Armia lifts Canadiens past Islanders 4-3 in shootout
NEW YORK (AP) — After his team's first four skaters in the shootout couldn't beat goalie Thomas Greiss, Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien decided to go with the right-handed Joel Armia instead of Charles Hudon.
The move paid off.
Armia scored in the fifth round on the first shootout attempt of his career to lift the Canadiens over the New York Islanders 4-3 on Monday 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.
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."
Plekanec, Canadiens top Devils 2-1 in OT to end 3-game slide
MONTREAL (AP) — A slick pass by Charles Hudon turned into a perfect opportunity for Tomas Plekanec in overtime.
Plekanec scored 1:52 into the extra period off a highlight-reel feed from Hudon, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night to snap a three-game slide.
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.