MONTREAL (AP) _ Carey Price made 17 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens topped the slumping New York Rangers 3-0 on Saturday night.
Each player on the line of Erik Cole, Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller scored a goal and added an assist for Montreal (12-4-2), which bounced back after Thursday’s loss to the New York Islanders and won for the sixth time in seven games.
Price’s shutout was his second this season. He allowed just one goal in two starts against the Rangers this week.
Martin Biron, in his third start of the season, stopped 15 shots for New York (8-7-2), which dropped its third straight and has just one win in five games.
After a scoreless first period in which the teams combined for nine shots total, the action picked up in the second.
Cole hit the score sheet for the first time in 10 games when he netted his third goal of the season at 1:20. A point shot from Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz went through Eller’s skates and found Cole, who wristed a shot from the left circle inside the far post.
The Canadiens doubled the lead at 13:36 when Galchenyuk drove to the Rangers net and took a shot that deflected up off New York defenseman Dan Girardi and landed in the net.
Quick puck movement on a late power play helped set up the Canadiens’ third goal. Defenseman P.K. Subban dished the puck from the point to Galchenyuk behind the goal line, and the rookie passed it to Eller, who scored at 19:34 from in the right circle.
Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh left the game and didn’t return after being boarded by Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty in the second period.
Girardi was also helped off the ice in the third period.
NOTES: Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher made his return to the lineup after missing three games because of a concussion. — LW Rene Bourque missed the game with flu-like symptoms — The Rangers were without injured forwards Rick Nash, Arron Asham and Darroll Powe, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto. — Forward Christian Thomas, son of former NHL player Steve Thomas, made his NHL debut for New York.
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