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Pacioretty scores, Price posts 2nd straight shutout, as Habs top Capitals 1-0

01/31/2015 03:50 EST | Updated 04/02/2015 05:59 EDT
MONTREAL - Nothing is getting past Carey Price these days.

The star goaltender made 36 saves for his second shutout in a row as the Montreal Canadiens got a Max Pacioretty goal at 3:08 of overtime to defeat the Washington Capitals 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

It was a repeat of Montreal's last game Thursday night against the Rangers in New York, when Price got the shutout and Pacioretty scored the game-winner late in another 1-0 win.

It was a fifth win in a row for the surging Canadiens (32-13-3), while the Capitals (25-14-10) moved to 1-3-2 in their last six games. Montreal is 15-3-1 in its last 19 games.

"We're all making contributions," said Price. "It's a team sport.

"Max made a big contribution at the end. Guys are all doing their part. I'm relying on the guys around me and they're relying on me. Right now, we have perfect harmony going."

Price has been at the top of his game of late. He showed it midway through the first period with a spectacular glove save on a close-in shot from Brooks Laich.

He did even better as the Canadiens took consecutive minors in the second frame, with a quick pad save on Troy Brouwer from the slot and glove save through traffic on Nicklas Backstrom. Alex Ovechkin, whose shift lasted 4:17, and John Carlson hit posts during the same sequence.

But Price's teammate are getting used to seeing their goaltender keep them in games long enough to pull out wins.

"You get goose bumps when you're stepping out of the tunnel because you want to step up for him," Pacioretty said of Price. "It sounds cheesy, but he really is the backbone of this team.

"When we let him down by giving up a chance that's not deserved and he makes a big save, I think we bear down a bit harder for him. It was a good example today. We left him out to dry a couple of times."

Price's performance overshadowed some strong goaltending at the other end of the ice as well. Braden Holtby, coming off a shutout win Wednesday over Pittsburgh, made 29 saves in another scoreless three periods only to be beaten on a perfectly executed play in overtime.

Pacioretty went to the net to tip a Tomas Plekanec pass over Holtby for the winner.

"I thought both goaltenders played real good," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. "I thought we played a solid road game, we just couldn't find the back of the net.

"We hit three posts and had a number of good chances. I don't think we gave up a whole lot. I was pretty happy with the way we played."

It was Montreal's first win at home over Washington since a 6-5 overtime victory on Feb. 10, 2010. The Canadiens have not beaten the Caps in regulation time at the Bell Centre in the regular season since Jan. 10, 2009.

Ovechkin led all players with eight shots on goal and led his team with 25:18 of ice time, but was unable to pick up his 30th goal of the season. His monster shift in the second frame was likely his best chance, as well as one where he cut to the inside, plowed through three Canadiens and got off a shot in the first period.

"He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice," said Trotz. "In the first period he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him."

Montreal stays put to play Arizona while the Capitals return home to face St. Louis on Sunday afternoon.

Notes: It is the 24th time since 1991 Montreal plays two afternoon games on Super Bowl weekend. They are 25-17-4-1 in those games and have swept both games five times, most recently in 2013.. . P.K. Subban's assist on Pacioretty's goal was his 200th career point. . . Mike Weaver and Gabriel Dumont were scratched for Montreal, while Cameron Schilling and Andre Burakovsky didn't play for Washington.

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