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Price: 'It's a pretty cool accomplishment'

With a victory on Tuesday night, Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for top spot on the Canadiens' all-time wins list among goaltenders

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

LOS ANGELES - Hall-of-Famer Jacques Plante has some company atop the Canadiens' all-time wins list. His name is Carey Price.

The seven-time All-Star was outstanding between the pipes again on Tuesday night, turning aside 26 of 27 shots against in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center.

That earned the 12-year veteran the 314th win of his remarkable NHL career, tying him with Plante for first place in franchise history.

"It's a pretty cool accomplishment," said Price, after frustrating Willie Desjardins' squad on their own home turf. "I'm very proud of how long it's been throughout my career, all the things that led up to this point."

Video: MTL@LAK: Price picks up 314th win to tie Plante

His teammates were delighted for him, of course, after watching him stymie Kings shooters time and again in the first of three straight games on California soil.

Assistant captain Brendan Gallagher has always been a big fan of his fellow British Columbia native.

"Any time you're talking about records, being tied or eventually being broken with the Montreal Canadiens, it's pretty special. It doesn't happen every day," said Gallagher, who scored his 30th goal of the season on Tuesday night, reaching the plateau for the second straight year. "We're pretty lucky to get the chance to be around him. He's the best. I feel pretty fortunate to have had him as my goalie for the last seven years. He makes you look better than you are, so you're really happy for him."

Video: MTL@LAK: Gallagher records 30th goal on deflection

Like Gallagher, head coach Claude Julien was equally pleased to see his starter reach another milestone.

"That's quite an accomplishment. He deserves it. He's been through some good years and he's been through some tougher years. For the most part, he's always stood tall and done a great job, so you don't reach those records without being good and finding ways to have success," praised Julien. "Deservingly tonight was a good game for him and a good game for our team, so I'm sure it feels good to have that accomplishment."

Video: MTL@LAK: Price extends to deny Kings in front

And the good news for Canadiens fans the world over is that Price doesn't plan on hanging up his skates in the near future. 

"I'm obviously very proud of the accomplishment so far, but I don't feel like I'm anywhere near the end of it," insisted Price. "I would like to continue to have success in this League and continue to push the envelope."

Video: Carey Price on tying Jacques Plante's wins record

Weal delivers in his debut

After scoring the game-winning goal during the second period, newcomer Jordan Weal has every reason to take pride in his performance on Tuesday night.

"It felt good, but it was just an accumulation of a lot of hard work from our line all night, and frankly the whole team," said Weal, who centered a line with Jonathan Drouin and Joel Armia in his Habs debut. "I think we played a full 60-minute game tonight, going every period, and I think my goal was just a plus on top of that, just the way we were moving, the way we were getting on them quick, turning pucks over and finding a way to put the puck into the back of the net."

Video: Jordan Weal on his Habs debut

Gallagher wasn't at all surprised to see Weal have an impact early on in his tenure with the CH.

"He worked really hard tonight. He had a few chances before one went in, and it was a big goal for us. He stepped up," mentioned Gallagher. "It's probably not easy, it's been a while since he played a hockey game, but he came in and I thought he played a really good game. He was strong all over the ice. He's definitely a good player."

In addition to his tally, Weal also chipped in with four shots on goal and won six of his nine faceoffs while logging 14:23 of ice time.

Video: MTL@LAK: Weal scores in first game with Canadiens

Looking ahead to San Jose

The Canadiens will have an opportunity to snap an 11-game winless streak in San Jose when they battle the Sharks at the SAP Center on Thursday night.

The Habs haven't secured a victory in Northern California since November 23, 1999.

But, they're off to a good start in the Golden State, so they have every reason to feel good about themselves heading into another important matchup.

"I thought we played very well from the drop of the puck," said Price, of the Canadiens' performance in Los Angeles. "We haven't had a ton of success here [in California], but I thought we were able to put that behind us and put together a solid effort tonight."

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