MONTREAL – Carey Price made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Montreal Canadiens snapped the Calgary Flames’ five-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory on Monday night.
Jordan Weal and rookie Ryan Poehling scored for the Canadiens (20-20-7), who have won two games in a row since losing eight straight.
The defeat came two days after an intense 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
“Not enough emotional attachment to this game,” said interim Flames head coach Geoff Ward. “We got outbattled, outraced, outcompeted and outworked right from the opening face off. It took us a long time to start clawing our way back into the hockey game.
“This is part of learning how to win. When a game’s over, it’s over, and you have to move on to the next one.”
The Canadiens came out firing to start the game, forcing David Rittich to make some big saves in the opening minutes.
The Canadiens were coming off a 2-1 overtime victory in Ottawa on Saturday and have won two games in a row since losing eight straight.
“Obviously a momentum builder,” said Price, who improved to 8-1-1 in his last 10 games against Calgary. “We just carried on from last game. Right until the end, guys were diving in front of pucks. That’s what winning hockey is all about.”
Price’s second shutout of the season was also the 46th of his career, tying Ken Dryden for third most shutouts in franchise history.
“It’s another pretty cool milestone,” said Price. “Just looking forward to the next one.”
Goaltender David Rittich stopped 35 shots for the Flames (25-18-5), who have been shut out six times this season.
-with files from The Canadian Press