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Price shutout helps Canadiens defeat Hurricanes

Sean Farrell  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 03.20.2015 / 12:07 AM

MONTREAL -- Carey Price made 31 saves for his eighth shutout, and Dale Weise and Max Pacioretty each had a goal and an assist to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnais also scored for the Canadiens (45-20-7) and Tomas Plekanec had two assists. Montreal moved into a tie atop the NHL standings with the Anaheim Ducks. Each team has 97 points.

"We've had a lot of fun so far this season," Price said. "I've been really fortunate to be playing behind a really good team all season long that have been really committed to playing on the defensive side of the puck, and hopefully we can keep that pace moving forward."

Price, who has 33 career shutouts, tied his single-season high for shutouts, and set a new single-season high for wins with his 39th in 58 games.

"He's just on another level," said Weise, who scored the game-winning goal at 5:51 of the first period. "The biggest thing I look at him is his how consistent he is. It's the same every night. He makes big save after big save and game-changing save every single night for us; there's just no goalie in the League that does it like that. He's the backbone of our team and we're going to go as far as he's going to carry us."

In 2010-11, Price had eight shutouts and 38 wins in 72 games, including 70 starts.

Price leads the NHL in wins, goals-against-average (1.89) and save percentage (.937). He is tied for second in shutouts with Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, one behind League leader, Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We're up 4-0 and we've got guys like (forward Brandon Prust) and (defenseman Tom Gilbert) that are willing to lay it out there and block shots," Price said. "There's no real need to do that other than to try and get a shutout, and I'm really grateful to have teammates that are that special."

Anton Khudobin made 18 saves in his third straight start for Carolina (26-35-9).

Montreal went 3-0-0 against the Hurricanes this season, outscoring them 11-2.

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 16-5 in the third period.

"Well, you know it was 3-0 at the time, and you see that a lot in this League where it's over, basically, and then one team's just keeping the clock going and the other team is trying to make a push," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "But I didn't think we had enough quality chances throughout [the game]. I haven't looked at the third yet, but in the first period I didn't think we were dangerous, second we started to have the puck a little more, make some plays, but all in all we needed to be better than that."

It was Montreal coach Michel Therrien's 197th win in two stints with the Canadiens, which moved him ahead of Cecil Hart into fourth place in team history.

Weise scored his 10th goal to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead when he put a rebound of Manny Malhotra's shot past Khudobin.

Montreal went ahead 2-0 on Gallagher's career-high 20th goal at 8:42. Khudobin stopped two shots by Plekanec before Gallagher scored on a backhand.

"You look around the NHL right now, it's pretty tough to come by goals and that's the way they're happening," Gallagher said. "Traffic and rebounds around the net, and you've got to be willing to battle. And I think that's what we talked about before the game; we executed that pretty well and we were able to put a few in."

Weise got his second point with an assist when Montreal increased its lead to 3-0 at 18:48 of the second period. Gilbert got the primary assist when he set up Desharnais, who drove straight to the net from the bench to score his 12th goal.

Pacioretty scored his team-leading 35th goal at 14:46 of the third. He passed the puck out front from behind the goal line and the puck banked into the net off Khudobin.

"We didn't get physically engaged in the game for the most part at all, and that part of that was in the [defensive] zone," Peters said. "We weren't physical at all and there were a lot of seconds and thirds (chances), no box-out, so we can play better than that; disappointing."

Pacioretty, who scored a career-high 39 goals last season, is the first Canadiens player to have two 35-goal seasons since Vincent Damphousse accomplished the feat three times from 1991-92 to 1995-96.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:51MTL Dale Weise (10) ASST: Manny Malhotra (3), Brandon Prust (13) 1 - 0 MTL
08:42MTL Brendan Gallagher (20) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (28), Max Pacioretty (27) 2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
18:48MTL David Desharnais (12) ASST: Tom Gilbert (8), Dale Weise (18) 3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
14:46MTL Max Pacioretty (35) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (29) 4 - 0 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Dale Weise
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:22
Tom Gilbert
2nd
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:01
Carey Price
3rd
SA: 31TOI: 59:57
GA: 0EV: 24-24
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 3-3
Penalty Summary
1st Period
15:35MTL Max Pacioretty  Interference against  Chris Terry
15:35CAR Chris Terry  Embellishment against  Max Pacioretty
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:54CAR Andrej Nestrasil  Slashing against  Tomas Plekanec
17:39MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Slashing against  Danny Biega
shots by period
PeriodCARMTL
1st410
2nd117
3rd165
Total3122
Team Stats
CategoryCARMTL
Power Plays0/10/1
Hits2615
Faceoff Wins2829
Giveaways912
Takeaways43
Blocked Shots2019
Penalty Minutes44
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  • MONTREAL
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7R. MurphyD00-20017:32
11J. StaalC0000016:32
12E. StaalC00-12015:12
14N. GerbeL0003016:57
15A. NestrasilC00-12214:49
16E. LindholmC00-20014:47
18J. McClementC00-21013:15
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27J. FaulkD00-14022:26
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39P. DwyerR00-11012:54
41D. BiegaD00-20014:26
47M. JordanD00-11018:15
49V. RaskC00-14015:29
53J. SkinnerL00-22014:21
65R. HainseyD00-11024:14
73B. BellemoreD00-11021:57
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31A. Khudobin1822.81860:00
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14T. PlekanecC0233017:23
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21D. Smith-PellyR0001012:58
22D. WeiseR1121012:22
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28N. BeaulieuD0001018:49
51D. DesharnaisC1012013:57
64G. PaterynD0022016:19
67M. PaciorettyL1113216:51
74A. EmelinD0020022:46
76P. SubbanD0010021:52
77T. GilbertD0110021:01
79A. MarkovD0021019:13
81L. EllerC0001015:01
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. Price31311.00059:57