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Slow starts have plagued the Montreal Canadiens recently, and put their playoff hopes in peril.
Ryan Garbutt scored his first NHL goal and Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves as the Dallas Stars blanked the Canadiens 3-0 on Tuesday night.
''We're looking for a lot of energy to start the game, and keep things real simple and throw a lot of pucks at the net,'' Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth said. ''We went for the longest time without a shot and you can't be playing that way at that time, to get things started.''
Mike Ribeiro, in his regular-season return to Montreal, and Tom Wandell also scored for the Stars (30-26-4).
The Stars took control in the first period, outshooting the Canadiens 15-6. The shots were 9-0 in favor of Dallas before Montreal recorded its first at 8:14.
''Dallas was better than us, plain and simple, all the way through,'' Canadiens center Lars Eller said. ''I can't stand here and make a deeper an...
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Before Sunday's NHL game in Montreal, the Canadiens paid tribute to former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter, who passed away Thursday at the age of 57. Carter was the first player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with the Montreal Expos logo on his cap.
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Ryan Garbutt scored his first NHL goal and Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves as the Dallas Stars beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Ryan Garbutt scored his first NHL goal and Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves as the Dallas Stars beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Tuesday night. Mike Ribeiro, in his regular-season return to Montreal, and Tom Wandell also scored for the Stars (30-26-4). Carey Price stopped 33 shots for the Canadiens (24-27-10), who have lost four of five after a four-game winning streak.
The Dallas Stars will try to win their first game in Montreal in nearly a decade, as they visit the Canadiens for tonight's interconference clash at the Bell Centre.
Dallas Stars (29-26-4, 62 points – 10th, Western Conference)
at Montreal Canadiens (24-26-10, 58 points – 13th, Eastern Confe...
Dallas Stars (30-26-4, 64 pts) @ Chicago Blackhawks (33-21-7, 73 pts)
7:30 PM CT, February 23, 2012
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Build build build. That's the name of the game for Dallas today. Sitting two points out of a playoff spot and a chance jump to eighth today, they need to build on what they accomplished in their 3-0 whipping of the Montreal Canadiens...