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NHL roundup: Canadiens win to pad their lead

Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game.

AP/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson

Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game.

Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game to lead Montreal to a 4-1 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night, giving the Canadiens a 3-point lead over the idle Bruins in the race for the Northeast Division title.

Max Pacioretty scored twice and Andrei Markov and Jeff Halpern also scored for Montreal, which swept the season series against Carolina and remains undefeated in 10 games against the Southeast.

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Jordan Staal scored and Justin Peters stopped 25 shots for Carolina, which has just one win in its past nine games.

Rangers 4, Jets 2 — Derek Stepan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead New York over Winnipeg at Madison Square Garden.

Ryan Callahan had a goal and three assists as the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak, picking up 2 vital points in their fight to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Oilers 4, Flames 1 — Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists as host Edmonton continued its drive for a playoff spot by winning its fourth in a row. Taylor Hall, Ryan Jones, and Nail Yakupov also scored for the Oilers, who are on a 7-2-2 run.

The Oilers kept pace in the tight Western playoff race, sitting in a tie with Columbus, 1 point back of eighth-place St. Louis.

Sharks 3, Canucks 2 — Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist during a second-period scoring flurry as host San Jose won its fifth straight.

San Jose broke a scoreless tie with three goals in a span of 2:13 against goaltender Cory Schneider, then held on and completed a season sweep of Vancouver.

Red Wings 3, Avalanche 2 — Damien Brunner ended his 15-game scoring drought and Jimmy Howard robbed PA Parenteau with seven seconds to play as host Detroit held off Colorado.

Blues 4, Wild 1 — Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist, Brian Elliott stepped in and made 19 saves, and host St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Minnesota.

Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak left the game with 12.5 seconds to go in the first period after sprawling to try and make a save on a slap shot. Halak had missed time previously this season with a groin injury.

Blackhawks 3, Predators 2 — Defenseman Michal Rozsival, who hasn’t scored this season, connected in the fifth round of the shootout as host Chicago beat Nashville.

Ducks 4, Stars 0 —Viktor Fasth made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading visiting Anaheim over reeling Dallas, which is 1-3-0 in its last four outings — allowing 16 goals in the process.

Islanders 3, Devils 1 — Frans Nielsen set up two early goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves as New York continued its playoff push with a victory over host New Jersey.

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