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San Jose Sharks throttle Canadiens 4-0 (w/video)

  • Tyler Kennedy (81) battles for the puck against Montreal Canadiens left wing Rene Bourque (17) during the first period on Saturday. (TONY AVELAR / Associated Press)

SAN JOSE — Tommy Wingels scored two goals and Antti Niemi shut Montreal out for the second time this season in the San Jose Sharks 4-0 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Matt Nieto also scored and Logan Couture had a goal and two assists for the Sharks, who have won seven straight home games against Montreal since last losing here to the Canadiens in 1999.

Niemi made 27 saves to follow up his 2-0 victory in Montreal in October with another shutout.

Peter Budaj was knocked out after allowing two goals in less than 22 minutes as Montreal lost for the third time in four games on a road trip to Arizona and California. The Canadiens hope to have gold medal-winning goalie Carey Price back from a lower-body injury on their upcoming homestand that begins Wednesday night against Boston.

San Jose took control of the game in a dominant second period, getting goals from Wingels and Nieto in the first half of the period to go up 3-0.

Wingels' second goal of the game came when he deflected a point shot from Matt Nieto and led coach Michel Therrien to give an early hook to Budaj, who allowed two goals on the first 11 shots.

The change to Dustin Tokarski failed to generate the spark Therrien was seeking as the Sharks continued to attack with the two-goal lead and expanded it when Patrick Marleau set up Nieto for a one-timer from the slot midway through the period.

Nieto set up Couture for his 18th goal in the opening minute of the third period to put the game out of reach.

Niemi, making consecutive starts for the first time since Feb. 1-3, was not tested often but was up to the task when challenged, including an early pad save on P.K. Subban and on a short-handed breakaway by Tomas Plekanec late in the third.

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