Montreal stymies Detroit Red Wings in Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price’s milestone win
MONTREAL (AP) — With a portrait of Jacques Plante hanging just a few feet away, Carey Price passed around the credit for his latest accomplishment.
Price made 20 saves Tuesday night and became the winningest goaltender in the storied history of the Montreal Canadiens, who held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 3-1 victory.
It was win No. 315 for Price, snapping a tie with Plante atop the team leaderboard.
“I’m very proud obviously, first and foremost, to be standing here today with this puck in my hand,” said Price, who earned his 29th win of the season.
Price, who was selected fifth overall by Montreal in the 2005 entry draft, improved to 315-221-67 in 12 seasons with the Canadiens.
Max Domi had two goals and Brett Kulak also scored as the Canadiens (37-26-7) stopped a two-game slide. Tomas Tatar, who played for the Red Wings from 2010-18, had two assists against his former team.
Andreas Athanasiou scored in the third period for Detroit (24-36-10), which has won just once in its past 12 games. Jonathan Bernier stopped 33 shots.
The Red Wings have dropped their last nine games against the Canadiens.
“We had our scoring chances but Carey made some big saves in the third,” Bernier said. “We had the chance to tie it up but we couldn’t find the back of the net. Everyone knows it’s hard right now. We can’t buy any wins. But we have to stick with it. At some point you have to get rewarded.”