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Canadiens 3, Rangers 0

The SportsXchange

MONTREAL -- Carey Price made 17 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Montreal Canadiens extended their points streak to seven games with a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Erik Cole, Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist as Montreal scored three second-period goals.

It was Price's 18th career shutout and his second in four starts. He made 26 saves in a 1-0 overtime win in Florida on Feb. 14.

The Canadiens remain undefeated through regulation in their last seven games (6-0-1), including a 3-1 win over the Rangers on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Martin Biron stopped 15 shots for New York, which has lost three in a row, including a 3-2 overtime loss in Ottawa on Thursday night.

Montreal had its five-game winning streak snapped Thursday with a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders.

Cole got his first point in 10 games with his third goal of the season 1:20 into the second period. He beat Biron on a quick shot from the left side after Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy's pass deflected to him off former New York teammate Brandon Prust's skate.

Galchenyuk put the Canadiens up 2-0 at 13:36. The 19-year-old rookie got credit for his third goal of the season when he drove the net and jammed a shot off Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi's stick, which popped the puck up and over Biron.

A lengthy video review confirmed that Eller, who set up the play, did not make contact with the puck as it floated into the net.

Eller increased the lead to three with a power-play goal at 19:34.

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonough left in the second period after he was driven face-first into the end boards on a hit by Montreal's Max Pacioretty, who was given a minor penalty for boarding at 7:20. McDonough, who was bloodied, did not return.

Girardi had to be helped off the ice after he was struck on the right leg when he blocked P.K. Subban's one-timer during the Canadiens' five-on-three advantage with a little over a minute remaining in regulation.

Christian Thomas made his NHL debut for the New York. Thomas, the son of former NHL player Steve Thomas, was recalled from AHL Connecticut earlier in the day. Steve Thomas, who is currently Tampa Bay's player development coach, watched the game from the press box.

Montreal rookie Brendan Gallagher returned after missing three games because of a concussion.

NOTES: Rangers left winger Rick Nash was placed on the injured list retroactive to Sunday. Nash, who missed his third straight game because of an undisclosed injury, remained New York's leading scoring entering Saturday night's game with 12 points, including three goals and nine assists, in 14 games. ... Rangers defenseman Michael Zotto did not play. He suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday night's 3-2 overtime loss in Ottawa. ... Forward Arron Asham did not play for a second straight game and defenseman Steve Eminger also did not dress for the Rangers. Eminger rejoined the team in Montreal after a conditioning assignment with AHL Connecticut. ... Canadiens left winger Rene Bourque had flu-like symptoms and did not play.
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