Carey Price rebounds from bad game as Canadiens win


WASHINGTON—Carey Price bounced back from getting pulled the night before, making 20 saves as the Montreal Canadiens snapped the Washington Capitals’ six-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Saturday night.Price returned to his usual, elite form and Artturi Lehkonen and Jeff Petry scored for Montreal. The 2014-15 Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender beat last season’s winner, Braden Holtby of the Capitals, who stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced. The Caps lost in regulation time for the first time since Dec. 3.A day after glaring at Michel Therrien after Montreal’s coach yanked him for allowing four goals on 18 shots in a lacklustre home loss to San Jose, Price made big stops on T.J. Oshie, Marcus Johansson and former teammate Lars Eller. Before the game, Caps coach Barry Trotz said he expected Price to “come back and make a statement,” adding that “If there’s one area that I know they’re going to be good tonight, it’s going be in net.” He wasn’t wrong.Article Continued BelowOn the Hockey Night in Canada telecast, commentator Don Cherry said Therrien should have waited until the second intermission to bench Price, instead of embarrassing him in front of the Bell Centre crowd.“You get them out at the right time,” said Cherry. “(Hall of famer) Kenny Dryden in my book said that yes, he got pulled once by (former Canadiens head coach) Scotty Bowman but he never got pulled during the game. You never get pulled during the game. … You don’t pull a guy like that.”Cherry also took a run at Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin, who threw a hip check at Avalanche forward Joe Colborne with less than four minutes remaining in Montreal’s 10-1 win over Colorado on Dec. 10. The hit sent Colborne flipping through the air and Emelin then shoved Avs veteran forward Jarome Iginla, who chased the Habs player, trying to fight him.

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