MONTREAL (AP) — Manny Malhotra scored his first goal with the Canadiens, Carey Price made 30 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and Montreal beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Saturday night.
David Desharnais had two goals, and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal (41-16-5), which has won four in a row and 14 of 19.
The Maple Leafs (25-32-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Price, the NHL leader in save percentage and goals-against average, earned his 31st career shutout. Toronto outshot the Canadiens 30-23.
Malhotra scored his in his 53rd game with Montreal at 5:00 of the first period when he took a drop pass from Dale Weise and beat Jonathan Bernier from close range.
Bernier allowed a soft goal at 12:57 when, with the Canadiens up a skater on a delayed penalty call, Plekanec skated in and scored on a wrist shot to the short side.
Desharnais earned his 200th career point when he slid the puck in from a scramble in the crease in which Bernier looked to be bumped by Brendan Gallagher.
Maple Leafs coach Peter Horachek pulled Bernier for an extra attacker with nearly five minutes left, but Desharnais flipped in his second goal of the night and 11th of the season into an empty net with 2:32 left.
Toronto native Devante Smith-Pelly, acquired this week from Anaheim, played in his first home game with the Canadiens.
NOTES: Montreal RW P.A. Parenteau was cleared to return from a concussion, but coach Michel Therrien made him a healthy scratch along with D Mike Weaver. … D Sergei Gonchar returned after missing six games due to an upper-body injury sustained Feb. 14 against Toronto. … The Maple Leafs scratched C Trevor Smith.
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