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Smith's goal in Sharks debut helps San Jose snap 8-game home skid with 4-0 win over Canadiens

  • San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) celebrates with teammate Tomas Hertl (48) after Vlasic assisted on a goal by Ben Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 2, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) celebrates with teammate Tomas Hertl (48) after Vlasic assisted on a goal by Ben Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 2, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock, top, deflects a shot next to Montreal Canadiens' Dale Weise (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 2, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock, top, deflects a shot next to Montreal Canadiens' Dale Weise (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 2, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Jeff Petry is pressed against the boards by a San Jose Sharks player during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 2, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Montreal Canadiens' Jeff Petry is pressed against the boards by a San Jose Sharks player during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 2, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Ben Smith scored just hours after being acquired by San Jose in a deadline deal and the Sharks shut out Montreal for the third straight meeting in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens on Monday night.

Joe Pavelski, Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who snapped an eight-game home losing streak by beating the top team in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Stalock made 20 saves for his fourth career shutout and first win since Jan. 6 at Minnesota. That performance followed Antti Niemi's two shutouts against the Canadiens last year, giving San Jose three straight shutouts against a single opponent for the second time in team history.

The Canadiens got off to a bad start on their four-game West Coast trip as they were outplayed from the start against San Jose. Carey Price made 33 saves and snapped his franchise record 10-game road winning streak.