Johansson scores in OT, Sabres top Canadiens 5-4
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Marcus Johansson scored 1:30 into overtime, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
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’ Paul Byron suspended 3 games for charging
NEW YORK (AP) — Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for charging Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.
Byron was assessed a minor penalty for charging in the second period of Montreal's 5-1 home victory Tuesday night. The suspension will cost Byron $18,817.
Byron has 10 goals and eight assists in 34 games this season.
Danault records hat trick as Canadiens defeat Vegas 4-3
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phillip Danault completed a hat trick late in the third period, Paul Byron scored in overtime and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Saturday.
Danault entered the game with two goals this season. His third score of the game came with 1:25 left in the third period, setting up Byron's backhand goal 1:59 into OT.
Carey Price made 23 saves, and the Canadiens swept the season series against Vegas.
Danault scores 3, Byron in OT to lift Habs over Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phillip Danault was 10 years old when Marc-Andre Fleury made his NHL debut.
After getting his first career three-goal game against the 15-year veteran goaltender, it's understandable why the 25-year-old center for the Montreal Canadiens became uneasy referring to Fleury by his nickname: "Flower."
Danault completed a hat trick late in the third period, Paul Byron scored in overtime and the Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Saturday.
Price gets 300th win as Canadiens beat Coyotes 2-1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Carey Price stopped 36 shots in his 300th career win, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Paul Byron and Shea Weber scored as Montreal won the second game of a back-to-back for the first time in four tries this season.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes, who have lost seven of eight. Darcy Kuemper stopped 26 shots.
Price’s 36 saves help Canadiens beat Coyotes 2-1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Carey Price reached another milestone and the Montreal Canadiens got another big win.
Price stopped 36 shots in his 300th career win, leading the Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Paul Byron and Shea Weber scored as Montreal won the second game of a back-to-back for the first time in four tries this season. The Canadiens, coming off a 2-1 loss at Colorado on Wednesday night, have won six of their last nine overall.
Stone sends Senators past Canadiens 4-3 in overtime
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mark Stone scored his second goal of the game 2:30 into overtime and the Ottawa Senators rallied from a two-goal deficit and beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday night.
Stone's one-timer from the face-off circle beat Carey Price for the winner.
Stone had a goal and an assist in regulation, while Mikkel Boedker and Matt Duchene also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson made 24 saves in the win.
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, Drouin lead Canadiens past Penguins in shootout
MONTREAL (AP) — Antti Niemi felt good after his first start of the season — and a win.
Niemi made 25 saves, and Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin scored in the shootout to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Niemi, getting the start with Carey Price out with the flu, also stopped both shots in the shootout — on Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
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."
Galchenyuk, 3-goal third lift Canadiens over Islanders 6-3
NEW YORK (AP) — The Islanders are stumbling hard at the wrong time of the season for a team with eyes on a postseason berth.
Alex Galchenyuk completed his hat trick shortly after Paul Byron and Noah Juulsen scored 1:43 apart in the third period, lifting the Montreal Canadiens over New York 6-3 on Friday night.
New York dropped to 29-29-7 with its fifth straight loss. Tanner Fritz, Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves.
Pominville scores in OT, Sabres beat NHL-best Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle to give the Sabres their second straight victory over the Lightning.
Evan Rodrigues tied it for Buffalo in the third, and Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots.
Pacioretty’s 2 goals lead Canadiens over Capitals, 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two nights after Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien criticized his team's effort, the Canadiens made sure that didn't happen again.
On Wednesday, Montreal lost 4-1 in Julien's return to Boston, where he had long coached the Bruins. Against the Washington Capitals on Friday night, Julien had no complaints as his team broke a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win.
Stastny breaks tie in 3rd, Blues beat Golden Knights 2-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Stastny broke a third-period tie with his eighth goal of the season, Carter Hutton continued his strong play in goal and the St. Louis Blues beat the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 on Thursday night.
