Florida heads to Montreal for division battle
Florida Panthers (33-31-12, fifth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Montreal Canadiens (40-28-8, fourth in the Atlantic Division)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov scored with 1:45 left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Sunday night in a matchup with Eastern Conference...
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens refused to be satisfied — or comfortable — not with so much at stake.
Brendan Gallagher had two goals and an assist, and the Canadiens beat the Buffalo...
Canadiens beat listless Flyers 3-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Montreal didn't need all 240 characters to express on Twitter the importance of beating the Flyers: "Les Canadiens remportent une grosse victoire !" In any language, this much...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mark Carey Price has made in his 12 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens was scribbled in two lines of black marker on a dry erase board in the visitors' locker room,...
Armia scores 3 goals, Canadiens beat Rangers 4-2
NEW YORK (AP) — After scoring his first career hat trick, Joel Armia was more concerned with the Montreal Canadiens getting another win.
Armia had three goals and the Canadiens beat the New...
Shaw, Domi lead Canadiens to 8-1 rout of Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — Reuniting linemates worked out for the Montreal Canadiens.
Andrew Shaw recorded his first career hat trick, Max Domi had two goals and three assists for a career-high five...
Gallagher gets hat trick, Canadiens beat Flyers 5-1
MONTREAL (AP) — The Bell Centre fans urged Brendan Gallagher to complete his hat trick after scoring two quick goals in the opening period.
Rookie Kotkaniemi scores again, Canadiens beat Ducks 4-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Jesperi Kotkaniemi needed just 54 games to etch his name in the Montreal Canadiens' record book.
He became the first 18-year-old in franchise history to score in three consecutive games as Montreal downed the slumping Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Tuesday night.
The Finn's first-period goal helped the Canadiens improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.
"It's obviously special to do something like that in this kind of organization," Kotkaniemi said. "It's a good thing."
Petry helps Canadiens hold off Red Wings 3-2
DETROIT (AP) — Jeff Petry finally scored a goal against the Red Wings in Detroit, and it turned out to be decisive.
Petry scored 19 seconds into the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens held on for a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday night. Petry, a Michigan native, is the son of former Tigers pitcher Dan Petry, who was a member of the Detroit team that won the World Series in 1984. Jeff Petry's goal Tuesday was the 54th of his NHL career, but the first in Detroit.
Landeskog, Grubauer lead Avalanche to 2-1 win over Canadiens
DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog got the chance to celebrate his goal a second time — after a big sigh of relief.
He thought his score would count despite a challenge for goaltender interference. But really he wasn't sure. It's hard to be completely sure.
Petry, Price lead Canadiens to 6-4 win over Hurricanes
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens showed their mettle after their worst performance of the season.
Jeff Petry scored twice as the Canadiens defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4 on Thursday night.
Matthew Peca, Brendan Gallagher, Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Canadiens, who have won four of their last five games. Phillip Danault and Kenny Agostino each had two assists.
The Canadiens were coming off a season-worst 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
Domi scores twice, Canadiens beat Senators 5-2
MONTREAL (AP) — Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi simplified their games night by putting more shots on net.
Domi had two goals and an assist and Drouin added a goal and two assists as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 Tuesday night.
"Me and Max were in the same boat the past couple years where we don't shoot enough," Drouin said. "Sometimes you just got to shoot and keep it simple."
Skinner leads Sabres past Canadiens 3-2, winning streak at 8
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored 3:06 into overtime after getting the tying goal late in regulation, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Friday for their eighth straight victory.
Buffalo's win streak is the longest in the NHL and the team's best stretch since winning 10 in a row to start the 2006-07 season. Casey Mittelstadt also scored for the Sabres, and Carter Hutton made 31 saves.
Sabres beat Canadiens 3-2 for 8th straight win
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner's second effort extended the NHL's longest win streak.
Skinner scored 3:06 into overtime after getting the tying goal late in regulation, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Friday for their eighth straight win.
It's the longest streak for Buffalo since winning 10 games in a row to start the 2006-07 season. That also was the last season the Sabres (15-6-2) had this many victories after 23 games.
Domi, Kotkaniemi help Canadiens beat Capitals 6-4
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Domi broke a tie with 21 seconds left and Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first two NHL goals in the Montreal Canadiens' 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Thursday night.
