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Best of NHL: Canadiens ride goalie Carey Price to 3rd straight win

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Best of NHL: Canadiens ride goalie Carey Price to 3rd straight win

MONTREAL -- Carey Price made 25 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night for their third straight win.

Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault scored in the second period for Montreal. Price improved to 3-0-0 while allowing just two goals on 100 shots since he returned last week after missing 10 games with a lower body injury.

Mark Stone scored his 14th goal for Ottawa, which has lost seven games in a row for it's longest skid since also going 0-6-1 in 2012.

The Senators have not won since sweeping a pair of games from Colorado in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 10-11.

Ottawa goalie Mike Condon, pressed into service by Montreal when Price missed most of the 2015-16 season with an injury, started against his former team for the first time and finished with 28 saves (see full recap).

Rask, Bruins hold on to beat Lightning
BOSTON -- Charlie McAvoy and Riley Nash scored first-period goals, Tuukaa Rask made 19 saves to snap his four-game losing streak and the Boston Bruins hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

Torey Krug also scored and Brad Marchand assisted on the first two goals for the Bruins, who opened a 3-0 lead to post their fifth win in six games. Boston improved to 13-3 in its last 16 at home against the Lightning.

Steven Stamkos and Andrej Sustr scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves. Tampa Bay, which entered the game with the NHL's best record, lost for the third time in four games following a season-high five-game winning streak.

Criticized lately for his uneven play combined with recent solid performances by backup Anton Khudobin, Rask raised his record to just 4-8-2 this season. Khudobin is 7-0-2 (see full recap).

MacKinnon nets overtime winner for Avalanche
DENVER -- Nathan MacKinnon scored a power-play goal 59 seconds into overtime after he had a goal waved off 30 seconds earlier, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Wednesday night.

MacKinnon celebrated with his teammates when his shot hit a Jets player and went into the net 29 seconds into the extra period. But replay showed that Colorado was offside.

Thirty seconds later, he hit the back of the net again -- and this one counted.

Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and an assist and Nikita Zadorov also scored for the Avalanche, who improved to 8-2-1 at home this season. MacKinnon also had an assist and finished November with 20 points -- five goals and 15 assists -- in 12 games.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots in his first game since Nov. 18 because of an illness.

Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves. Winnipeg is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games (see full recap).

NHL Notes: Canadiens sign goalie Carey Price to 8-year extension

NHL Notes: Canadiens sign goalie Carey Price to 8-year extension

Carey Price signed an eight-year contract extension Sunday, likely keeping the franchise goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens for the rest of his career.

General manager Marc Bergevin announced the deal on the second day Price was eligible to be extended. Price's new contract begins in 2018-19 and runs through 2025-26.

"I never thought about playing anywhere else," Price said on a conference call. "I never thought about putting on another uniform. I just thought it'd be too weird, I guess."

Imagining Price in any uniform that's not the Canadiens or Team Canada would be difficult given his dominant play over the past several years. So naturally getting him locked up was a top priority for Montreal.

Price won the Hart Trophy as MVP and Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in 2014-15 when he led the NHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

"Nobody has a goaltender like Carey Price," Bergevin said at a news conference in Montreal. "There's a saying we use: `Goalies are not important until you don't have one.' ... It's a position that's hard to find, and we have, if my opinion, one of the best in the business, if not the best."

Price, who turns 30 in August, is 270-175-55 with a 2.40 GAA and .920 save percentage in 509 games over 10 NHL seasons. He bounced back from a knee injury that cost him most of 2015-16 to start 62 games last season, finishing third in Vezina voting (see full story).

Maple Leafs: Marleau comes East on 3-year deal
Patrick Marleau has left the San Jose Sharks to sign an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Marleau will count $6.25 million against the salary cap through the 2019-20 season. General manager Lou Lamoriello announced the signing Sunday, the second day of NHL free agency.

The 37-year-old was considered one of the top free agents available and had been considering his options. Marleau spent his first 17 seasons with the Sharks.

