Canadians treated 17,000 fans to an open pratice on Easter Sunday, and decided to pull a little prank on rookie Nathan Beaulieu. I guess you can call it an April fool’s joke, but technically it happend the day before. As the team was ready to take the ice, everyone stopped at the entrance and laughed as Beaulieu skated out all alone. The rookie must have been so excited...

Montreal Canadiens play prank on rookie Nathan Beaulieu (Video)

Since today is April's Fool Day, it wouldn't be right to not post at least one prank video in honor of this classic holiday. Over the weekend, the Montreal Canadiens held an open practice for their fans and decided to play a prank on rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu. Nathan was in the front of the line leading the players out and the rest of the veterans decided to...

Canadiens sweep season series vs. 'Canes

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What Do 17,000 Montreal Fans Do On Easter Sunday?

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Here’s Montreal Canadiens rookie Nathan Beaulieu skating a solemn lap by himself while his team stands back and chuckles at him, helpfully reminding us that you shouldn’t believe anything you read, see, or someone tells you from yesterday morning until like, tomorrow evening. April Fools Day is the worst, and no matter how cool an idea sounds today, let somebody ELSE lead the...

Game 34 by the Numbers: Hurricanes at Canadiens

This might sound terrible since the Hurricanes are battling for a playoff spot right now, but their game against the Canadiens last night was one I did not expect them to win. Montreal has been one of the best teams in the NHL this season and has been very tough to beat at home on top of that while the Hurricanes recently ended a seven game losing skid. The Hurricanes showed some...

Bill Meltzer: Flyers Gameday: 4/3/13 vs. Canadiens PLUS Trade Deadline, Bernie Parent

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Jan Levine: Game 34: MON 3 NYR 0, Have they Hit Rock Bottom?

Rock Bottom, The nightmarish season that is the 2012-13 New York Rangers took a further tumble last night in the team's 3-0 loss to the Canadiens. For those of you keeping track, that makes back-to-back shutouts against in their past two games in general and four straight shutouts by Carey Price against New York when playing them in Montreal. In case the numbers in general...
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