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Canadiens beat Blues to stay ahead in NHL East

February 25, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Montreal kept its nose ahead in the close race for top place in the NHL Eastern Conference by winning 5-2 at St. Louis on Tuesday, as goaltender Carey Price set a franchise record winning streak for the Canadiens.

The defeat saw St. Louis slide nine points behind Central Division leader Nashville, which had a comfortable home win over Colorado.

The Canadiens have won nine of ten and remained a point ahead of the New York Islanders, which overran Arizona. The New York Rangers also kept up the pace with a tight win over Calgary, while on the other side of the country, Los Angeles extended its winning streak to eight by beating Detroit.

Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher had two goals apiece while Price won his ninth-straight road game, breaking the franchise record he had shared with Rogie Vachon, who set it 46 years ago.

David Backes and T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues, who conceded the first goal in eight consecutive home games.

Nashville padded its lead atop the league standings to six points by defeating Colorado 5-2.

Calle Jarnkrok, Craig Smith, Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators, who clinched the season series against the Avalanche.

Nathan MacKinnon and John Mitchell scored for Colorado.

The New York Rangers won 1-0 against Calgary, with Kevin Hayes breaking a scoreless tie 3:00 into the third period.

Cam Talbot made 21 saves to earn his fourth shutout this season and seventh in his NHL career. He improved to 7-1-2 in place of injured No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

The Rangers did it without leading scorer Rick Nash (neck spasms), who missed his first game of the season.

Surging Los Angeles made it eight straight by downing Detroit 1-0, holding on after Justin Williams’ early power-play goal.

Jonathan Quick posted his fourth shutout of the season, He has allowed just five goals in the past five games and increased his club-record shutout total to 35. Quick had won only one of his previous nine games against the Red Wings, having conceded an average 3.44 goals against.

Chicago lost Patrick Kane to an injury in the first period and then blew a two-goal lead before escaping with a shootout victory to beat Florida 3-2.

Jonathan Toews scored in regulation and the tiebreaker to help Chicago stop a three-game losing streak. Kris Versteeg scored in the second period.

Vincent Trocheck and Jussi Jokinen scored in the third period for the Panthers, who had lost three in a row.

Vancouver’s Zack Kassian scored the winner early in the third period as the Canucks beat struggling Boston 2-1.

Goalie Eddie Lack made 40 saves and Ryan Stanton had Vancouver’s other goal.

Daniel Paille scored 1:05 into the game for Boston’s only goal despite getting 41 shots. The Bruins have won only once in their past nine games.

Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry put in his own rebound to break a second-period tie and help the Jets beat Dallas 4-2.

The New York Islanders downed Arizona 5-1, with Matt Martin and Johnny Boychuk scoring less than a minute apart early in the third to break open a tied game.

Edmonton’s Benoit Pouliot scored both his team’s goals as the Oilers won 2-1 at Minnesota, arresting the Wild’s three-game streak.

Carolina celebrated goalie Cam Ward’s 500th NHL game by beating Philadelphia 4-1, with Justin Faulk providing a goal and an assist.

Buffalo rediscovered its scoring touch to win 4-2 at Columbus, with Zemgus Girgensons having a goal and an assist before leaving with a leg injury.

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