Khabibulin lowered his goals against average to 0.98 -- the lowest after nine games for any goalie since the NHL expanded in 1967-68 -- and made 11 saves in the final period to pace the Oilers.
Max Pacioretty pulled the Canadiens to within a goal with marker 22 seconds later, but Ryan Smyth iced it for the Northwest Division-leading Oilers with an empty-netter.
Carey Price stopped 11-of-13 shots for the Habs.
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