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Peter Budaj, Price’s backup, has two wins and an overtime loss while starting three games in four nights since Price went down with a suspected groin injury. He was sharp again when he needed to be Saturday night as the Canadiens bounced back after blowing a third-period lead to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Max Pacioretty’s second goal of the game.
“He’s been unbelievable,” Pacioretty said of Budaj, who played for Slovakia at the Winter Games. “He’s kept us in all three games he’s played and he’s made key saves at key moments. That’s probably the most important thing a goalie can do.
“He’s one of the hardest working goalies I’ve ever seen and it’s good to see him get rewarded.”
Alex Galchenyuk scored in the first period and P.K. Subban tied the game and forced OT with a power-play goal at 10:52 of the third for Montreal, which is 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.
Budaj, now 4-1-0 against Toronto in his career, made 22 saves for the win after backstopping Montreal to a 6-5 OT decision Thursday in Pittsburgh and a 2-1 OT loss to Detroit on Wednesday.
He may face even tougher action if he continues to get the starts as the Canadiens leave Sunday on a four-game West Coast road trip. Price is listed as day to day and may be able to return during the trip.
Pacioretty’s game-winner 3:28 into OT when he beat Jonathan Bernier with a high shot from close range that gave Andrei Markov his third assist of the night, came after Bernier slid well out of his net and was called for a delay as he smothered the puck with his glove.
Toronto had started overtime short-handed when Kessel was called for flipping the puck over the glass.
Leafs captain Dion Paneuf would not pin the loss on the officials.
“I’m not going to stand here and say the calls were right, wrong or indifferent,” he said. “If you start complaining about that, that’s an excuse. We showed a lot to come back.”
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