Marleau, the second overall pick in 1997, has 508 goals and 574 assists for 1,082 points in 1,493 NHL games. He had 46 points in playing all 82 games last season.

The signing of Marleau puts the spotlight back on Joe Thornton's status with the Sharks. Thornton is a free agent (see full story).

Capitals: Kuznetsov signs monster extension
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov to a $62.4 million, eight-year deal.

Kuznetsov will count $7.8 million against the salary cap through the 2024-25 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the contract Sunday night.

The 25-year-old Russian, who was a restricted free agent, is now the second-highest paid player for Washington behind captain Alex Ovechkin. Kuznetsov's cap hit surpasses Nicklas Backstrom's $6.7 million.

Kuznetsov had 19 goals and 40 assists for 59 points last season. In 261 NHL games with the Capitals, he has 182 points on 53 goals and 129 assists, and he led the team in points in 2015-16.

MacLellan called Kuznetsov a premier center with "tremendous, skill, speed and tenacity needed to win in the NHL (see full story)."

Golden Knights: Kruger acquired from Blackhawks
CHICAGO -- The Vegas Golden Knights have landed Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, after all.

Two weeks after not selecting Kruger in the NHL expansion draft, Vegas gave up undisclosed future considerations to acquire the two-time Stanley Cup-winner in a trade with the Blackhawks on Sunday.

Used primarily as a checking-line forward, Kruger had five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 70 games last season. Overall, he has 33 goals and 72 assists for 105 points in 398 games over seven seasons.

Kruger's departure frees up much-needed salary cap space for the Blackhawks a season after signing him to a three-year $9.25 million contract.

The Golden Knights opened up cap space to add Kruger a day earlier when they traded defenseman Alexei Emelin to Nashville (see full story).

Best of NHL: Canadiens rout Red Wings in shutout

Best of NHL: Canadiens rout Red Wings in shutout

MONTREAL -- Carey Price made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-0 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to four games.

Phillip Danault, Paul Byron, Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw and Max Pacioretty scored to help NHL-leading Montreal improve to 13-1-1. Shaw added two assists for his first multipoint game with the Canadiens.

Jimmy Howard gave up five goals on 25 shots for Detroit before being replaced by Petr Mrazek at the start of the third period. Mrazek made 12 saves in relief. The Red Wings dropped to (8-7-1.

Montreal has opened with 10 straight victories at Bell Centre, a franchise record for consecutive home victories to start a season. The previous record was established in 1953 (see full recap).

Crosby, Rust help Penguins pull away from Maple Leafs
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust scored in the third period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins pull away for a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz also scored and Matt Murray stopped 34 shots as Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in nine games.

Zach Hyman scored for the Maple Leafs and Frederik Anderson had 45 saves in his second start in two nights. Toronto has won just once in its last eight on the road.

Rust made it 3-1 at 6:58 of the third period when he took a feed from Crosby at the faceoff dot and put a shot on Andersen. He got his own rebound and darted to the net, sweeping a shot past Andersen's outstretched pad (see full recap).

Marchessault ties it, Malgin wins it as Panthers beat Isles
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Marchessault tied the game with 13.6 seconds left in regulation and Denis Malgin scored late in overtime, helping the Florida Panthers beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday night.

Florida trailed 2-0 in the third period before getting goals from Kyle Rau and Marchessault.

Marchessault tied it when Jaroslav Halak blocked a shot but let the puck trickle through his pads and in.

Malgin poked in a rebound with 45.8 seconds left in overtime.

Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy scored for New York and Halak had 40 saves (see full recap).

Marleau gets goal after 2 reviews, Sharks beat Lightning 3-1
TAMPA, Fla. -- Patrick Marleau scored, then waited nearly 10 minutes for his goal to end up on the board.

It finally got there, and the San Jose Sharks kept rolling on this impressive road trip.

Marleau had a goal that required two video reviews, Martin Jones made 25 saves and the Sharks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Saturday night.

Tommy Wingels and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who are 3-0 midway through a six-game road trip. San Jose is 11-3-1, including 6-1-1 on the road, against Tampa Bay since 2006 (see full recap).