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NHL: Montreal 7, Winnipeg 3

Jan. 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

MONTREAL, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Lars Eller turned in a career-best effort with four goals Wednesday, propelling the Montreal Canadiens to a 7-3 triumph over Winnipeg.

Eller -- who had scored four times in his first 36 games this season -- matched that total while leading the Canadiens to their largest goal output of the campaign. Montreal had won only once in its previous eight games and scored six times in that victory, Dec. 27 over Ottawa.

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Eller put Montreal in front for good at 2-1 with 5:53 left in the opening period and then scored three times in the span of 8:19 of the third. The last of the goals came on a penalty shot.

Josh Gorges, Tomas Kaberle and Mike Cammalleri also scored for Montreal.

Carey Price made 24 saves in the victory.

Ondrej Pavelec gave up six goals on 24 shots before being removed in favor of Chris Mason.

Winnipeg had a three-game winning streak snapped.

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