Price makes 28 saves, Cana­di­ens shut out Avs

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MON­TREAL — The Mon­treal Cana­di­ens needed a full-team ef­fort to shut down the NHL’s best of­fen­sive line.

The Cana­di­ens com­pletely neu­tral­ized the Colorado Avalanche’s top line in a 3-0 vic­tory on Satur­day night while goalie Carey Price earned his third shutout of the sea­son.

Colorado’s Nathan MacKin­non, Gabriel Lan­deskog and Mikko Ran­ta­nen — who’ve com­bined for 73 goals and 112 as­sists this year — hardly threat­ened Price, fir­ing a to­tal five shots on net.

“Ob­vi­ously, they’re one of the best lines in the league,” said cap­tain Shea Weber. “Dan­ger­ous from one side to the other. We talked about not just the five guys that are out there, there are other guys that had to play against them and ev­ery­body did a good job tonight.”

“We played them well,” added Price, who made 28 saves for his 43rd ca­reer shutout. “They’re a good line and we did an ex­cel­lent job tonight.”

The Avalanche’s top line has scored nearly half of Colorado’s goals but it was harm­less against the Cana­di­ens, who clogged up the neu­tral zone and lim­ited the vis­i­tors’ chances.

MacKin­non saw his eight-game point streak snapped, while Lan­deskog’s three­game multi-point streak ended as the Avalanche dropped to 1-7-2 in their last 10 games.

“We didn’t give them much space,” said coach Claude Julien of the MacKin­non line. “We kept try­ing to kill the play as quickly as pos­si­ble. And we had more than one line play­ing against their top line so we were al­ways fresh when they hit the ice.”

The play was con­gested in the mid­dle of the ice for the first two pe­ri­ods, with few qual­ity chances for either team.

In the third, Mon­treal (24-17-5) got a goal from an un­likely source when de­fence­man Brett Ku­lak scored his sec­ond of the sea­son to break the dead­lock. With the Cana­di­ens play­ing short­handed, Ku­lak scored right off a face­off in Colorado’s zone at 8:21.

Avalanche (20-17-8) net­min­der Se­myon Var­lamov never saw the puck.

That goal re­vi­tal­ized the home side and Jes­peri Kotkaniemi made it 2-0 at 10:39 on a one-timer af­ter nifty stick­work by Jonathan Drouin along the half-wall.

“We got running around, an ex­tended shift, Mon­treal kept it in our zone,” said Avalanche coach Jared Bed­nar of the re­ac­tion to Ku­lak’s goal. “Prob­a­bly their best shift of the game, and not so much on our side. There was prob­a­bly some dis­ap­point­ment from our guys, maybe hang­ing their heads for a cou­ple of sec­onds. Next thing you know, Mon­treal turns it on and gets the sec­ond one.

“That’s how our game’s been go­ing right now.”

Jordie Benn added an empty-net­ter with 1:16 left in the game.

Cana­di­ens goal­tender Carey Price makes a save against Colorado Avalanche’s Carl Soder­berg as Cana­di­ens’ Vic­tor Mete de­fends dur­ing third-pe­riod ac­tion in Mon­treal on Satur­day.

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