After Domi's goal, Joel Armia added an empty-netter two seconds later for the fastest two goals in NHL history.
Shore has 3 points, Bishop 34 saves to lift Stars over Habs
MONTREAL (AP) — Ben Bishop turned away Artturi Lehkonen on a potentially game-changing penalty shot, and Devin Shore and the Dallas Stars rolled from there.
Shore had a goal and two assists, Bishop stopped 34 shots and the Dallas Stars beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Esa Lindell and Miro Heiskanen also scored, and Alexander Radulov added an empty-netter for Dallas, which won on the road for the first time this season. This was the second stop on the Stars' six-game road trip.
Price, Canadiens blank Bruins, 3-0
BOSTON (AP) — Carey Price knew he had a lot of help in front of him and was more than willing to credit them.
Price stopped 33 shots for his first shutout of the season, collecting his 290th career win with Montreal to move into second place in team history in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
"Shutouts should be a team stat, really," he said. "Everybody did an excellent job on defense tonight."
Petry, Drouin lead Canadiens to a 3-2 win over Flames
MONTREAL (AP) — Calgary goalie David Rittich did everything he could to keep the Flames in contention with Montreal, but the Canadiens were just too much Tuesday night.
Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin each had a goal and an assist, leading Montreal to a 3-2 win over the Flames, the Canadiens' fourth win in five games.
Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens, who have lost once in eight games this season. Carey Price made 21 saves.
Gallagher scores goal, Canadiens edge Blues 3-2
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are leaving teams behind — and trying not to get too far ahead of themselves.
Brendan Gallagher scored with 11 seconds left to give the Montreal Canadiens their third straight victory, 3-2 over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
Drouin scores 2 to lead Canadiens in 7-3 win over Red Wings
MONTREAL (AP) — Canadiens coach Claude Julien said it looked like Tomas Plekanec "drank from the fountain of youth" before playing in his 1,000th game Monday night.
Plekanec scored in his milestone game, and Jonathan Drouin added two goals to lead Montreal to a 7-3 victory over the winless Detroit Red Wings.
Julien was also behind the bench for Plekanec's very first NHL game in 2003.
Campbell makes 40 saves, Kings beat Canadiens 3-0
MONTREAL (AP) — Jack Campbell and the Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Montreal Canadiens' home opener.
Campbell made 40 saves for his first career shutout and the Kings won 3-0 on Thursday night.
Campbell made his eighth career NHL start, getting into action with starter Jonathan Quick day-to-day after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice Sunday.
Byron’s 2 goals lead Canadiens past Penguins 5-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens used a systematic approach to frustrate and shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins' star-studded attack.
Paul Byron scored two goals and added an assist, leading the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night.
"Our plan was just to skate and forecheck relentlessly," Byron said. "When you give (the Penguins) space to skate, they're going to make plays all night. But when you close lanes, I think that makes it hard for them."
Mitch Marner has goal, 3 assists to lead Maple Leafs
MONTREAL (AP) — Mitch Marner had a goal and three assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Wednesday night to improve to 5-1-0 in exhibition play.
Nazem Kadri, Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen and Patrick Marleau also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves.
Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher and David Schlemko scored for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.
Gallagher helps Canadiens beat Capitals 5-2 in Quebec City
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night at the Videotron Centre.
Michael Chaput, Jacob de la Rose, Artturi Lehkonen and Rinat Valiev also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren stopped 11 of 13 shots. The Canadiens won for the first time in three exhibition games,
MONTREAL (AP) — Even with the Montreal Canadiens eliminated from postseason contention, Brendan Gallagher keeps competing hard every single night.
Gallagher scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season, and Carey Price snapped a seven-game losing streak as Montreal defeated the skidding Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Monday.
Niemi, Canadiens defeat Rangers 3-1 to snap 6-game skid
MONTREAL (AP) — After weeks without a win, the Montreal Canadiens finally found a team they could beat in the struggling New York Rangers.
Antti Niemi made 31 saves and the Canadiens topped the Rangers 3-1 on Thursday night to snap their six-game losing streak.
Tomas Plekanec, Jeff Petry and Phillip Danault scored for Montreal (23-29-8), which won for the first time since Feb. 4 and avoided matching its longest skid of the season.
