The Canadiens goaltender kept the score close Tuesday as he stopped 28 shots, but his teammates couldn’t put a puck behind Cam Talbot, who made 26 saves to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-0 victory at the Bell Centre.
It was the third consecutive game in which the Canadiens failed to score a goal with Price in the net. He was on the short end of a 3-0 decision against the New York Islander in his season debut last week and the Canadiens lost 1-0 to Tampa Bay in the final game of last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.
It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Canadiens, who remain 31st in the overall NHL standings.
The Canadiens got off to a slow start and were hemmed into their own end for most of the first five minutes. The Wild got on the board after Brendan Gallagher took a tripping penalty at 6:05. Kevin Fiala had too much time and space in the slot and beat Price on a setup from Mats Zuccarello for the power-play goal at 6:57. It was Fiala’s 30th of the season.