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Price rebounds to help Habs halt Capitals winning streak

Carey Price was, understandably, not pleased with what occurred Friday against the San Jose Sharks.

He clearly didn’t like getting pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots, which led Price to glare toward his own bench as he left the ice for the locker room.

Oh, the controversy!

On Saturday, facing a Washington Capitals team that had won six straight, Price was back to his usual self, stopping 20 of 21 shots faced as the Habs won by a final score of 2-1. The only goal he allowed was courtesy of Nicklas Backstrom on a five-on-three passing play that Price had virtually no chance of stopping.

But when the Habs needed a solid performance from their star goalie, even if this wasn’t his busiest night, Price stepped up and delivered, helping to increase Montreal’s lead in the Atlantic Division.

That is Price’s 250th career win.

There were some nervous moments Saturday for Habs fans.

Shea Weber hobbled to the bench in obvious pain after blocking a shot late in the second period. He briefly left the game, but did return at the beginning of the third period.

Jeff Petry‘s goal, just over two minutes after Backstrom’s power play equalizer, proved to be the winner for the Habs.

Blackhawks’ Anisimov leaves game versus Blues with unspecified injury

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The Chicago Blackhawks will be without Artem Anisimov for the remainder of Saturday’s game against the rival St. Louis Blues.

Anisimov left the game after the first period and didn’t return with an unspecified injury.

That could be a tough loss for the Blackhawks, as they look to maintain their lead in the Central Division standings.

In 31 games this season, Anisimov had 14 goals and 27 points.

Torts returns to Vancouver, where he can reach milestone win No. 500

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Three years ago, the Vancouver Canucks were in the midst of an impressive run, with wins in eight of 10 games. John Tortorella was the coach.

And then, it quickly turned into a nightmare season for the Canucks.

Injuries piled up. Tortorella stormed the Calgary Flames dressing room and was subsequently suspended. Vancouver fell out of a playoff spot. Mike Gillis lost his job as GM. Tortorella was eventually fired after Trevor Linden took over as president, but not before the fiery bench boss referred to the Canucks core as “stale.”

It was a disaster.

On Sunday, Tortorella returns to Vancouver coaching the Columbus Blue Jackets. The same Blue Jackets that have won eight in a row and are challenging the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins for top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

Torts, who coached the U.S. World Cup team, which also met with an embarrassing result, is on the verge of career win No. 500.

His controversial (and brief) tenure in Vancouver is still talked about. It only adds to the plot that Torts can, against the Canucks, reach this career milestone when many have, for some time, speculated about his place in the game.

“But what you remember most is how he gets engaged. He’s definitely someone who cares about winning. He wants to win at all costs,” Canucks forward Jannik Hansen told The Province ahead of Sunday’s meeting against the Blue Jackets.

“You win, it’s the greatest thing ever. You lose? It’s the … well … something is going to blow up.”

In a twist from the past, the Blue Jackets haven’t been doing much losing this season. They have a 19-5-4 record. They are among the best in the league when it comes to goals for (3rd in the NHL, 3.32 GF/GP) and goals against (2nd in the NHL, 2.04 GA/GP).

Sergei Bobrovsky has been stellar in net. The Blue Jackets are getting contributions from young players like Alexander Wennberg and Zach Werenski, and veterans on good deals like Sam Gagner.

Three years later, and Torts is coaching another team on a roll. At the start of this season, the odds said he’d be the first coach fired. How quickly things can change.

Subban (upper-body injury) out of Predators lineup versus Rangers

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There will be plenty of intrigue when the Nashville Predators host the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Jimmy Vesey isn’t exactly expecting a warm welcome from the fans in Nashville — after what transpired earlier this year when he transitioned from college to the professional ranks.

For the Predators, a team looking to get back into a Wild Card position in the Western Conference, they will be without the dynamic P.K. Subban, who is reportedly day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

In 29 games this season — his first in Nashville — Subban has seven goals and 17 points.

The Predators are four points back of the Calgary Flames for the final Wild Card spot in the West.

Matt Murray takes over in net after Fleury cut by skate (Updated)

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There was a scary moment for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Toronto on Saturday.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had to leave the game early in the first period after apparently getting cut near the chin or neck by the skate of James van Riemsdyk, as the Toronto forward battled in the crease.

Matt Murray was forced into the game — at least for the moment — as Fleury went to the locker room.

Updated: Good news for the Penguins, as Fleury has returned to the game.