Canadiens goalie Carey Price pokes the puck away from Rangers’ Carl Hagelin as he’s checked by Andrei Markov in Montreal on Saturday.
Photograph by: John Mahoney, THE GAZETTE
MONTREAL — The Canadiens wasted another strong performance by goaltender Carey Price as they dropped a 1-0 decision to the New York Rangers on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Price made 33 saves to give the Canadiens a chance to win, but his teammates couldn’t get the puck past rookie Cam Talbot, who made 22 saves for his first career shutout. The 22 shots matched the lowest shot for the Canadiens this season.
Luck of the Irish: Ryan Callahan was credited with the game’s lone goal when he tipped a shot by Brad Richards at 5:25 of the second period. The Canadiens had just killed off a 5-on-3 power play and Raphael Diaz was jumping back on the ice when Richards launched a shot from the faceoff circle. The Rangers were 1-for-3 with the extra man, while the Canadiens were 0-for-2 on the power play.
Long time between wins: The Rangers’ win snapped an eight-game losing streak at the Bell Centre. The last time the Rangers won in Montreal was March 17, 2009. Colleague Dave Stubbs points out the last time the Rangers posted a shutout in Montreal was Feb. 25, 1967, when Eddie Giacomin made 31 saves en route to a 5-0 win at the Forum.
Welcome back: Defenceman Alexei Emelin played his first game since he suffered a major knee injury on April 6 in a collision with Boston’s Milan Lucic. Emelin played a shade over 16 minutes, had two blocked shots and three hits.
Back to backs: This was the second game of a back to back set and the Canadiens now stand at 4-4 in back-to-back games. They are 1-1 at the Bell Centre and 3-3 on the road.
P.K. on the PK: For the second game in a row, P.K. Subban saw action on the penalty-kill. He led the Canadiens in ice time with 25:33. The high man for the game was Ryan McDonagh, the former Canadiens’ prospect who played 25:59.
What’s next: The Canadiens are home to the surging Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Minnesota has a 9-1-1 record in its last 11 games and that stretch includes a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Nov. 1 in St. Paul. The Canadiens finish the week with back-to-back games Friday in Washington and back home Saturday against Pittsburgh.
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