Winnipeg
Jets
37-35-10
Montréal
Canadiens
31-35-16

23 SOG
23 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
WPG
MTL
game recap

Canadiens 3, Jets 0

Sunday, 02.05.2012 / 4:52 PM

Associated Press

Three Stars of the Game
Carey Price
1st
SA: 23TOI: 59:57
GA: 0EV: 19-19
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Tomas Plekanec
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:46
Alexei Emelin
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:41

MONTREAL (AP) - Carey Price made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season, Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist and the Montreal Canadiens ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

Max Pacioretty scored his 19th goal in the first and Alexei Emelin made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal 7:20 into the second. Plekanec, who set up Emelin's goal, was credited with his 11th goal on a power play at 11:28.

Price made a lunging glove save on Antti Miettinen, then a sprawling stop on the forward's backhand off the rebound 2:46 into the third to preserve his 15th career shutout.

The Canadiens, who lost 3-0 to Washington on Saturday, moved back into a tie with Carolina at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with 49 points.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 20 shots for Winnipeg, which lost its second in a row.

The Jets remained in 10th place in the East with 54 points, six behind the eighth and final playoff spot.

Montreal's Scott Gomez failed to score for a 52nd straight game. The veteran center, who is in the fifth year of a seven-year, $51.5-million contract he signed with the New York Rangers, has gone a full calendar year since he scored last Feb. 5.

There was a long delay before the Canadiens' third goal was announced to the crowd. Gomez, who was mockingly cheered whenever he touched the puck, was in front of the net when Pavelec was beat by Plekanec's shot from inside the blue line.

Some in the crowd of 21,273 booed when PA announcer Michel Lacroix finally announced that the goal was credited to Plekanec.

Pacioretty got credit for opening the scoring 18:02 in when Pavelec inadvertently knocked a loose puck into the net with his stick.

Emelin scored his second goal when he drove the net to direct Plekanec's feed past Pavelec while Andrei Kostistyn was serving his second minor penalty of the game.

NOTES: Jets RW Blake Wheeler fought with Montreal D P.K. Subban 16:05 into the second. ... Canadiens D Raphael Diaz was left out of the lineup. ... Gomez has seven assists in 23 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:02
MTL
Max Pacioretty (19) Backhand shot - ASST: Yannick Weber (11), Aaron Palushaj (1)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
07:20
MTL
SHG - Alexei Emelin (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (25), Mathieu Darche (5)
2 - 0 MTL
11:28
MTL
PPG - Tomas Plekanec (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (22), P.K. Subban (17)
3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:31
WPG
Dustin Byfuglien  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
09:03
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ondrej Pavelec
2nd Period
01:05
MTL
Mathieu Darche  Interference against  Dustin Byfuglien
05:59
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Tripping against  Mark Stuart
10:12
WPG
Blake Wheeler  Roughing against  Josh Gorges
16:05
WPG
Blake Wheeler  Fighting (maj) against  P.K. Subban
16:05
MTL
P.K. Subban  Fighting (maj) against  Blake Wheeler
3rd Period
12:25
MTL
Erik Cole  Too many men/ice - bench
15:03
WPG
Mark Stuart  Tripping against  Max Pacioretty
17:58
MTL
Rene Bourque  Tripping against  Tobias Enstrom
19:07
WPG
Dustin Byfuglien  Hooking against  Tomas Plekanec
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
18-18-6
SA: 23TOI: 58:35
Saves: 20EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 1
Carey Price
SA: 23TOI: 59:57
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0