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ANAHEIM Womens Kyle Palmieri Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens rested star goalie Carey Price against powerful San Jose this week, allowing him to go for the franchise wins record against struggling Anaheim instead.Judging from the snowman they put on the scoreboard, the Ducks took it personally.Adam Henrique scored twice, rookie Troy Terry had a goal and two assists, and the Ducks interrupted Price’s pursuit of Jacques Plante’s mark with an 8-2 thrashing of the Canadiens on Friday night.Corey Perry and Devin Shore had a goal and an assist apiece during the Ducks’ highest-scoring performance of their miserable season. Doing it against a rested Price made the moment even more satisfying for the Ducks, who believe they’re far better than the team that just emerged from two terrible months on the brink of elimination from the playoff race.“They saved him for tonight, so we kind of took that as a challenge,” Henrique said. “You never want to be the team that somebody thinks they can come into your building and win.”Daniel Sprong and Rickard Rakell also scored and John Gibson made 35 saves for the Ducks, who have won three of four for only the second time since mid-December. Rookie Max Jones even scored his first NHL goal with 10.4 seconds to play.“We’ve put ourselves in quite a spot, but all we can focus on is the present,” said Cam Fowler, who became the Ducks’ career scoring leader among defensemen with an assist.Shea Weber had a power-play goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who have lost five of eight. Paul Byron also scored and Price stopped 21 shots as Montreal completed a three-game California road swing with two losses while giving up a whopping 14 goals.After getting a rare night off Thursday against the Sharks, Price was in position to become the winningest goalie in the Canadiens’ storied history after tying Plante’s record with his 314th win Tuesday in Los Angeles. Instead, Price gave up eight goals in a game for the first time this season behind his befuddled defense.At least now the 31-year-old former NHL MVP will get the chance to reach the mark in front of his Montreal fans on Tuesday against the Red Wings.“I think it’s going to sting for a little bit here,” Weber said. “We are fortunate we have some time to digest it and get a little work in before Tuesday, because that was obviously not good enough.”This blowout loss stalled the Canadiens’ playoff push. Montreal and Carolina are in the two Eastern Conference wild-card spots with 79 points apiece — but the Hurricanes and ninth-place Columbus Blue Jackets http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authe...ard-jersey , who have 77 points, both have two games in hand on the Habs.“I think tonight was one of those nights where we dug ourselves a hole, and again, we didn’t seem to be on our game,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said. “A lot of things didn’t pan out tonight for us because of our play. … The biggest thing right now is that the last couple of weeks we have been on the road. I think it’s cumulative of all that stuff and it kind of caught up with us there.”Weber trimmed Anaheim’s lead to 3-2 in the second period with the Canadiens’ first power-play goal in seven games since Feb. 23, but Terry and Perry scored later in the second.Fowler passed Scott Niedermayer with his 265th career point when Terry redirected his shot for a goal. Fowler has spent his entire nine-season NHL career in Anaheim, cracking the roster as an 18-year-old in 2010 and immediately becoming a dependable part of the Ducks’ core.In his 17th NHL game, Jones got his first goal in the waning seconds.“The amount of chances I had was ridiculous,” Jones said. “It was unbelievable. To finally get that was a sigh of relief.”NOTES: Anaheim scored at least eight goals for the fifth time in franchise history. … Ducks C Ryan Kesler was a late scratch with a hip injury. He missed much of last season while recovering from hip surgery, and has scored just eight points while playing in 60 games this season, including the 1,000th of his NHL career Tuesday at Arizona. The 34-year-old Selke Trophy winner has three seasons and $20,625,000 left on his contract. … Montreal forward Tomas Tatar sat out with the flu, and D Brett Kulak was scratched for the first time in 33 games since Dec. 20. Jesperi Kotkaniemi was back in the lineup, and D Mike Reilly returned from a five-game absence. … Sprong was born in the Netherlands, but his family moved to the Montreal area when he was 7 years old to further his hockey development.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.Ducks: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. CALGARY Anthony Mantha Jersey , Alberta — In search of their fourth straight win, the Calgary Flames will host the Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-3) at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.Following a disappointing 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on Oct. 25, the Flames (8-5-1) bounced back with a much better effort two nights later at the Saddledome, although they fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Washington Capitals.The Flames then won back-to-back road games over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres before rallying with five goals in the third period on Thursday at home to beat the visiting Colorado Avalanche 6-5.Article continues below ...“The guys have been very resilient here recently and that’s a good attribute to have,” said Calgary coach Bill Peters, while adding that his players got away from what they do best in the loss to the Penguins. “It didn’t pay off for us, so I think we’ve learned our lesson in that regard. Now we have the ability to stay with it and keep doing it and be patient … and be patient in an intelligent fashion and that’s what we’ve been here in the last couple weeks.”Flames captain Mark Giordano helped lead the come-from-behind charge over Colorado with a goal and three assists.“Down 4-1, that’s a big comeback in the third, for sure,” said the veteran defenseman, who has put up eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past four games. “It just felt like we weren’t even satisfied tying it up, to be honest. We kept coming, we kept pushing. I felt like even when we went up we kept pushing and we got another one, which ended up being a huge goal.”According to Giordano, the embarrassing loss to the Penguins might have just been what the Flames needed to turn things around.“It was a good kick for us,” he said. “Any time you get beat like that at home Darren Helm Jersey , it could go either way. I thought we responded well. We looked at that game and realized if we kept playing like that, there would be more of that.”Meanwhile, the Blackhawks will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 4-0 setback in Edmonton to the Oilers on Thursday, just one night after they fell 4-2 to the Canucks in Vancouver.“It’s just one of those things that builds character, and we’ve got to stay with it and find ways to build confidence from within no matter what,” said Chicago captain Jonathan Toews after the loss to the Oilers. “Tough results these last two nights. There’s some good there, but obviously still a lot of room to improve.”Toews also noted that he and his teammates will have to find a way to break out of their recent slump that has seen them go 0-3-1 in their past four outings.“That’s our job is to kind of rise above that,” Toews said. “We’ve talked a lot about wanting to be that team that’s resilient and sticks with it in games when we’re down, especially on the road, that we can find ways to win in ugly games where maybe we’re not the dominant team.”Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said that the message to his players was for them not to be satisfied with their recent play.“Everything we tried to do (against the Oilers), nothing worked,” Quenneville said. “We’ll continue trying things when it’s not going in our direction. We need to work, we need some production and we need to get excitement in the game when we’re generating chances.”
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