At­lantic Divi­sion-lead­ing Mon­treal wins its fifth straight game

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Carey Price made 26 saves, and the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens ex­tended their win­ning streak to five games with a 4-1 road vic­tory over the New York Rangers on Satur­day night.

Shea We­ber, Art­turi Lehko­nen, An­drew Shaw and Jordie Benn scored for the Cana­di­ens, who are in first place in the At­lantic Divi­sion.

Max Pa­cioretty and Alex Galchenyuk each had two as­sists for Mon­treal, which has won six of seven. That streak started with a shootout win over the Rangers on Feb. 21 at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

Chris Krei­der scored and Hen­rik Lundqvist made 31 saves for the Rangers, who have lost three of their past four.

With the Rangers trail­ing 3-0, Lundqvist made two strong saves on Pa­cioretty early in the third pe­riod be­fore the Rangers got on the board.

Krei­der took a pass from Derek Stepan and scored on his own re­bound for his 24th of the sea­son at 1:44.

How­ever, Benn re­stored Mon­treal’s three-goal lead with his third of the sea­son at 6:58.

Lead­ing by a goal af­ter the first pe­riod, the Cana­di­ens con­trolled the play in the early part of the sec­ond by win­ning the bat­tles for the loose pucks.

Pa­cioretty took the puck away from de­fense­man Ryan McDon­agh along the boards and passed to Phillip Danault, who set up Lehko­nen for a one-timer that beat Lundqvist stick-side for his 12th goal of the sea­son at 8:48.

The Rangers then started get­ting some pres­sure on Price.

Pavel Buch­nevich sent a pass to Rick Nash, who col­lided with Price with nine min­utes re­main­ing in the pe­riod. A minute later, Price made a nice save on Kevin Hayes, who came in on a break with Jimmy Ve­sey. Mon­treal with­stood the push and took a 3-0 lead late in the sec­ond.

STARS 2, PAN­THERS 1: John Kling­berg scored the win­ning goal with 1:07 left, and Dal­las beat Flor­ida in Sun­rise, Fla.

Kling­berg took a shot from the right cir­cle, and the puck went high into the net over the shoul­der of James Reimer. The Stars won for the fourth time in six games.

Jamie Benn also scored a goal and had an as­sist for Dal­las. Kari Le­hto­nen made 40 saves. Tyler Seguin had two as­sists.

Jonathan Hu­berdeau scored the Pan­thers’ goal. Reimer made 32 saves for Flor­ida, which has lost five of its past six.

BRU­INS 3, DEVILS 2: Ryan Spooner scored mid­way through the third pe­riod to lift host Bos­ton over New Jer­sey for its eighth vic­tory in 10 games un­der in­terim coach Bruce Cas­sidy.

Bran­don Carlo and Torey Krug also scored for the Bru­ins, and backup goalie An­ton Khu­dobin stopped 15 shots. Cas­sidy took over for fired coach Claude Julien on Feb. 7.

LIGHT­NING 2, SABRES 1 (SO): Bray­den Point and Nikita Kucherov scored in a shootout, send­ing Tampa Bay to a vic­tory at Buf­falo.

Tyler John­son scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Light­ning, and An­drei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves.

SEN­A­TORS 3, BLUE JACK­ETS 2: Zack Smith scored his league-lead­ing fourth short-handed goal in the third pe­riod, and Ot­tawa beat vis­it­ing Colum­bus.

Vik­tor Stal­berg scored his first goal since join­ing the Sen­a­tors ahead of Wed­nes­day’s trade dead­line. Erik Karls­son scored his 11th of the sea­son, and Craig An­der­son made 25 saves.

JETS 6, AVALANCHE 1: Blake Wheeler and Niko­laj Eh­lers each had a goal and two as­sists, lead­ing Win­nipeg to a home vic­tory over Colorado.

Mak­ing his 10th straight start in goal, Con­nor Helle­buyck al­most had his sec­ond straight shutout for the Jets un­til Gabriel Lan­deskog scored with 15.4 sec­onds left.

BLACK­HAWKS 5, PREDA­TORS 3: Brian Camp­bell scored with 1:05 re­main­ing to lead vis­it­ing Chicago past Nashville for its seventh con­sec­u­tive win.

Pa­trick Kane scored twice, in­clud­ing an empty-net­ter af­ter Camp­bell’s goal, and Jordin Tootoo and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago. Corey Craw­ford made 32 saves.


Cana­di­ens goal­tender Carey Price is con­grat­u­lated by de­fense­man Nathan Beaulieu af­ter he saved 26 shots and beat the Rangers.

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