MONTREAL (AP) — P.K. Subban scored on a power play 4:09 into overtime, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night in the last game for both teams before the All-Star break.
Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal (29-13-3), which was coming off a win Saturday against the New York Islanders.
Mike Ribeiro scored for Nashville (30-10-5), which failed to win following a loss for the first time in 14 occasions this season. They were beaten 5-2 by Detroit on Saturday.
Carey Price was back in the Montreal net after missing two games with an upper-body injury and had to be sharp early as Mike Fisher broke in alone. Price made 37 saves.
The All-Star game is Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
Craig Smith was sent off for tripping in overtime, and Subban ended it with a drive from the point for his 11th goal of the season. It was Montreal’s seventh power-play goal in its last four games.
The Predators got on board first. They scored on their 26th shot, at 12:10 of the second period, just after Ribeiro missed an open side following 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.
Montreal tied it 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 on a power play.
The Canadiens got a break midway through the second when the officials called Andrei Markov for high-sticking, only to rule there was no penalty after a replay on the scoreboard showed Olli Jokinen was hit above the left eye by a puck, not a stick.
NOTES: By returning to play, Price signaled he will be ready to play at the All-Star game. … Ribeiro, who began his NHL career in Montreal, has 12 points in 10 games against the Canadiens. … Tom Gilbert returned after sitting out one game, while Mike Weaver was scratched. … Forward Taylor Beck sat out for Nashville.
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