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Price ends Calgary jinx
P.A. Parenteau and Carey Price helped the Montreal Canadiens bounce back from Monday’s 3-0 loss at Edmonton with a 2-1 shootout win over the Flames in Calgary. Parenteau beat Flames goalie Jonas Hiller for the decisive goal while Price, who began the night winless in three starts in Calgary, made 38 saves to improve his season record to 7-1-0. Montreal, which tops the NHL Eastern Conference standings at 8-2-0, had lost its previous seven games at the Saddledome, dating back to Jan. 5, 2002. Calgary (5-4-2) has dropped two in a row but worse was the loss of forwards Matt Stajan and Joe Colborne to injury on Tuesday. Stajan was helped off the ice after a knee-on-knee collision with Canadiens defenceman Jarred Tinordi, while Colborne suffered an upper-body injury.
Miller stymies winless Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes will finish the first month of the season without a victory after dropping a 4-1 decision in Vancouver. Canucks goalie Ryan Miller stopped 28 of 29 shots for his sixth win of the young campaign and 300th of his NHL career. Vancouver, which improves to 6-3-0, has won three of its past four starts. Brad Richardson paced the offence with two goals. One bright spot for the 0-6-2 Hurricanes was the return of centre Eric Staal following a five-game absence with an upper-body injury. He collected an assist and had five shots in 19 minutes 50 seconds of ice time while winning 70 per cent of his faceoffs.
Senators bust out in 3rd period
Clarke MacArthur and his Ottawa Senators teammates took advantage of an undermanned Columbus Blue Jackets outfit. With starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky out of the Blue Jackets lineup with a broken finger, Ottawa scored five times against Curtis McElhinney in a 5-2 victory. The 5-2-1 Senators snapped a 2-2 tie with three goals in the third period to halt a two-game losing skid. MacArthur led the attack with two goals and one assist. Bobrovsky, who had started seven of Columbus’ first eight games and boasted a 2.81 goals-against average, will be sidelined one to two weeks.
The news wasn’t all good for Ottawa, which could be minus forward Eric Gryba in the near future should he be suspended for elbowing Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov in the head. Gryba was given a five-minute major and game misconduct at 8:04 of the second period while Anisimov, who has a history of head injuries, left the game with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. Gryba was suspended two games for his hit on Montreal forward Lars Eller in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final in 2013.
Maple Leafs set franchise mark
Perhaps showing the wears of three games on the West Coast, the Buffalo Sabres mustered just 10 shots in a 4-0 loss at Toronto. The 10 shots allowed were the fewest in Maple Leafs history. Toronto remained unbeaten at 4-0 when Phil Kessel scores a goal. Tyler Bozak and Kessel each had a goal and an assist for the 4-4-1 Leafs, who are 2-4-0 on home ice. Jonathan Bernier recorded the shutout and defenceman Morgan Rielly chipped in with two assists. The 2-8-0 Sabres were 0-for-2 on the power play and are 0-for-32 on the season. Buffalo entered the game having allowed an NHL-high 36.7 shots per outing and surrendered 37 to Toronto.
Eight is plenty for Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins overcome a 3-1 deficit to the visiting New Jersey Devils with seven unanswered goals. Seven different Penguins found the back of the net and seven posted two-point performances. Captain Sidney Crosby scored twice and tops Pittsburgh with 14 points in eight contests. Evgeni Malkin also scored to extend his points streak to eight games (four goals, seven assists). The Penguins (5-2-1) have also killed their opponents’ past 18 power plays after New Jersey (4-3-2) missed on each of its three chances. Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who has appeared in all nine of New Jersey’s games this season, allowed five goals on 23 shots and was replaced by Scott Clemmensen.