Sharks gobble up Canadiens as Price is pulled

Montreal defenceman Nathan Beaulieu felt like the entire team let down Carey Price.

Sharks 4 Canadiens 2

MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal defenceman Nathan Beaulieu felt like the entire team let down Carey Price.

Price was pulled in the second period after conceding four goals on 18 shots against the San Jose Sharks in Montreal’s 4-2 loss Friday night. It was the first time Price was pulled when healthy since Oct. 13, 2014.

“None of the goals were his fault,” Beaulieu said. “Guys were just not picking up sticks around the net. Tap-ins from the crease are just unacceptable. They just can’t happen.

“It wasn’t Price getting pulled because Price wasn’t good enough. He’s the best player in the world and he’s our best player. It had nothing to do with him. It was us.”

As he walked to the dressing room, Price glared at the bench, presumably at coach Michel Therrien.

“We pulled him to send a message to the players,” Therrien said. “I didn’t like how they were playing in front of him. It made no sense to keep Price in there. I also had to think about tomorrow’s game.

This was the first game of a back-to-back for Montreal. The team travels to Washington to face the Capitals on Saturday. Still looking for 250th NHL win, Price will get the start in that game.

David Schlemko, Patrick Marleau, Timo Meier and Melker Karlsson scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones made 26 saves. The Sharks have won four in a row, starting their four-game trip with shootout victories in Toronto and Ottawa on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

“Good start,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “They’ve been sitting around waiting for us this week. We talked a lot about how we better be prepared for their start. Our guys really got out of the gate.”

Brian Flynn and Jeff Petry scored in the third period for Montreal, and Al Montoya made five saves in relief of Price. The Canadiens are 1-7-1 against San Jose in the past six years.

Just Posted

Alberta hiring more paramedics and buying new ambulances, none for Red Deer

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer is not concerned the provincial government didn’t… Continue reading

‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

CALGARY — A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this… Continue reading

Halifax airport operations normalize after Boeing 747 runway overshoot

HALIFAX — The Halifax Stanfield International Airport has resumed normal operations a… Continue reading

Bentley family left without a home grateful for community support

Central Albertans are coming together to support a Bentley family left homeless… Continue reading

Red Deer RCMP ready for new mandatory alcohol screening law

Red Deer RCMP are ready to enforce a new law intended to… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer and District Kennel Club Dog Show at Westerner Park

The Red Deer and District Kennel Club is holding a dog show… Continue reading

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff… Continue reading

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain… Continue reading

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

Brothers, 20, face second-degree murder charge in death of teen: police

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say two brothers have been… Continue reading

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

WASHINGTON — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit… Continue reading

TTC union asks provincial government to step in on transition to Presto

TORONTO — The union representing transit workers in Canada’s most populous city… Continue reading

Small pot growers find roadblocks on path to microcultivation licences

Yan Boissonneault’s daughter was turning blue. Without warning, his baby had stopped… Continue reading

Most Read