Carey Price, returning from a three-game injury absence, stopped 33 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the visiting Vancouver Canucks 2-0 Thursday night.
Price thrived in his return from an undisclosed lower-body injury that bothered him for several weeks. He has now won nine of his past 12 games. Jordie Benn and Jonathan Drouin scored for the Canadiens in their first home game since Dec. 17.
Canadiens - Win - Games - Canucks - Loss
The Canadiens posted their fifth win in six games and 10th in the past 14. The Canucks suffered only their fifth loss in 14 outings.
The Canucks lost rookie center Elias Pettersson, the club’s top scorer, to an apparent leg injury 5:48 into the second period. Pettersson’s right leg twisted awkwardly as he became entangled with Montreal rookie center Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
Alex - Pietrangelo - Goal - Assist - St
Alex Pietrangelo finished with one goal and one assist as St. Louis defeated visiting Washington. The Blues snapped a two-game losing streak and ended Washington’s five-game road winning streak.
Tyler Bozak, Colton Parayko, Oskar Sundqvist and Robert Thomas also scored for St. Louis, while Alex Ovechkin and Brett Connolly replied for the Capitals.
Ovechkin - Stretch - Goal - Period - Goal
Ovechkin ended a six-game stretch without a goal by scoring in the first period. It was his 30th goal this season, and he joined former Capital Mike Gartner as the only NHL players to reach that mark in each of their first 14 seasons.
Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point each scored goals on a two-man advantage less than two minutes apart in the first period as Tampa Bay extended its points streak to 16 games with a victory at Los Angeles.
December - Team - Years - Loss - Regulation
After going 13-0-1 in December to become just the eighth team in the last 10 years to avoid a loss in regulation during a calendar month, the Lightning made it 1-0-0 in the new year. Only five other teams in...
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