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Emerson Etem

Price exits after 2 periods but Canadiens beat Rangers 5-1

When star goalie Carey Price exited after two periods with a recurring injury, the Montreal Canadiens responded.

Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Galchenyuk scored in the opening 1:29 of the third, and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 5-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

"You want to keep your foot on the pedal," said Smith-Pelly, who did not know Price was hurt until backup Mike Condon led the team onto the ice with the Canadiens leading 2-1. "Obviously, we knew they were going to come out hard in the third and with a big push and we'd have to score early and kind of take the wind out of them."