Alexander Steen also scored for the Blues, who won their third straight. Hutton made 32 saves, including two tough stops early in the third while the game was tied.
Hutton, making his third consecutive start, earned his eighth win of the season and is 12-3 in his last 15 starts.
Byron scores in shootout, Canadiens beat Lightning 2-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty broke a long goal drought to help the Montreal Canadiens end a five-game losing streak.
Paul Byron scored in a shootout and Montreal beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Thursday night.
Byron was the only player to score in the shootout. Pacioretty scored in regulation for Montreal in its first victory since Dec. 22. Nikita Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay.
Pacioretty opened the scoring at 20 seconds of the second period.
Deslauriers scores twice, Canadiens beat Canucks 7-5
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Back indoors, the Montreal Canadiens got back on track.
Nicolas Deslauriers had the first two-goal game of his career, Carey Price made 34 saves and the Canadiens beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Montreal traveled to the West Coast after losing 3-0 outdoors to Ottawa on Saturday in the frigid NHL 100 Classic.
Krupa: Red Wings’ talent deficiency on display in loss
Detroit — Players making frequent mistakes, and teammates frequently compounding the error by overadjusting.
Beyond Dylan Larkin, almost no one pressing the issue much at all, anywhere on the ice.
A team that must be at its best to win instead, by the players' own admission, embarrassed the organization against their greatest historic rival.
After six games without a win, five of them at home, the Red Wings flew to Montreal and lost to the Montreal Canadiens 10-1 on Saturday.
Johnson has 2 goals, Lightning beat Sharks 5-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored twice in the third period to snap a 15-game drought and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 Saturday night.
Nikita Kucherov had two goals and Cory Conacher also scored for the Lightning, who had lost four of six. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves. Kucherov had one of Tampa Bay's four goals, his 19th, in the third. He entered without a goal over his previous six games.
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.
Danault has 2 goals, 2 assists as Canadiens beat Rangers 5-4
MONTREAL (AP) — After giving up a three-goal lead, the last-place Montreal Canadiens showed enough composure to recover and get their third win of the season.
Philip Danault scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to lead the Canadiens to 5-4 victory over the struggling New York Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night.
Paul Byron scores twice, Canadiens beat Panthers 3-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Paul Byron scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Friday night after losing their first six preseason games.
Andrew Shaw also scored, and Charlie Lindgren made 22 saves in his return from a lower-body injury.
Evgenii Dadonov scored for Florida, and Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots.
Byron opened the scoring in the first period, and gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal midway through the second. Shaw scored early in the third.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen was happy to be a part of the Montreal Canadiens' division-clinching performance.
Lehkonen scored twice in the third period and had an assist to help the Canadiens secure the Atlantic Division title with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. Andrew Shaw and Alexander Radulov also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren stopped 31 shots in his second NHL start.
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.
MONTREAL (AP) — With the clock ticking down at the end of the third period, Paul Byron and the Canadiens spoiled P.K. Subban's return to Montreal.
Byron scored the tiebreaking goal with nine seconds left and Montreal edged the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Thursday night in Subban's first game against the Canadiens since they traded him last summer.
Byron lifts Canadiens past Rangers in shootout
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens.
Carey Price made 28 saves for Montreal. Price stopped Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller twice in the OT, including a diving save in the closing seconds of the extra period.
Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens. Andrew Shaw also scored for Montreal.
Pacioretty gets hat trick to lift Canadiens over Sabres 5-2
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored a hat trick, Carey Price made 37 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Tuesday night.
David Desharnais and Paul Byron also scored for Montreal. Alexander Radulov and Phillip Danault each had two assists.
Dmitry Kulikov and Brian Gionta scored for Buffalo late in the third period, and Robin Lehner stopped 30 shots.
Pacioretty scored once per period en route to his second hat trick of the season.
