Shots on Goal: Price, Canadiens Shut Out Bruins
Carey Price earned his 27th career shutout Saturday night with a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins.
Price (13-4-1) stopped all 33 shots while getting scoring help from Andrei Markov and Tomas Plekanec. This was also Price’s first regular season shutout against Boston.
“Yeah, they’re harder,” Price said about games against Boston. “They’re a hard-working team, blue-collar. They make you earn it every time you come here, and tonight I thought we played a pretty good road game.”
The first Montreal goal came at the 11:37 mark of the opening period when Andrei Markov took a pass off the face-off from Brendan Gallagher and sent a wrester from the top of the right circle through traffic past Tuukka Rask.
Coach Claude Julien said, “That puck had eyes for the net and went through a bunch of people and just inside the corner (of the goal), so we could have used that break.”
When asked after the game Rask confirmed that he had been screened and he said that he didn’t see the puck until it was in the back of the net.
Montreal extended the lead 2-0 halfway through the second frame when they intercepted an errant Boston pass that turned into a 4 on 2 situation going the other way. Rask made the initial save with a poke check on Alex Galchenyuk but was unable to control the rebound that went to an uncovered Plekanec who tapped it in for his eighth goal of the season.
Rask (10-6-0) had 21 saves in the loss but was credited with keeping his team in the game as Boston had to start five rookies due to numerous recent injuries.
Montreal seems to have Tuukka’s number as he continues to struggle against the Habs with a 3-12-3 record.
When asked if it was more frustrating falling to Montreal again, Rask said, “Not really, we played hard. It happened to be the Montreal Canadiens today that we lost to. I try to evaluate my game, and the team game too. And today I played a good game, and our team played a good game, but we lost. If it’s the Montreal Canadiens, it’s the Montreal Canadiens, I don’t care.”
Rask denied any psychological barrier the Bruins’ rival presents, saying, “We just feel like we have to play good against them and eliminate their odd-man rushes and stuff like we did today for the most part and it’s going to be good.”
Next up for Boston will be the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night while Montreal heads to New York to take on the Rangers Sunday night.