Jets shoot blanks against Habs

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save against Jets forward Spencer Machacek at the Bell...

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save against Jets forward Spencer Machacek at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., Feb. 5, 2012. (CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/Reuters)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:59 PM ET

MONTREAL - The Winnipeg Jets hopes of finishing their road trip off strong were crushed by the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon.

Max Pacioretty, Alexei Emelin and Tomas Plekanec scored and Carey Price made 23 saves to propel the Motreal Canadiens to a 3-0 victory over the Jets before a crowd of of 21,273 at the Bell Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The Canadiens scored once on even strength, once while short-handed and once on the power play against a Jets team that has scored only six goals during the past five games and was shutout for the seventh time this season.

With the loss, the Jets slip to 24-24-6 and remain in 10th place with 54 points, but are only five points up on the Canadiens, who are tied for last place in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens won the season series 3-1 over the Jets.

One of the few signs of life for the Jets came late in the second period when Jets leading scorer Blake Wheeler challenged Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban to a fight.

Although not many punches were landed by either player, at least Wheeler showed a little fire on the play with his first fight of the season.

Ondrej Pavelec finished with 20 saves for the Jets, who face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at MTS Centre before heading back on the road for games against the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Jets made one lineup change this afternoon, inserting winger Spencer Machacek for Winkler product Eric Fehr, who has one goal and two points in 29 games this season.

Machacek finished with four shots on goal.


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