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Canadiens cruise past Philadelphia

The Canadiens’ Andrei Kostitsyn (left) celebrates with Max Pacioretty (67), who scored twice as Montreal routed the Flyers. The Canadiens’ Andrei Kostitsyn (left) celebrates with Max Pacioretty (67), who scored twice as Montreal routed the Flyers. (Ryan Remiorz/Associated Press/The Canadian Press)
Associated Press / October 27, 2011

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Carey Price made 21 saves for his 100th win and Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, and the Canadiens ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Flyers last night in Montreal.

Pacioretty assisted on Andrei Kostitsyn’s goal 10:26 into the second and scored 2:12 later to make it 3-1. He added his second goal of the game in the third.

Yannick Weber scored a power-play goal late in the first period to tie it at 1. Michael Cammalleri also scored for Montreal, which got its first win in six games at the Bell Centre (1-3-2).

The Canadiens, who are 2-5-2 overall, had not gone this deep into a season before claiming their second win since 1941-42, when they got off to a 1-10-1 start.

Jaromir Jagr scored his third goal in two games for Philadelphia, which played its first game without injured captain Chris Pronger. Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves.

Canadiens assistant coach Perry Pearn was fired before the game. General manager Pierre Gauthier told his players the news in the team’s dressing room a few hours before the pregame warmup.

The Canadiens failed to score on their first opportunity after Philadelphia was called for too many men 58 seconds in.

Jagr soured the sold-out Bell Centre crowd’s somber mood further when he put the Flyers up, 1-0, at 10:43 on a goal sealed with his trademark salute.

Weber sent a jolt of energy through the building with 2.6 seconds left in the first when he drove a point shot inside the left post for his second goal and Montreal’s fourth power-play goal of the season.

Kostitsyn got credit for putting the Canadiens up, 2-1, midway through the second. Daniel Briere’s clearing attempt went in off Kostitsyn’s right skate, prompting a video review that upheld the goal.

Pacioretty, who left Monday night’s 2-1 loss to Florida late in the second with an upper-body injury, made it a two-goal lead at 12:38 when a redirected puck left him a shot at an open right side for his third goal.

He made it 4-1 with his second goal of the game - his fourth of the season - 3:16 into the third. Cammalleri increased the lead to four with his third goal at 15:36.

Blues 3, Canucks 0 - Alexander Steen scored twice and goaltender Brian Elliott made 32 saves to help St. Louis win in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Elliott, who signed a free-agent contract as a backup with St. Louis this summer, improved his record to 4-0-0. It was his first shutout of the season and 10th of his career.

The victory improved the Blues’ record to 5-4-0. St. Louis has won three consecutive games, all with Elliott starting.

Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider faced 31 shots. The Stanley Cup finalist Canucks lost their second game in as many nights and saw their record drop to 4-5-1.

Flames 4, Avalanche 2 - Rene Bourque scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff made 34 saves to lead host Calgary over Colorado.

Roman Horak scored his first NHL goal and added an assist for Calgary. Lee Stempniak got his first goal of the season in the second period.

Kyle Quincey and Ryan Wilson scored for Colorado, which had won six straight road games. The Avalanche were one short of the franchise record for consecutive wins away from home.

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