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Price, Habs blank Rangers

Feb 6, 2011 - 12:16 AM
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Carey Price stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his fifth shutout of the season, as Montreal shut down the New York Rangers, 2-0, at Bell Centre.

Scott Gomez and Tomas Plekanec lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have won three in a row.

Martin Biron allowed just one goal on 28 shots for the Rangers, losers of four straight games.

"We're battling but with no result. It's a hard one to take, but it's been like that for the last couple of weeks," Biron admitted. "We're right there, played pretty good and had some momentum but it's not good enough."

The Habs snapped a scoreless deadlock with 1:26 left in the second period. Hal Gill's point shot sailed wide of the net, but the rebound kicked out from the back boards right to Gomez, waiting at the right post to lift his shot under the crossbar.

"Thank God I closed my eyes and just threw it up under the bar," Gomez said of his goal. "It's a drill that we work on every morning, so I guess we'll keep going with it."

Less than a minute before the score, New York had misfired on its fourth consecutive power play in the middle stanza.

Biron was pulled for an extra skater with 1:20 remaining, and Plekanec hit the empty net with 37.4 seconds showing to ice the game.

Game Notes

Montreal has won all three meetings with the Rangers this season, and has taken six of seven since the start of last season...Price improved to 26-16-5 on the season, and Biron dropped to 8-5-0.