Tomas Plekanec leads Canadiens over Ducks

Canadiens forward Rene Bourque (left) celebrates his third period goal with Brian Gionta (centre)...

Canadiens forward Rene Bourque (left) celebrates his third period goal with Brian Gionta (centre) and P.K. Subban (right) against the Ducks in Montreal on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (Pierre-Paul Poulin/QMI Agency)

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MONTREAL - Tomas Plekanec had a goal and two assists and Carey Price made 31 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Michael Bournival and Brian Gionta each had a goal and an assist and Rene Bourque scored Montreal's second power-play goal of the game 12:39 into the third.

Gionta scored on a two-man advantage midway through the second to put Montreal up 3-0 after Bournival and Plekanec scored in the first.

Patrick Maroon ruined Price's shutout bid at 8:58 of the third with his first goal of the season.

Jonas Hiller made 21 saves for Anaheim, which dropped the first two games of its eight-game road trip.

The Ducks ended a seven-game winning streak Tuesday with a 4-2 loss in Toronto.

Montreal snapped a two-game skid for its fifth win in seven games.

Bournival deflected Beaulieu's slap shot from the left point over Hiller's glove 11:39 into the first, just after Anaheim defenceman Mark Fistric came out of the penalty box to open the scoring at 11:39 of the first.

Fistric was inserted into the Ducks' lineup after he was a healthy scratch for seven straight games.

Bournival assisted on Plekanec's fifth goal at 16:32, which made it 2-0. The puck slid to the Montreal rookie when Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf misfired on a clearing attempt from behind his goal line.

Bournival passed to Plekanec, who drove a one-timer past Hiller from the right side.

Montreal went up 3-0 when Gionta scored 11:49 into the second, 28 seconds into a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage.

Maroon scored on a 2-on-1, beating Price after taking a setup pass from Nick Bonino to make it 3-1.

Bourque restored Montreal's three-goal margin when he finished off a passing play with Gionta and Plekanec.

NOTES: Ducks C Saku Koivu was given a long ovation when he was shown on the video scoreboard during the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner. Koivu, who spent his first 14 seasons with Montreal, was making only his second appearance at the Bell Centre in four seasons with the Ducks. He became the Canadiens' captain before the 1999-2000 season and his length of service in that role was second in team history to Hall of Fame center Jean Beliveau. ... D Ben Lovejoy and C Kyle Palmieri did not dress for Anaheim. ... Canadiens RW George Parros skated with his teammates earlier Thursday for the first time since he suffered a concussion in Montreal's season opener. Parros was injured when his face struck the ice after he fell headfirst at the end of a fight with Toronto's Colton Orr in the Canadiens' 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs on Oct. 1.


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