Carey Price records 43rd NHL career shutout

Carey Price (Lisa Gansky, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Carey Price of Vancouver, British Columbia recorded his 43rd National Hockey League shutout on Saturday. Price made 28 saves as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Price made seven saves in the first period, 15 saves in the second period and six saves in the third period. It was Price’s third shutout of the 2018-19 NHL regular season as he also blanked the Boston Bruins 3-0 on October 27 and the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 on January 3.

In the Canadiens win over the Avalanche, Phillip Danault of Victoriaville, Quebec led the Canadiens in scoring with two assists. Montreal’s game winning goal came from Brett Kulak of Stony Plain, Alberta, who scored a shorthanded marker at 8:21 of the third period from Danault. Jordie Benn of Victoria, British Columbia also scored for the Canadiens with 1:16 left in the third period into an empty net.

With the shutout, Price improves to a record of 17 wins, 13 regulation losses and four losses in extra time in 2018-19. He has a goals against average of 2.67 and a save percentage of .910. Price won the gold medal for Canada in men’s hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 

The Canadiens are currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 53 points. They lead the Buffalo Sabres by one point for the final playoff spot.

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