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Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Carey Price needed to make just 18 stops to help the Montreal Canadiens take a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Max Pacioretty scored twice while Jeff Halpern and Andrei Markov each scored for the Canadiens, who have won three straight and hold a three-point lead over Boston for first place in the Northeast Division.

Jordan Staal had the lone goal of the game for the Hurricanes, who have dropped eight of their last nine games and remain four points behind Winnipeg for first place in the Southeast Division. Justin Peters was charged with three goals on 28 shots in the loss.