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Price, Domi lift Canadiens to win against Senators

Goalie makes 30 saves for shutout, forward scores twice to boost Montreal in Eastern race

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

Price's 48th NHL shutout

MTL@OTT: Price makes 30 stops in Canadiens' 3-0 win

Carey Price stopped all 30 shots he faced, as he records his 48th career NHL shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win against the Senators

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OTTAWA -- Carey Price made 30 saves when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-0 at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

"The guys played really good in front of me," Price said. "I thought we did a great job of pressuring the puck up ice, and we really didn't give them much. I was able to make a couple saves, so I think everybody was on point tonight."

Max Domi scored two goals, and Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens (29-27-8), who won their second game in a row. The Canadiens are six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division and eight points behind the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.


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"I don't think I have anybody tonight that I can tell you I'm disappointed in," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "I think we all played hard, we moved the puck quickly. … We skated well, we put a lot of pressure on them, and our backcheck was good tonight."

Video: MTL@OTT: Domi eludes poke check and tucks puck home

Craig Anderson made 34 saves for the Senators (21-30-11), who have scored one goal in their past two games; they lost 5-1 to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

"Take nothing away from [the Canadiens]," Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said. "They forecheck and they work really hard. It's one of the most competitive teams that we've played in a while. They really come at you and then, obviously, they have good goaltending to back it up."

The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead at 1:13 of the first period on their first shot. Domi deked Anderson, who dived to try to poke-check the puck, and scored into an open net.

"I think we're a team that really relies on a good start and using our speed," Domi said. "That's a good hockey team over there. They work hard every shift, and I think we brought it for a full 60 minutes."

Anderson later misplayed the puck to Domi, who scored on the power play to make it 2-0 at 10:20.

"It was just the way the game flow went," Anderson said. "They came out flying. Their forecheck was pretty strong, and we weren't as good with the puck as we normally are back there. They took advantage of it and jumped out to the lead."

Byron scored from the slot to make it 3-0 at 17:58 of the second period when he intercepted the puck after Senators forward Nick Paul turned it over in the corner.

"Byron is probably the most underrated player in the entire NHL," Domi said. "He's unbelievable. I absolutely love playing with a guy like that. He's got so much speed, he works so hard, he's an absolute warrior. He's the kind of guy you win with."

Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot left the game midway through the first period with a lower-body injury after taking a hit into the end boards from Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher.

"We think [Chabot] is all right," Smith said. "It's nothing major, anyways. He certainly couldn't have played, but we're hoping he's back fairly quickly."

Ottawa forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Tyler Ennis were scratched for precautionary reasons. The NHL Trade Deadline is Monday.

Video: MTL@OTT: Domi one-times loose puck for second goal


They said it

"I love Karl. He's been sticking it out with a positive attitude and he came in here and played very well tonight." -- Canadiens goalie Carey Price on defenseman Karl Alzner, who was recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League and played 16:04 in his first NHL game since Jan. 10, 2019

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"It stinks. Early in the game there we lose our best puck-moving defenseman, who goes back there and skates the puck up for us. So it's unfortunate, but we'll have to wait and see what the situation is with him. It's a guy that plays a lot of minutes for us and we definitely missed him." -- Senators goalie Craig Anderson on losing Thomas Chabot to injury


Need to know

Canadiens defenseman Brett Kulak had a game-high six shots. … Senators defenseman Nikita Zaitsev played a game-high 32:32. … Ottawa forward Josh Norris played 15:16 in his NHL debut, finishing with four shots and two blocks. A first-round pick (No. 19) of the San Jose Sharks in the 2017 NHL Draft, Norris was acquired by the Senators in the trade that sent defenseman Erik Karlsson to San Jose on Sept. 13, 2018.


What's next

Canadiens: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, SNP, NHL.TV)

Senators: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-O, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

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