Price's 36 saves help Canadiens beat Coyotes 2-1
By JOSE M. ROMERO
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Carey Price stopped 36 shots to get his 300th career win, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
The Canadiens started the second period on a power play after the Coyotes' Nick Cousins checked Jeff Petry against the boards just before the first period horn. Cousins was whistled for high-sticking on the hit.
Montreal took advantage of the extra man 22 seconds into the second to take a 1-0 lead. Off a draw, Jonathan Drouin passed to Petry, who fed Weber for an uncontested shot from distance that beat Kuemper.
Arizona answered at 6:49 on a power play of its own. Jakob Chychrun tipped the puck out of traffic to Nick Schmaltz, who set up Ekman-Larsson for the Coyotes captain's fourth. Ekman-Larrson now has 13 points in 13 career games against the Canadiens, and his 47 power-play goals since 2013 are most among NHL defensemen.
The Coyotes got close to taking the lead but Price had a number of quick-reflex stops. One of those came off his left leg pad without him seeing the puck.
The Canadiens took the lead for good at 1:16 of the third with Byron's eighth goal.
Notes: Domi, who played three seasons and totaled 135 points with the Coyotes, got two video board welcomes, one each in the first and third periods. He received warm applause and offered a quick wave after the second announcement. ... The Coyotes called up F Conor Garland and G Adin Hill from AHL Tucson before Thursday's game, a day after assigning them to Tucson. Hill was needed as the backup to Kuemper with Calvin Pickard scratched and Antti Raanta likely out for the season.
Canadiens: At Vegas on Saturday, the third game on a six-game trip.
Coyotes: Host Colorado on Saturday to close out a three-game homestand.
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Updated December 20, 2018