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
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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