Semyon Varlamov makes 43 saves, Avs beat Canadiens 2-0
DENVER (AP) — Semyon Varlamov rescued Colorado's struggling offense with a stellar performance against Montreal.
Varlamov made 43 saves for his first victory in more than a month and the Avalanche matched the franchise record of 10 straight home wins, beating the Canadiens 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Carl Soderberg and Alexander Kerfoot scored to help Colorado equal the longest home winning streak in franchise history, set in 1994-95 when the team was the Quebec Nordiques.
Sam Reinhart lifts Sabres to 4-3 win over Islanders
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Reinhart poked in a rebound with 4:14 left, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night after squandering a three-goal lead.
Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, and Ryan O'Reilly also scored. Robin Lehner stopped 26 shots to help Buffalo salvage the finale of a five-game homestand after going 0-3-1 in its previous four games.
John Tavares, Anders Lee and Ross Johnston scored for New York.
Avalanche lose 4-2 to Canadiens, ending 10-game win streak
MONTREAL (AP) — Jonathan Drouin had a goal and two assists, and the Montreal Canadiens ended Colorado's 10-game winning streak Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory over the Avalanche.
Nicolas Deslauriers, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 20 saves for his 14th win of the season.
Canadiens win 4-2, stop Avalanche streak at 10 games
MONTREAL (AP) — It took one of Jonathan Drouin's best games of the season to stop Colorado's 10-game winning streak.
Drouin had a goal and two assists, and the Montreal Canadiens ended a long run of surprising success for the Avalanche with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.
Stamkos leads surging Lightning past Canadiens 3-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning got to Carey Price in time to pick up another victory.
Steven Stamkos scored twice, and the NHL-leading Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Thursday night for their 10th win in 11 games.
Brayden Point got the tiebreaking goal in the third and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves as Tampa Bay earned its eighth consecutive victory at home.
"We stuck with it," said Stamkos, who had seven shots. "I thought we got better as the game went on."
Byron hat trick fuels Canadiens over Red Wings 10-1
MONTREAL (AP) — It was only two weeks ago the Montreal Canadiens looked to be in a downward spiral.
They had gone five games without a win and only scored seven goals in that stretch.
All that changed when star goalie Carey Price returned.
Paul Byron got his first career hat trick, Alex Galchenyuk had a career-best four assists and the Canadiens beat the slumping Detroit Red Wings 10-1 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
Gallagher scores twice, Canadiens beat Red Wings 6-3
DETROIT (AP) — Now on their longest winning streak of the season, the Montreal Canadiens have recovered from their terrible start.
Brendan Gallagher scored twice, and his Montreal teammates added three goals in the second period on the way to a 6-3 victory over the struggling Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
The Canadiens have won four straight and are in the third place in the Atlantic Division — a quick turnaround for a team that started the season 1-6-1.
Price makes 37 saves, Canadiens end Jackets’ streak at 6
MONTREAL (AP) — With Carey Price in net, Brendan Gallagher figures other teams must find a two-goal cushion insurmountable.
Price made 37 saves, Gallagher got his 10th goal and the Montreal Canadiens ended the Columbus Blue Jackets' six-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Monday night.
"When you're able to get a two-goal lead, it's tough to score on Price," Gallagher said. "The other team has to score three on him, and that's tough to do on any given night."
Gallagher, Benn lift Canadiens over Golden Knights 3-2
MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher and Jordie Benn helped Charlie Lindgren stay perfect in the NHL.
Gallagher and Benn scored in the first period, Lindgren improved to 5-0 in five career starts and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.
Weber scores two; Canadiens snap skid, beat Panthers 5-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal's franchise players stepped up in a big way as the Canadiens notched their first regulation victory of the season.
Shea Weber scored twice, helping Montreal end its seven-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens, who had not won since their season opener. Carey Price made 26 saves and Jonathan Drouin had two assists.
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are heading back to the playoffs.
Paul Byron scored twice, Brendan Gallagher had a goal and three assists, and the Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 6-2 on Thursday night to clinch a spot in the postseason.
The Atlantic Division leaders have won three in a row and five of seven. A massive collapse knocked Montreal out of the playoff picture last year.