Pacioretty's late goal enough for Canadiens
NEW YORK – Carey Price had an early feeling that one goal might be enough to settle the latest matchup between his Montreal Canadiens and Original Six foe the New York Rangers.
Price outdueled Henrik Lundqvist, and earned a key victory on the strength of Max Pacioretty's goal with 4 minutes, 17 seconds left that lifted Montreal to a 1-0 victory on Thursday night.
"I actually thought about that in the first intermission," Price said. "Hank was playing really well."
Pacioretty sent a wrist shot from above the right circle between the legs of defenseman Ryan McDonagh that appeared to surprise Lundqvist before squeezing inside the right post for his 22nd goal.
"I don't expect him to shoot," Lundqvist said. "When I am about to push to my left, I got stuck in the post. There is no excuse."
That goal gave Price his 26th win and third shutout of the season in a stellar 24-save effort.
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