The first game of the Montreal Canadiens’ longest road trip of the season didn’t go as planned. Bouncing back may be difficult as they get set to face one of the Western Conference’s best home teams.
Montreal looks to avoid a season-worst fourth consecutive loss as the visitor when it continues its seven-game road stint Tuesday night against the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars.
The Canadiens (19-12-2) opened their trip with a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Sunday night and fell for the fourth time in five games overall - their worst stretch of the season.
“The anger and frustration lies in the fact that this group of guys expects to win hockey games,” said Cammalleri, who tallied a goal and an assist during a 5-3 home victory over Dallas on Jan. 14.
Despite losing three of his last four on the road, Price’s 2.01 goals-against average away from home is among the best in the league.
Montreal had gone 0-4-0 with one tie in its last five games in Dallas prior to pulling out a 3-1 victory March 8, 2009, as Price made 30 saves.
The Stars are 11-3-2 at home, going unbeaten in regulation in their last 11 (9-0-2). They fell to San Jose 4-3 in overtime at American Airlines Center on Thursday night before posting wins in Columbus and Detroit over the weekend.
With the Stars down 2-0, Eriksson assisted on both first-period goals to tie the game, then scored 4:18 into overtime as Dallas improved to 14-2-3 in one-goal games.
“We had a lot of reasons, a lot of excuses to pack it in … but our guys hung in there,” coach Marc Crawford said.
Eriksson extended his point streak to three games, over which he has two goals and four assists. The Stars are 6-1-1 when he records at least two points.
Dallas is looking to score a power-play goal in six consecutive games for the first time since an eight-game run March 15-30, 2007. Montreal has allowed a power-play goal in each of its last three contests.