MONTREAL (NHL.com) - The city of Montreal can exhale. Carey Price made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season, and Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty each had a goal and an assist when the Montreal Canadiens took advantage of the weary Carolina Hurricanes to snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 win Tuesday.
The Canadiens (28-20-5) scored their three goals on 12 shots in 21:41, better than their total of two goals on 76 shots in the previous three games combined.
Price's shutout also snapped a streak of six straight games when the Canadiens allowed at least four goals, and it was the fourth time in their past 14 games they allowed fewer than that.
Anton Khudobin made 27 saves for the Hurricanes (24-20-9), who had a four-game winning streak end and lost for the fourth time in 14 games.
Carolina won 3-2 at home Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets before arriving here late Monday night. The game Tuesday was Carolina's fifth in a span of seven nights, a situation created when a Jan. 21 game at the Philadelphia Flyers had to be postponed a day because of a snowstorm.
The Hurricanes came in as one of the hottest teams in the NHL offensively, scoring at least three goals in six straight games. Linemates Eric Staal (2-5-7) and Alexander Semin (6-2-8) each had a five-game point streak end.
For the Canadiens, a seeming city-wide panic may have come to an end with the team's most solid effort in two weeks, ending a stretch when it was outscored 19-5 in losing four straight games.
That being said, Price still needed to be sharp in goal with the Hurricanes earning a number of high-quality scoring chances, and he sealed his first shutout since Dec. 14 with a breakaway save on Manny Malhotra with a little less than five minutes remaining in regulation.
Gallagher made it 2-0 at 18:44 of the first when he came out from behind the net on a wraparound attempt, then jammed it in off the scrum for his 14th of the season and third in five games.
Pacioretty completed the scoring at 1:41 of the second when Andrei Markov picked up a Gallagher rebound and found Pacioretty alone in front for a tap in, his team-leading 22nd goal of the season.
After being booed off the ice and having their shots on goal sarcastically cheered in their previous home game Saturday, a 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals, the Canadiens gathered at center ice following the victory to receive a loud ovation from the Bell Centre fans.