Price coughs up tough loss to Winnipeg

 

 
 
 
 
Canadiens' Carey Price makes a save against Jets' Devin Setoguchi, right, at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday.
 
 

Canadiens' Carey Price makes a save against Jets' Devin Setoguchi, right, at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday.

Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette

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The skinny: On a Super Bowl weekend when goaltenders dominated the action at the Bell Centre, a miscue by Canadiens’ netminder Carey Price allowed the Winnipeg Jets to leave town with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Sunday. Price came out of his net to corral a dump in, but he failed to control the puck. Andrew Ladd ran down the puck behind the goal line and passed it out front to Michael Frolik, who scored while Price was scrambling to get back into the net. It was the first win for a Winnipeg team in Montreal since 1985.

What it means: With one point out of a possible four on the weekend, the Canadiens remain in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, but they dropped two points behind Toronto. The good news is they still hold a game in hand on the Leafs. Looking in the rear-view mirror, the Canadiens’ lead over fifth-place Detroit is down to four points and the Wings have a game in hand.

Breaking the ice: The Jets took a 1-0 lead when defenceman Tobias Enstrom carried the puck from the point and around the Montreal net before beating Price on a wraparound at 9:13 of the second period. The Canadiens had a chance to open the scoring at 7:38, but Brandon Prust’s slapshot hit a goalpost. Enstrom was almost the goat with a little more than five minutes to go in the period. He lost the puck to Brian Gionta in the neutral zone, but Gionta hit a post on his partial breakaway.

Getting even: Gionta tied the score at 1-1 when he beat Al Montoya on the glove side at 17:06 of the second period while the teams were playing 4-on-4.

Specialty items: The Canadiens’ penalty-killing unit, which ranks third in the NHL, killed off three Winnipeg power plays, while the Canadiens’ power play went 0-for-3. Brendan Gallagher absorbed more than his share of punishment, but found himself in the penalty box three times.

Wasted effort: Price faced 35 shots against Winnipeg and stopped 34 of 36 shots Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. He had a .957 save percentage and a goals-against average below 2.00 for the weekend.

Change good for the Jets: The Jets are 8-2-0 since Paul Maurice replaced Claude Noel as head coach. They are sixth in the Central Division, but are only four points out of a playoff spot.

What’s next: The Canadiens have a pair of home games against western Canadian rivals with Calgary in town Tuesday followed by the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. In their final game before the Olympic break, the Canadiens are in Carolina on Saturday to face the Hurricanes.

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Canadiens' Carey Price makes a save against Jets' Devin Setoguchi, right, at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday.
 

Canadiens' Carey Price makes a save against Jets' Devin Setoguchi, right, at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday.

Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette

 
Canadiens' Carey Price makes a save against Jets' Devin Setoguchi, right, at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday.
Winnipeg Jets right winger Chris Thorburn, left, gets knocked in to the boards by Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens attempts to deflect the puck in front of Jacob Trouba #8 and Al Montoya #35 of the Winnipeg Jets during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on Feb. 2, 2014 in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray, left, catches linesman Darren Gibbs after being hit by Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin and Winnipeg Jets right winger Anthony Peluso, not seen, during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014. Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges, right looks on.
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart leaves the ice with blood on his face after he and Montreal Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher fell to the ice while Stuart tried to clear the goal crease during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher, top, collides with Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Lars Eller #81 of the Montreal Canadiens face-off against Bryan Little #18 of the Winnipeg Jets during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on Feb. 2, 2014 in Montreal.
Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya, right, covers up a loose puck as Montreal Canadiens centre Lars Eller looks for the rebound after the shot hit the goal post during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Mark Stuart #5 of the Winnipeg Jets clears Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens from in front of goalie Al Montoya #35 of the Winnipeg Jets during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on Feb. 2, 2014 in Montreal.
Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his second period goal with teammate Tomas Plekanec #14 during the NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Centre on Feb. 2, 2014 in Montreal.
Nathan Beaulieu #40 of the Montreal Canadiens grabs Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Winnipeg Jets during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on Feb. 2, 2014 in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Nathan Beaulieu is tripped by Winnipeg Jets centre Olli Jokinen, not seen, during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014. A penalty was called on the play.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, right, has his stick knocked from his hand by Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014. Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray tries to tie up Winnipeg Jets centre Olli Jokinen, left, during the play.
Bryan Little #18 of the Winnipeg Jets body checks P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on Feb. 2, 2014 in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens right winger Christian Thomas, right, takes a big hit from Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
A young fan waves to Montreal Canadiens defenceman Francis Bouillon,left, and Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj, right, during the pre game skate during NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets, not seen, at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
A fans asks for a puck from the Montreal Canadiens during the pre game skate during NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets, not seen, at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, right, collides with Winnipeg Jets right winger Chris Thorburn during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya, right, covers the face of teammate Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart as Montreal Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher and Montreal Canadiens centre David Desharnais, bottom, scramble for the loose puck during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Fans take pictures of Montreal Canadiens centre David Desharnais during the pre game skate during NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets, not seen, at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes a save against Winnipeg Jets right winger Devin Setoguchi, right, as Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele looks on during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher, right, gets roughed up by Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart and Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya, left, during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher, left, grimaces as he is knocked to the ice by Winnipeg Jets right winger Devin Setoguchi as Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya, bottom, looks on during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens left winger Max Pacioretty, left, looks for the loose puck as Canadiens right wingerer Brendan Gallagher, centre, collides with Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher gets knocked into the boards as he collides with Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom during NHL action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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