Newspaper article The Canadian Press

P.K. Subban Scores in Overtime as Canadiens Get Past Predators 2-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

P.K. Subban Scores in Overtime as Canadiens Get Past Predators 2-1

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Subban OT goal lifts Habs over Preds 2-1

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MONTREAL - Goaltender Carey Price produced a 36-save gem in his return from an injury for the Montreal Canadiens.

Price, who is headed to the all-star game this week in Columbus, saw his team outshot 25-4 through the first 30 minutes only to bounce back with a strong second half and pull out a 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

"You don't want to be looking up at the scoreboard halfway through the game and seeing four shots on net," said Price, who returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury. "But we wound up with 27 shots, so we started getting pucks on net. I think we grabbed more momentum after that."

Alex Galchenyuk tied the game in the third period and P.K. Subban got the winner 4:09 into overtime, both on the power play, as Montreal (29-13-3) won a second game in a row and a third in its last four.

Mike Ribeiro finally beat Price on Nashville's 26th shot of the game at 12:10 of the second period, but Montreal then turned the tables to get the win. Final shots were 37-27 for Nashville, who were without injured star goalie Pekka Rinne for a third game.

"We're not going to play perfect every game," said Price. "As long as we can rope-a-dope a bit when we're not playing well and stay in the game, at least we give ourselves a chance to get that big goal and start grabbing momentum. We've been able to do that this year."

It was the first time in 14 occasions this season that the Central Division leading Predators failed to win coming off a defeat. They lost 5-2 to Detroit in their previous outing on Saturday.

"The first half of the game belonged to the Predators," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. "They played well and showed why they're a top team in the west.

"I don't think we started the game with the right attitude, but we regrouped well. That's what's important."

Nashville scored just after Ribeiro missed an open side after a perfect feed from Filip Forsberg. Price lost his stick on the play, and was beaten by a point shot from Seth Jones that Ribeiro deflected in front of the net.

The Canadiens tied it with Craig Smith sitting out holding call at 2:02 of the third when Subban, a moment after hitting a goalpost, fed Galchenyuk for a re-direct from the edge of the crease past Carter Hutton. …

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