Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) – Carey Price posted his ninth shutout of the
season as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the San Jose Sharks, 2-0, on Saturday
Price made 29 saves in Montreal’s third win in its last four games.
Tomas Plekanec scored what turned out to be the game-winner late in the first
period, while Brendan Gallagher added an empty-net goal late in regulation.
Antti Niemi stopped 27 shots for the Sharks, who have lost three of four as
they attempt to make a late push for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Montreal opened the scoring at 18:46 of the first. On an odd-man rush,
Plekanec sent a cross-ice pass to Alex Galchenyuk, who backhanded the puck
right back to Plekanec just inside the left circle for the goal.
Brent Burns nearly tied the game late in the third, but his attempt caromed
off the post with a couple minutes remaining.
The Sharks pulled Niemi soon after and Gallagher sealed it with his empty-net
goal with 14 seconds left.
The Sharks went 0-for-2 on the power play … San Jose continues its seven-
game road trip with a meeting in Ottawa on Monday … Montreal travels to
Nashville for a matchup with the Predators on Tuesday.