Canadiens rally with 3 goals in 62 seconds to beat Rangers
MONTREAL (AP) — It took a 62-second outburst in the third period for the Montreal Canadiens to turn a sour mood in the Bell Centre into a celebration.
Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty and Paul Byron scored in rapid succession and the Canadiens rebounded after a disputed goal against and the ejection of wing Andrew Shaw for a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
"It was fun. It felt like a playoff game," Pacioretty said. "It felt like there were a lot of Rangers fans here."
Petry steps up for banged up Canadiens in win over Ducks
MONTREAL (AP) — With Andrei Markov nursing an upper-body injury and Shea Weber in a scoring slump, the Montreal Canadiens needed a defenseman to step up.
It turned out to be Jeff Petry, who scored a goal and added two assists to keep his hot streak alive as the Canadiens downed the sluggish Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Tuesday night.
That gave Petry a goal in three consecutive games for the first time in his career and seven points in his last five outings.
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.
Spooner scores in OT to lift Bruins over Canadiens 2-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Ryan Spooner scored in overtime and his goal withstood a video review, lifting the Boston Bruins over the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Monday night.
Spooner got his goal 3:20 into OT on a partial breakaway off a nice give-and-go with Torey Krug. Montreal challenged, claiming Spooner was offside, but the goal stood.
Austin Czarnik also scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask made 30 saves while Boston handed Montreal a rare home loss.
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty had four goals, Brian Flynn scored twice during a six-goal first period and the Montreal Canadiens routed the Colorado Avalanche 10-1 on Saturday night.
Flynn, Pacioretty and Artturi Lehkonen each scored against Calvin Pickard in the opening 7:12, and then Pacioretty, Paul Byron and Flynn each had a goal among the first four shots on Semyon Varlamov.
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.
Pacioretty propels Canadiens to 5-4 shootout win over Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After struggling for offense throughout their road trip, the Montreal Canadiens finally found a whole bunch of goals at Staples Center.
So did the Los Angeles Kings, which left goalie Carey Price both frustrated and grateful after a high-volume victory.
Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, and Paul Byron scored the clinching goal in the fourth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over Los Angeles on Sunday.
Ekblad snaps stick on goal, Panthers top Canadiens 4-3 in OT
MONTREAL (AP) — Aaron Ekblad broke his stick on an awkward slap shot that sneaked by goalie Carey Price in overtime, helping the Florida Panthers beat the NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Ekblad wound for a shot from the right hash marks, but his stick snapped and the puck slid slowly toward the net. It deflected off the boot of defenseman Nathan Beaulieu before sliding past Price 2:59 into OT.
Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy scored for the Islanders but the Panthers tied the game late and went on to win in overtime, 3-2, at Sunrise, Fla.
Jonathan Marchessault tied the game with 13.6 seconds left in regulation and Denis Malgin scored late in overtime. Florida trailed 2-0 in the third period before getting goals from Kyle Rau and Marchessault.
Price makes 24 saves as Montreal beats the Kings 4-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price made 24 saves as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night to improve to 9-0-0 at home, tying a franchise record for most consecutive home wins to start a season since 1953.
Paul Byron, Daniel Carr, Phillip Danault and Alex Galchenyuk, into the empty net, scored for Montreal (12-1-1), which has won three straight.
Tyler Toffoli scored the lone goal for the Kings (7-7-0) while Peter Budaj made 19 saves.
Byron scores late; Price, Canadiens beat Bruins 3-2
MONTREAL (AP) — Golfer Jack Nicklaus stopped by the Canadiens dressing room Tuesday night and delivered a pregame pep talk about being prepared and not trying to do too much.
Carey Price responded with more of his usual excellence, and Montreal did just enough to beat the rival Boston Bruins.
Price stopped 41 shots, Paul Byron scored with 1:02 left and Montreal beat Boston 3-2.
Byron poked in a loose puck after Alexander Radulov passed it into the crease. The goal stood after a video review.
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.