NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Minnesota
(Thursday, October 30th)
Final Score: Montreal 2, Minnesota 1
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Carey Price stopped 28 shots as the Montreal Canadiens knocked off the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center.
Francis Bouillon and Andrei Markov each had a goal while Alex Tanguay registered two assists for the Canadiens, who have won two straight after their second loss of the season.
Brent Burns had the lone goal while Josh Harding, making his first start of the season, finished the contest with 19 saves for the Wild, who have dropped their past two games after going the first seven contests of the season without a loss in regulation.
Minnesota got on the board first as Burns' third goal of the year just 1:31 into the contest made it a 1-0 game.
However, Montreal answered three minutes later as Bouillon's wrist shot from the high slot made its way through traffic and past Harding.
The Canadiens grabbed the lead in the second on the power play as Markov's one-timer from the right point made its way by Harding for a 2-1 lead 2:23 into the second.
"[Our special teams play] was awesome," Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau said. "We've been working a lot on it. I think the last two years our power play has been No. 1 in the league. [It's] maybe not as high a percentage this year, but we are doing a lot of good things."
Price stopped all 11 shots he faced in the second period and Montreal skated into the third with a one-goal lead.
Price stopped all nine Minnesota shots in the third to preserve the win.
"We played well, we had chances," said Wild forward James Sheppard. "But unfortunately they were lucky enough to get one more than we did. We just had trouble finishing. Our game is there, we just have to start capitalizing."
The Canadiens next play on Saturday at the New York Islanders...Minnesota hits the road for four games starting in Phoenix on Saturday...Montreal has won three of the last four meetings with Minnesota...Montreal went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Minnesota failed on all 10 of its chances.
10/31 00:19:09 ET