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Carey Price, Canadiens extend perfect starts

Goalie shuts out Red Wings for 10th win in row this season; Montreal breaks its home record

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Carey Price extended his two-season winning streak to 13 games with his second shutout of this one, and the Montreal Canadiens set their record with a 10th consecutive home win to begin the season, 5-0 against the Detroit Red Wings at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Price made 25 saves for his 38th NHL shutout. His winning streak is the longest by an NHL goalie since Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks won 14 consecutive games from Dec. 6, 2013 to Jan. 12, 2014.

Phillip Danault, Paul Byron, Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw and Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal (13-1-1), which broke a 63-year-old record for its best home start. The 1953-54 Canadiens started 9-0-0 at the Montreal Forum before losing to the Red Wings.


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It was Price's 10th win in as many starts this season, extending the Canadiens record he set in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, when he surpassed Charlie Hodge's 8-0-0 start of 1960-61.

Video: DET@MTL: Price stands tall amidst flurry of shots

He is the first NHL goalie to win his first 10 games of the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It's hard to describe his performances because we're constantly repeating ourselves," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

Montreal's 13 wins are the most in history through its first 15 games.

Video: DET@MTL: Danault turns loose puck into a goal

"It just shows how much work everyone's put into it, and not every win's been pretty, obviously, and we know we have a lot of work to do, we've got to continue doing that going forward," Byron said. "But to get those wins early, you know, get off to a good start like that, it's great for the team."

Jimmy Howard made 20 saves in two periods in his fourth straight start for the Red Wings (8-7-1), who had won consecutive games. Petr Mrazek made 12 saves in the third period.

"We put ourselves in bad situations," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We can't really get out of our own end when they were forechecking us, then it's hard to win games."

Video: DET@MTL: Shaw scores with nice redirect

Montreal tied the 1925-26 Ottawa Senators for the second-longest home winning streak at the start of an NHL season, according to Elias. The Chicago Blackhawks won 11 straight home games to begin the 1963-64 season.

Danault scored for a second straight game at 4:17 of the first period. Byron made it 2-0 when he scored for a third consecutive game on a breakaway at 7:59.

Weber scored his Canadiens-leading fifth power-play goal off a faceoff at 19:00, three seconds after Steve Ott's holding penalty gave the Canadiens a 5-on-3 advantage.

Shaw made it 4-0 with Montreal's second power-play goal at 15:13 of the second period. Pacioretty got credit for his third goal at 16:49 when the puck banked into the net off the skate of Red Wings forward Darren Helm.

Video: DET@MTL: Pacioretty nets goal after lucky bounce

Goal of the game

Weber tied Alex Galchenyuk for the Canadiens lead with his sixth goal. He has scored five of the Canadiens' 10 power-play goals.

Video: DET@MTL: Weber beats Howard with huge slap shot

Save of the game

Price slid to his left to make a glove save on Luke Glendening's deflection at 9:08 of the second period.

Video: DET@MTL: Price robs Glendening with great glove save

Highlight of the game

Byron stripped the puck from Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who couldn't handle a pass back to the blue line, then raced down the ice and shot a rolling puck past Howard.

Video: DET@MTL: Byron lights the lamp with slick moves

Unsung moment of the game

The Canadiens killed three Detroit power plays to hold on to a 3-0 lead in the second period.

They said it

"With all due respect to them, I'm looking at our team and it's hard for me to say what they ... they did a great job, they played a great game, but I didn't like our game. Was their forecheck hard? Yes. We've got to do a better job of creating forecheck pressure on them. When you spend the whole time on your heels, you don't have a chance to win." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


"It's a lesson learned for a lot of us. I mean, you don't just show up at the rink and get two points automatically. You know, every game's a new game, and we were at the top of the League, everyone's gunning for you. So everyone that was in this room definitely learned a lesson from that, and it's a marathon, not a sprint, so everyone's got to keep that in mind and we've got to keep getting better and keep progressing over 82 games." -- Canadiens forward Paul Byron about missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season despite a 19-4-3 start

Need to know

The Canadiens have outscored their opponents 37-12 at home. ... The most consecutive wins by a goalie is 17 by Gilles Gilbert of the Boston Bruins from Dec. 26, 1975 to Feb. 29, 1976, according to Elias. ... Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery had an NHL-record 12-0-0 start in 2012-13 but was 9-0-0 in his first 10 games. ... Byron was denied a potential second goal at 11:22 of the second period on a successful coach's challenge for goalie interference.

What's next

Red Wings: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN, WGN, RDS, NHL.TV)

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