MONTREAL (AP) — Michael Ryder and Tomas Plekanec scored in the first period and Carey Price made 34 saves and the Montreal Canadiens shut out the New York Rangers 3-0 on Saturday night.
Brendan Gallagher also scored while P.K. Subban had three assists for the Canadiens, who swept their three games with New York this season, outscoring the Rangers 9-1.
The Canadiens moved three points ahead of Boston for first place in the Northeast Division.
The Rangers, the NHL's lowest-scoring team, were coming off a 3-0 shutout loss in Ottawa on Thursday night. Once again, they failed to score for goalie Martin Biron, who has seen his team shut out in his past four starts in Montreal since 2011.
Price, who was pulled from a 6-5 win in Boston on Wednesday, got his third shutout of the season and 19th of his career.