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Price makes 17 saves, Canadiens shut out Wild

Mete, Suzuki each gets first NHL goal; Minnesota matches its worst seven-game start

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Price's back-to-back saves

MIN@MTL: Price gets across to complete pair of saves

Carey Price denies a point shot from Jared Spurgeon, then slides across for a save on Luke Kunin's rebound chance from the circle

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MONTREAL -- Carey Price made 17 saves for his first shutout of the season, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0 at Bell Centre on Thursday.

It was Price's 45th NHL shutout, one behind Ken Dryden for third among Montreal goalies.

Victor Mete and Nick Suzuki each scored his first NHL goal, and Joel Armia had a power-play goal in the first period for Montreal (3-2-2), which scored three times in 4:46.

 

[WATCH: All Wild vs. Canadiens highlights]

 

Brendan Gallagher made it 4-0 at 12:40 of the third for the Canadiens, who won two of the final three games of their four-game homestand (2-2-0).

"That was important," Price said. "We knew that we can't let off the throttle in this league because you see the scores around the League, it doesn't take much to throw three in, so I thought we did a good job of staying on the gas pedal."

Alex Stalock made 29 saves for the Wild (1-6-0), who matched their worst start through the first seven games of a season. They were also 1-6-0 in 2009-10.

"Our execution right now is nowhere near where it needs to be," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Video: MIN@MTL: Mete buries one-timer for first career goal

Mete was swarmed by his teammates after he made it 1-0 at 14:37 when he scored from the slot. 

"Obviously everybody's wanted me to score for quite a while," Mete said. "And also to see everyone kind of get as excited as they did, that's pretty special. It means a lot."

It was his first goal in 127 games, the most by a Canadiens player for their first NHL goal.

"He certainly was due," Price said. "He's had a few opportunities and we're all very happy for him."

Montreal went up 2-0 when Armia scored his fourth goal at 17:32. 

Suzuki scored in his seventh NHL game to make it 3-0 at 19:23, five seconds after the Canadiens' third power play of the period ended.

"You're digging yourself a grave when you're not scoring very much," Boudreau said.

Mete and Suzuki are the 12th pair of Canadiens to each score their first NHL goal in the same game. The feat was last accomplished by Chris Higgins and Alexander Perezhogin in a 4-3 overtime win at the New York Rangers on Oct. 6, 2005. 

"I think everyone in here is ecstatic for [Mete]," Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber said. "I mean, [Nick Suzuki] too, he's obviously excited to score his first goal, a nice one on the back door there. They're a couple of guys that are hopefully going to get a lot more for us here and help us down the season stretch."

Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek blocked three straight shots by Weber while killing a penalty in the second period.

"He's a brave fellow, I'll give him that," Price said.

Eriksson Ek went to the dressing room briefly before returning for one more shift. He did not play in the third period, and had a walking boot on after the game.

"My job is to get the puck to the net so if they're going to block it, I'm sure they're going to feel it," Weber said. "I know a lot of guys have blocked shots and they know what it feels like, and I can't imagine those felt any good."

Video: MIN@MTL: Suzuki nets backhand for first NHL goal

 

They said it

"They're all getting mad at themselves on the bench. They want to do well. This is a group that wants to win for the team, and for the city, and for everything, but things aren't going well. And so they're complicated by, some are trying too hard, doing things that, maybe instead of simplifying things, they're just trying to do too much, like trying to deke out four guys instead of getting it and moving it, and simple plays." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"We all knew that we could play better defensively, and I thought tonight we were reloading and getting in the shot lanes and doing all the right things." -- Canadiens goalie Carey Price

Video: Clutch Performance: Price shuts out the Wild

"We keep saying it's 60 minutes and this and that, but to me it's every single day. I don't care if it's practice, if you keep doing the things the right way it will pay off, and obviously we're not doing that right now." -- Wild forward Mikko Koivu

 

Need to know

Minnesota has allowed two goals in less than two minutes in each of its six losses. … Max Domi had an assist to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, three assists). … With his 324th win, Price tied Sean Burke for 27th place on the all-time list. … Forward Nick Cousins had an assist in his Canadiens debut. He missed the first six games with a back injury. 

 

What's next

Wild: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: At the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; FS-MW, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

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