Pacioretty, Price lift Canadiens over Isles 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm •  Published: December 14, 2013

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens had a plan upon visiting snowy Long Island.

They knew the lowly New York Islanders were returning home from a disappointing five-game trip and they knew that goals would be at a premium.

The Canadiens made the most of the slimmest of margins and escaped with a 1-0 victory on Saturday night. Max Pacioretty scored 1:51 into the extra period, and Carey Price stopped all 21 shots that came his way in his 21st NHL shutout.

Montreal snapped a two-game skid in which the club netted only one goal and gave up a total of eight in losses to Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

"We were absolutely more intense," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We wanted to be physical. We wanted to play a hard-nosed game. This is something we didn't do the last two games, and guys responded well."

Pacioretty took a short feed in front from David Desharnais after a New York turnover and shoved a shot past Evgeni Nabokov for his 12th goal.

"I was the recipient of a great pass," Pacioretty said. "It felt great to convert it. We've been fortunate lately, and this was another example."

The 38-year-old Nabokov stopped 24 shots and was the hard-luck loser as he came back after missing 11 games because of a groin injury sustained against Detroit on Nov. 16, the last time New York won at home.

"The guys did a hell of a job in the D zone, around the net," Nabokov said.

It was Price's second shutout this season for the Canadiens, 10-2-1 in their last 13.

"That was a really good hard-fought win," Price said. "We played a really solid game from start to finish. We knew it would be low scoring game, and we're playing really well, patiently waiting for our chance.

"The effort was there all night."

Montreal spoiled the NHL debut of prized Islanders prospect Ryan Strome, the No. 5 pick in the 2011 NHL draft.

Strome had two shots in just under 15 minutes of ice time.

"I felt good out there," the 20-year-old forward said. "Glad to get my feet under me. I felt like we were working hard all game."

New York (9-19-6) returned from a 1-4 trip and lost for the 12th time in 13 games (1-9-3). The Islanders are 0-16-4 when they score fewer than three goals.

However, they appeared to get a jolt in the third period when Lars Eller leveled New York captain John Tavares as he carried the puck behind his net and back out the right side. Tavares didn't seem to see Eller charge at him, but he wasn't injured.

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