Game 64: Canadiens explode in third for win

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save against Bruins’ Blake Wheeler in the first period Tuesday night. Brian Snyder, Reuters

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AUDIO: Carey Price | Glen Metropolit I and II | Mathieu Darche | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: The Canadiens got back to the business of earning a playoff berth on Tuesday night and downed the Boston Bruins 4-1 with Carey Price in nets. Montreal trailed for most of this game after Marco Sturm scored on the power play 12:11 into the opening period. After a mediocre first period, the Candiens played a better second period before turning it on in the third period. Glen Metropolit tied the game 1-1 2:40 into the third period, beating Tuukka Rask with a slap shot. Maxim Lapierre made it 2-1 five minutes later. Mathieu Darche, who assisted on the Metropolit goal, but the game away with a goal on a rebound from Metropolit with 2:30 to play. Benoit Pouliot capped off the scoring into an empty net at the 18:33 mark. Carey Price made 23 saves in what was a solid game after that first period goal. Rask faced 32 Montreal shots and fell apart in the third.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens killed off three Boston power plays after allowing that opening goal, allowing them the chance to get back into the game for the win.

• What It Means: The Canadiens improve to 30-28-6 and now have 66 points, one more than the Bruins. The Canadiens now hold seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, but the Bruins have three games in hand.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens fly to San Jose on Wednesday as the NHL trade deadline approaches at 3 p.m. Eastern. After that, the Canadiens play the Sharks on Thursday (10:30 p.m.), the Kings on Satirday (10 p.m.) and the Anaheim Ducks and Saku Koivu on Sunday (8 p.m.)

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