Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes one of his 25 saves against the Sharks Saturday. Dario Ayala, The Gazette
• At a Glance: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price earned his league-leading 16th win of the season Saturday afternoon during a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. The two teams traded goals in a somewhat dull first period when the Canadiens mustered only four shot on goal. Mathieu Darche opened the scoring exacty six minutes into the game when he grabbed his own reboud to beat Antii Niemi. The Sharks got that one back 13:04 into the period when Benn Ferriero fired a shot past Price from the side boards that the goaltender never saw. The second period wasn’t much more exciting, but the Canadiens took a 2-1 lead when Tomas Plekanec scored his ninth of the season 13:58 into frame. Plekanec shook off a check along the boards, broke into the slot and caught Niemi moving the other way with his shot. Michael Cammalleri scored his eighth of the season 8:22 into the third period to seal the victory. On the play, Roman Hamrlik broke in on a breakaway after blocking a shot at the Canadiens blue line. Hamrlik’s first and second shots were stoped by Niemi but could not stop Cammalleri on the third try.
• Key Moments: With the score tied at 1-1 during a lackluster second period, Plekanec made the extra effort at the end of a long shift to give the Canadiens the lead.
• What It Means: Montreal’s record improves to 17-8-2 for 36 points to solidify the Canadiens’ grip on first place in the Northeast Division.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens welcome the Ottawa Senators to the Bell Centre on Tuesday night then hit the road for games in Detroit and Toronto next Friday and Saturday.