Price gets 3rd shoutout, Canadiens beat Hurricanes

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 28, 2014

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens can't stop a shot by Vincent Lecavalier #4 (not shown) of the Tampa Bay Lightning at 2:23 of the scenond period as Alex Tanguay #13 (L) and Steve Downie #9 (R) cruise in front at the St. Pete Times Forum on January 27, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Canadiens 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Carey Price stopped 36 shots for his third shutout of the season to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Brandon Prust, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty scored the goals to help Montreal end its season-high four-game losing streak. Anton Khudobin had 27 saves for Carolina, which snapped a four-game winning streak. Prust and Gallagher put the Canadiens on the scoreboard in the first period, and Pacioretty got his team-leading 22nd goal in the second. Montreal has now won six of its last seven against Carolina at the Bell Centre. After a big save by Price on Nathan Gerbe at one end of the rink, the Canadiens scored on a fast break going the other way. Rene Bourque, who had only one assist coming in, started the tic-tac-toe play when he found Josh Gorges in the clear to Khudobin's right. Gorges quickly passed the puck to Prust, who beat the Hurricanes' goalie under the blocker for his fifth of the season at 6:11 of the first. The Canadiens doubled their lead late in the period when Gallagher persistently poked home his own rebound, getting the better of the Hurricanes in a six-player melee in front of Khudobin's net. Pacioretty added an easy tap-in to make it 3-0 at 1:41 of the second. Price made 10 saves in the third to earn the shutout. The game was Carolina's second in two nights, and fifth in seven days. The Hurricanes beat the Blue Jackets 3-2 on Monday, scoring three third-period goals for the come-from-behind victory. NOTES: Before the game, the Canadiens assigned F Louis Leblanc to Hamilton of the AHL. Leblanc has yet to register a point in eight NHL games with the Canadiens this season. ... Carolina G Cam Ward has now missed 13 games with a lower-body injury. ... Former Montreal F Aaron Palushaj, who played 41 career games with the Canadiens from 2010-12, was in the starting lineup for Carolina. ... The Hurricanes and Canadiens meet again on Feb. 8 in Raleigh, N.C., for the third and final time this year.
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