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Canadiens' Price makes 30 saves for 7th shutout

Carey Price made 30 saves for his seventh shutout of the season and Andrei Kostitsyn and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Hal Gill and David Desharnais also scored for the Canadiens, who have won four of their last five. Travis Moen and James Wisniewski each had two assists.

The goal was Gill's first in 100 games, dating to Dec. 31, 2009, when he scored in the same building.

Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun lasted only 8:54 before he was pulled after giving up two goals on three shots. Backup Scott Clemmensen made 25 saves.

The Panthers, who dealt four veterans at the trading deadline, lost for the 15th time in 20 games (5-11-4).

Florida has scored six goals in its last six games, including one it was awarded when it won a shootout at Atlanta on Friday night. The Panthers were shut out for the fourth time this season.

Price's shutout, the 11th of his career, moved him into a tie with Boston's Tim Thomas for second in the NHL this season. The New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist is the leader with eighth.

The pro-Canadiens crowd at the BankAtlantic began chants of "Ca-rey! Ca-rey!" after Price stopped Stephen Weiss on a breakaway late in the second period and again in the third period after he stopped a couple of shots during a goal-mouth scramble.

Kostitsyn, whose goal chased Vokoun, extended his points streak to five games after he had gone nine games without a goal or an assist. Kostitsyn set up Gill's goal 5:02 into the game with a nice diagonal cross-ice pass to the point. Gill beat Vokoun with a slap shot through traffic.

Kostitsyn then beat Vokoun with a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle that bounced in off the far post.

Desharnais scored at 4:59 of the second period on a strange goal.

After Benoit Pouliot intercepted the puck near the Florida blue line, his pass went off a stick and high into the air. Desharnais gloved the puck and then fired a soft backhander while being taken down to the ice by defenseman Keaton Ellerby. The puck somehow managed to get past Clemmensen.

Eller closed out the scoring at 3:21 of the third when he tipped in Moen's backhand pass from the corner.

NOTES: Florida coach Pete DeBoer remains one win shy of 100 for his career. ... Price extended his career-high victory total to 30. ... Florida was scoreless on the power play for the fifth consecutive game. The Panthers were 0 for 3, extending their drought to 0-for-15.