TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored twice to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
Louis Domingue stopped 28 shots to help the Lightning end a two-game slide and move back to four points ahead of Boston for the top overall spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Victor Hedman also scored and Steven Stamkos added two assists.
Oilers overcome late collapse, down Ducks 6-5 in shootout
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have been reduced to playing spoiler in the playoff race. It's a role they seem to be relishing, creating plenty of drama along the way.
Ryan Strome scored twice and the Oilers recovered to beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-5 in a shootout Sunday after giving up two goals in the final 21 seconds of regulation.
Darnell Nurse scores twice, Oilers beat Coyotes 4-2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers staggered into the desert with three straight losses and only one victory in eight games — and spotted the lowly Arizona Coyotes an early two-goal lead.
Canadiens trade goalie Al Montoya to Oilers
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens traded goalie Al Montoya to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night for a conditional fourth-round pick this year.
Montreal announced the deal Thursday night shortly after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in a shootout.
The 32-year-old Montoya hasn't played since suffering a concussion on Nov. 4 in Winnipeg. He was 2-1-0 with a 3.77 goals-against average this season for Montreal, and is 65-47-22 with a 2.63 GAA in 159 career NHL games.
Lindgren leads Canadiens to 2-0 victory over Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — Charlie Lindgren kept the Montreal Canadiens in the game until they finally solved Corey Crawford.
Not bad for a 23-year-old goaltender making his first appearance of the season.
Lindgren had 38 saves in his first career shutout, helping the Canadiens beat Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Sunday night.
"We needed a solid performance from Charlie and he gave us that," coach Claude Julien said.
Ovechkin gets historic hat trick, Caps beat Canadiens
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had a historic night, and now he could use a travel agent.
Anything to keep this roll going.
Ovechkin scored four goals to become the first player in 100 years with back-to-back hat tricks to open a season, and the Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 on Saturday night.
Auston Matthews has hat trick in Leafs’ 5-1 win
Auston Matthews and William Nylander are showing no signs of any sophomore slump so far through the pre-season.
Matthews had a hat trick and an assist and Nylander had a goal and two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 in an NHL preseason game on Monday night.
Matthews scored his first goal of the game 47 seconds into the first period. His wrist shot from just inside the blue line went over the right shoulder of Canadiens goaltender Al Montoya.
Power-play goals by Weber, Pacioretty lift Habs over Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The toughest thing Montreal Canadiens goalie Al Montoya had to do against the New Jersey Devils was stay awake.
The Canadiens limited the Devils to a season-low 17 shots, and Shea Weber and Max Pacioretty each scored a power-play goal during a major penalty early in the third period of Montreal's 3-1 victory Friday night.
Danault scores in OT after Gallagher ties it, Canadiens win
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Al Montoya got his first win in six appearance and it came against his former team.
Phillip Danault scored 39 seconds into overtime after Brendan Gallagher tied it late in the third period, leading the Montreal Canadiens over the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Thursday night.
Montoya made 31 saves to record his first win since Oct. 26, against the New York Islanders. Montoya appeared in 45 games for the Panthers from 2014-16.
Sharks chase Carey Price, beat Canadiens 4-2.
MONTREAL (AP) — David Schlemko, Patrick Marleau, Timo Meier and Melker Karlsson scored to chase Carey Price in the second period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Friday night.
Looking for his 250th victory, Price was pulled after conceding the four goals on 18 shots. Al Montoya made five saves in relief.
Brian Flynn and Jeff Petry scored in the third period for Montreal. The Canadiens are 1-7-1 against San Jose in the last six years.
Schwartz gets 2nd goal in OT, Blues beat Canadiens 3-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues felt the comeback coming and followed through against the Eastern Conference leaders.
Schwartz completed a late rally with a pair of goals, including one in overtime, to lead the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which has won four of five. The Blues charged back from a 2-0 third-period deficit and have a point in their last 13 home games.
Max Pacioretty breaks tie, Canadiens beat Hurricanes 2-1
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens slowed down the streaking Carolina Hurricanes.
Max Pacioretty broke a tie 14 seconds into the third period and the NHL-leading Canadiens beat Carolina 2-1 on Thursday night to end the Hurricanes' winning streak at five games.
Carey Price made 31 saves, and Andrew Shaw also scored for Montreal. The Canadiens improved to 15-4-2 and avenged a 3-2 loss last week in Carolina with backup Al Montoya in goal.
Rask helps Hurricanes rally for 3-2 win over Canadiens
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A big comeback win has the Carolina Hurricanes on a three-game winning streak and a point-a-game pace for the season.
Victor Rask had a goal and an assist in Carolina's three-goal third period as the Hurricanes rallied for a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
Jeff Skinner and Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes (6-6-4) during their outburst over a 5-minute, 50-second span of third period. Ron Hainsey had two assists and Cam Ward stopped 31 shots.
Kane helps Blackhawks hand Canadiens 2nd regulation loss
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane keeps finding new ways to score big goals — and the Chicago Blackhawks keep on rolling.
Kane, the reigning NHL scoring leader and MVP, scored a spectacular tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the Blackhawks beat Montreal 3-2 on Sunday night, handing the league-leading Canadiens just their second regulation loss of the season.
Weber gives Canadiens 5th straight win, 3-2 over Islanders
NEW YORK (AP) — Shea Weber came through with a late goal to get the NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens another big win.
Weber's power-play goal with 2:57 remaining lifted the Canadiens to their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Paul Byron and Phillip Danault also scored to help Montreal improve to 6-0-1 and remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss.
Radulov scores, Montoya gets shutout for Canadiens
MONTREAL (AP) — Before the Montreal Canadiens' home opener, the Bell Centre crowd gave a huge ovation to ailing goaltender Carey Price.
After the game, they did the same for his replacement.
Veteran backup Al Montoya, filling in for a third straight game while Price recovers from the flu, made 36 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 4-0 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Gallagher scores twice in Canadiens 4-1 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Montreal captain Max Pacioretty liked what he saw from the new-look Canadiens in getting off to a successful start to the season.
And Brendan Gallagher looks like he's ready to bounce back from an injury-shortened season.
Gallagher scored twice while newcomers Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw and backup goalie Al Montoya made significant contributions in a 4-1 season-opening victory over the injury-depleted Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.