It had been a while since Carey Price posted a shutout. Just when the Canadiens needed one most, their All-Star goalie delivered in Montreal yesterday.
Price made 35 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, Scott Gomez scored late in the second period, and the Canadiens extended the New York Rangers’ losing streak to four with a 2-0 victory.
Price’s ninth career shutout was his first in 27 starts since Nov. 20, when he made 30 saves in a 3-0 win over Toronto. He took the NHL lead with 26 wins as Montreal won its third in a row since the All-Star break.
“It felt like a long time, but wins are coming so these are secondary,’’ said Price, who has started a league-high 46 games. “It seemed like today it was almost necessary. Our guys played really well defensively. We knew it could be a 1-0, 2-0 game.’’
Ducks 3, Avalanche 0 — Corey Perry scored three goals and Curtis McElhinney stopped 25 shots for his second NHL shutout, leading Anaheim over struggling Colorado in Denver.
Perry completed his second hat trick of the season by scoring an empty-net goal with 17.3 seconds remaining.
Flyers 3, Stars 1 — Andrej Meszaros and Darroll Powe each scored on long-distance wrist shots and Brian Boucher stopped 29 shots to lead host Philadelphia past Dallas.
Jeff Carter added his 25th goal for the Flyers, who increased their Atlantic Division lead over Pittsburgh to 3 points.
Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 3 — R.J. Umberger scored twice and assisted on both of Kristian Huselius’s goals, including the winning tally with four minutes left, to lead Columbus past visiting Edmonton.
With the Blue Jackets trailing, 3-2 and 6:16 left, Umberger tied it with a nifty move and a snap shot. He then fed Huselius on a 2-on-1 break, with Huselius tucking a wrist shot inside the near post.
Hurricanes 4, Thrashers 3 — Erik Cole scored at 2:48 of overtime to give host Carolina the victory over Atlanta.
The win allowed the Hurricanes to tie Atlanta for eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 58 points.
Sabres 6, Maple Leafs 2 — Drew Stafford scored twice and added an assist, Thomas Vanek had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Miller finished with 23 saves to lift host Buffalo over Toronto.
Kings 4, Flames 3 — Justin Williams had a goal and two assists and also scored the winning goal in the seventh round of the shootout as visiting Los Angeles snapped Calgary’s six-game winning streak.
Predators 3, Red Wings 0 — Pekka Rinne stopped 35 shots, Sergei Kostitsyn scored twice, and captain Shea Weber added a goal as host Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak.
Islanders 5, Senators 3 — Rob Schremp’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and lifted New York to victory in Uniondale, N.Y.
Coyotes 1, Wild 0 — Taylor Pyatt ended Phoenix’s long scoring drought early in the third period and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for his fourth shutout this season, helping Phoenix beat Minnesota to end a five-game home losing streak.