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Price passes Roy with shutout for Canadiens against Bruins

Makes 33 saves for 290th win, 24 behind Plante for most in Montreal history

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Carey Price made 33 saves to pass Patrick Roy for second in wins in Montreal Canadiens history with a 3-0 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

Price has 290 wins, 24 behind Jacques Plante for most in Montreal history. The shutout was Price's first of the season and the 41st of his NHL career.

"I had my cake and I ate it too. So it's a good day," Price said about the triple success of passing Roy, getting a shutout and defeating the rival Bruins.

 

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Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi scored 1:21 apart in the first period for the Canadiens (6-2-2), who are 2-1-1 in their past four games.

"I think we had to bounce back from what we felt was a tough loss [4-3 at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday], one that got away from us," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "It was important to come in here and try and gain two points. First period, the first five, six minutes, we were on our heels, and then we got playing a little bit and got a lead.

"… We did what we had to do in the third period to protect the lead and try to win this game."

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Tuukka Rask made 20 saves for the Bruins (6-3-2), who lost at home for the first time this season (4-1-0) and are 2-1-2 in their past five games.

"I talked about [not] winning battles, I thought we were forcing plays also," Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said. "From top to bottom, when the ice is behind them, you've got to put it deep and go get it and win those battles, put the puck on net. There's a lot of things we didn't do."

Gallagher gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 9:18 with a wrist shot past Rask on the short side. He spun away from Bruins forward Noel Acciari near the right wall after winning a battle for a puck that had been sent around the boards by Matthew Peca.

Domi made it 2-0 at 10:39. After Artturi Lehkonen skated toward the net and passed back to Jonathan Drouin, the puck deflected to Domi, who picked up the loose puck and scored from his knees in the slot.

Video: MTL@BOS: Gallagher whips wrister past Rask

Price took over from there. He made a difficult glove save on a David Pastrnak one-timer from the left face-off circle during a Boston power play at 16:02 of the first period.

Early in the second, Price made the save on a Brandon Carlo slap shot from the right point (3:25) and a Danton Heinen wrist shot from the high slot (4:22).

"No traffic in front of [Price]," Bergeron said. "He's obviously a great goalie, but I don't think his job was very hard tonight."

The Bruins thought they scored when Ryan Donato beat Price with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle at 7:45 of the second period, but the goal was overturned by video review after Canadiens coach Claude Julien challenged that Anders Bjork was offside.

Video: MTL@BOS: Domi lifts shot over Rask from his knees

Jordie Benn scored into an empty net with 29 seconds left for the 3-0 final score.

"I don't think we gave up too much," Gallagher said about Montreal's defensive effort. "There was a portion of the game where we got a little sloppy in the neutral zone, kind of like us being on our heels a little bit. We kind of corrected that and got back to playing the way we were playing when teams have to come through us, and we don't give them many chances, it's tough to score on us."

 

They said it

"It's pretty cool. It's obviously special to me and my family. I've played with a lot of great players on a lot of good teams. I've had a lot of people help me along the way, and I'm very appreciative of that." -- Canadiens goalie Carey Price on moving past Patrick Roy into second place in wins in Montreal history

Video: MTL@BOS: Price blanks Bruins to make club history

 

"Just compete hard. I know we compete hard, and he's battling on every single detail. So am I, so it makes some good battles on the ice, and it happens that I won tonight." -- Canadiens forward Phillip Danault on going 8-for-14 on face-offs against Bruins center Patrice Bergeron

 

"They defended well. They checked fast in their own end. And we just didn't have it, I thought we just didn't execute well enough. I mean two goals shouldn't beat you at home, we have the ability to score but that's a credit to their goaltender and, like I said, the way they check." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

 

Need to know

Domi has five goals and three assists in a six-game point streak. ... Benn's goal was his first in 59 games. ... The Canadiens shut out the Bruins for the first time since a 2-0 win at Boston on Nov. 22, 2014, with Price in net.

 

What's next

Canadiens: Host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Bruins: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, NESN, NHL.TV)

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