Game 15: Price, Canadiens shut down Canucks

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov scores on Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo with Vancouver teammate Ryan Kesler in the blue paint. Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Jacques Martin | Roman Hamrlik | Carey Price | Josh Gorges | Andrei Markov | Jaro Spacek

• At a Glance: With an offence that has been sputtering, the Canadiens let their defencemen – and Carey Price – take care of the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 on Tuesday night. Price made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season, with 20 saves coming in the third period, including several spectacular ones in the dying seconds to preserve the shutout. Andrei Markov opened the scoring on Roberto Luongo 6:53 into the first period when he went deep into the offensive zone and pushed a rebound beyond Luongo. It stayed 1-0 until early in the third period when Roman Hamrlik scored a power-play goal for the Canadiens. After Michael Cammalleri missed the net with his shot, the puck rebounded to the front of the net and Hamrlik slapped it behind Luongo, who finished the night with 27 saves and was pulled for an extra attacker with more than two minutes to play.

• Key Moments: A four-minute Montreal power play in the second period yielded little for the Canadiens, with the Canucks getting the best chance with a 3-on-1 rush while shorthanded. Montreal finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage, while blanking the Canucks on four chances.

• What It Means: The win improves Montreal’s record to 9-5-1 for 19 points.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens face the Bruins in Boston on Thursday and are back home to take on the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday.

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