Last minute let down

The Canadian Press | Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 10:34 PM

MONTREAL (CP) -- A late third-period goal by Nashville's Seth Jones tarnished a solid 35-save performance by Carey Price and gave the Predators a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Captain Shea Weber also scored for Nashville (4-3-1), while Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots.

Brendan Gallagher was the lone goal scorer for Montreal (4-3-0).

It was Montreal's second game of a five-game home stand after last week's successful Western road trip. Montreal beat the Blue Jackets 5-3 at the Bell Centre last Thursday. The Habs had won four straight before Saturday's game.

The Predators came into the game on a similar hot streak. They took seven of 10 points in five games at home before the trip to Montreal.

Weber opened the scoring with the man advantage at 12:31 of the first period. His cross-crease pass bounced off Montreal defenceman Josh Gorges and deflected past a helpless Price.

Gallagher made it 1-1 at 7:02 of the second, finishing up a scramble in front of the net by lobbing the puck over Rinne.

Lars Eller thought he gave the Canadiens the lead early in the third period when his shot from a tight angle seemingly trickled under a sprawling Rinne's arm, but the referees overturned the initial call on the ice.

Rookie Jones, playing in his first NHL game in Montreal, scored the game-winner at 18:33 of the final period. Jones, who's already turning heads this early in his career, was selected fourth overall in the 2013 entry draft by the Predators. He now has four points on the season.

The last time the Habs played the Predators, in Nov. 2011, Max Pacioretty scored the game-winner in overtime, however he sat out Saturday with a hamstring injury.

Before the game, Habs assigned defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton.

The Canadiens welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:31NSH PPG - Shea Weber (2) ASST: David Legwand (3), Filip Forsberg (2) 1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
07:02MTL Brendan Gallagher (4) ASST: Michael Bournival (1), Lars Eller (3) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
18:33NSH Seth Jones (2) ASST: David Legwand (4), Colin Wilson (3) 2 - 1 NSH
Three Stars of the Game
Shea Weber
Shea Weber
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 28:43
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 37TOI: 58:57
GA: 2EV: 26-27
PIM: 0PP: 8-9
SV%: .946SH: 1-1
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 22-23
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .966SH: 2-2
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:02MTL Raphael Diaz  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:28MTL P.K. Subban  Tripping against  Kevin Klein
11:50MTL Ryan White  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:15NSH Victor Bartley  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
15:23MTL Rene Bourque  Holding against  Seth Jones
18:11NSH Paul Gaustad  Boarding against  Daniel Briere
18:38MTL P.K. Subban  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Nystrom
18:38NSH Eric Nystrom  Holding against  P.K. Subban
2nd Period
02:59MTL Jarred Tinordi  Interference against  Viktor Stalberg
14:12MTL Rene Bourque  Tripping against  Viktor Stalberg
3rd Period
01:35NSH David Legwand  Cross checking against  Lars Eller
10:56NSH Shea Weber  Hooking against  Alex Galchenyuk
15:08NSH Matt Hendricks  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/60/5
Faceoff Wins3530
Blocked Shots1810
Penalty Minutes1214
3S. JonesD1011027:29
4R. EllisD0003011:34
6S. WeberD1013228:43
7M. CullenC0002016:49
8K. KleinD00-13020:42
9F. ForsbergL01-14011:21
11D. LegwandC0202215:45
13N. SpalingC0001012:09
15C. SmithR0004014:55
24E. NystromL00-12212:51
25V. StalbergL0001010:29
26M. HendricksL0003216:38
27P. HornqvistR0010014:37
28P. GaustadC0002217:36
33C. WilsonL0112014:09
42M. EkholmD00-10018:56
57G. BourqueR0003016:00
64V. BartleyD000129:17
35P. Rinne2829.96660:00
8B. PrustL0000014:02
11B. GallagherR1019017:25
14T. PlekanecC0002021:36
17R. BourqueR0001414:18
21B. GiontaR00-13017:39
24J. TinordiD001029:25
26J. GorgesD00-11020:17
27A. GalchenyukC0001016:36
32T. MoenL00-10010:13
48D. BriereC000104:20
49M. BournivalL011109:22
51D. DesharnaisC00-10013:20
53R. WhiteC0003211:37
55F. BouillonD0000018:51
61R. DiazD0000218:12
76P. SubbanD00-10425:39
79A. MarkovD0013027:08
81L. EllerC0114020:22
31C. Price3537.94658:57