MTL
46-28-8
VAN
36-35-11

38 SOG
40 SOG

Price leads Canadiens past Canucks

NHL.com | Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 1:09 AM

VANCOUVER (NHL.com) - Carey Price made himself at right home in Vancouver.

With chants of "Carey, Carey" erupting after several of his biggest saves, the British Columbia native made 39 saves and the Montreal Canadiens took advantage of a fluke shorthanded goal credited to Lars Eller to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Saturday night at Rogers Arena.

Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored power-play goals, but Eller got credit for the game-winner after the Canucks put the puck in their own net. Eller was the last player to touch the puck on a dump-in while killing a penalty, but there wasn't a Montreal player below the hash marks when Dan Hamhuislost the puck off the skate of Jason Garrison near the goal line to the left of Roberto Luongo.

The goalie had his back to play as the puck bounced off both his skates and trickled over the goal line with Hamhuis, filling in for suspended defenseman Alexander Edler on the power play, fishing for it.

Defenseman Josh Gorges, who like Price was playing in his home province, rounded out the scoring on a point shot through traffic with 7:35 left as Montreal won its second straight on a four-game Western Canadian road trip that ends Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Henrik Sedin scored and Luongo made 34 saves for the Canucks, who never seemed to recover from the own goal. Vancouver didn't even manage a shot the first half of the third period, dropping the final two games of a three-game homestand as they prepare to hit the road for the next seven games.

Playing without captain Brian Gionta, who was attending to a family issue back in Montreal, the Canadiens got a great early effort from Price, who is battling Luongo for a spot in Canada's Olympic crease.

Pacioretty opened the scoring on a power play 5:43 into the game, firing a shot from the left circle that bounced off bodies in front and trickled through the legs of Luongo and just over the goal line. That ended Vancouver's perfect penalty-kill streak to start the season at 18.

The Canucks had several great chances to tie it while outshooting the Canadiens 14-9 in the opening period, but Price made a couple of outstanding rebound saves to keep Montreal ahead. He slid right to left and extended his glove over his pad to take an empty net away from Garrison on a power play midway through the period, and scrambled to his right to get a piece of a similar Daniel Sedin chance with five minutes left in the first, prompting chants of "Carey, Carey" from a crowd littered with red, white and blue Canadiens jerseys.

Luongo responded with a couple of excellent stops off David Desharnais five minutes into the second, but Price answered that with five stops on a Vancouver power play before the Canucks finally tied it with 6:48 left in the period. Price again tracked Daniel Sedin perfectly to his left on a rebound after Garrison kept the puck in at the line, but this time Daniel spun back with a blind backhand pass to brother Henrik cutting into the slot for a tap-in with Price out of the play.

After the bad break, Luongo bounced back by stopping Pacioretty on a penalty shot after he was hauled down in alone 1:30 into the third period, getting the shaft of his stick on a rising wrist shot. But he had no chance when Plekanec converted the Canadiens' second power play with a struggling Hamhuis off for interference five minutes later.

After barely holding the puck in at the blue line, P.K. Subban made a pass that hit a Canucks skate and bounced right to a pinching Andrei Markov on Luongo's right. Markov sent it cross crease for a tap-in.

1st2nd3rdT
MTL
VAN
Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:43MTL PPG - Max Pacioretty (2) ASST: Francis Bouillon (1), Raphael Diaz (2) 1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
13:12VAN Henrik Sedin (1) ASST: Daniel Sedin (5), Jason Garrison (4) 1 - 1 Tie
16:12MTL SHG - Lars Eller (5) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
06:46MTL PPG - Tomas Plekanec (1) ASST: Andrei Markov (2), P.K. Subban (6) 3 - 1 MTL
12:25MTL Josh Gorges (1) ASST: Raphael Diaz (3), Travis Moen (2) 4 - 1 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Carey Price
1st
Carey Price
G
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 11-11
SV%: .975SH: 0-0
Jason Garrison
2nd
Jason Garrison
G: 0Shots: 10
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 26:05
Max Pacioretty
3rd
Max Pacioretty
LW
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 18:54
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:25VAN Christopher Tanev  Hooking against  Max Pacioretty
07:54MTL Lars Eller  Holding against  David Booth
2nd Period
06:22MTL P.K. Subban  Interference against  David Booth
15:26MTL Jarred Tinordi  Interference against  Jannik Hansen
3rd Period
05:07VAN Dan Hamhuis  Interference against  Lars Eller
07:32VAN Daniel Sedin  Tripping against  Alex Galchenyuk
shots by period
PeriodMTLVAN
1st914
2nd1217
3rd189
Total3840
Team Stats
CategoryMTLVAN
Power Plays2/30/3
Hits1419
Faceoff Wins3833
Giveaways38
Takeaways64
Blocked Shots1716
Penalty Minutes66
  • MONTREAL
  • VANCOUVER
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
8B. PrustL0000012:52
11B. GallagherR0002015:26
14T. PlekanecC1005018:49
17R. BourqueR0005014:12
24J. TinordiD0001212:37
26J. GorgesD1002022:28
27A. GalchenyukC0001015:56
32T. MoenL0120011:47
48D. BriereC00-13014:52
49M. BournivalL0012010:32
51D. DesharnaisC0004014:21
53R. WhiteC001109:09
55F. BouillonD0100017:04
61R. DiazD0200020:14
67M. PaciorettyL10-15018:54
76P. SubbanD0112223:54
79A. MarkovD0114024:02
81L. EllerC1001216:51
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. Price3940.97560:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. HamhuisD00-15223:46
3K. BieksaD0012024:06
5J. GarrisonD01010026:05
6Y. WeberD00-10011:12
7D. BoothL0000012:38
8C. TanevD0001220:26
9Z. KassianR0001012:53
15B. RichardsonR0000011:50
17R. KeslerC00-13022:24
18R. StantonD00-10014:25
20C. HigginsL0003019:49
21Z. DalpeC000105:31
22D. SedinL01-15220:43
25M. SantorelliC0005020:13
29T. SestitoL000005:18
32D. WeiseR000005:58
33H. SedinC10-13020:06
36J. HansenR0001017:40
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1R. Luongo3438.89560:00