Montreal, QC (Sports Network) – Carey Price stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his fifth shutout of the season, as Montreal shut down the New York Rangers, 2-0, at Bell Centre.
Scott Gomez and Tomas Plekanec lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have won three in a row.
Martin Biron allowed just one goal on 28 shots for the Rangers, losers of four straight games.
The Habs snapped a scoreless deadlock with 1:26 left in the second period. Hal Gill’s point shot sailed wide of the net, but the rebound kicked out from the back boards right to Gomez, waiting at the right post to lift his shot under the crossbar.
Less than a minute before the score, New York had misfired on its fourth consecutive power play in the middle stanza.
Biron was pulled for an extra skater with 1:20 remaining, and Plekanec hit the empty net with 37.4 seconds showing to ice the game.
Montreal has won all three meetings with the Rangers this season, and has taken six of seven since the start of last season…Price improved to 26-16-5 on the season, and Biron dropped to 8-5-0.