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Smith makes 38 saves for 40th shutout, Oilers beat Canadiens

February 12, 2021 GMT
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Edmonton Oilers center Devin Shore (14) checks Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26) into the bench during first-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Edmonton Oilers center Devin Shore (14) checks Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26) into the bench during first-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) — Mike Smith made 38 saves in his second start of the season for his 40th career shutout in the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Jujhar Khaira, Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie scored for Edmonton. The Oilers won the final three games on a four-game trip to improve to 8-8-0.

Jake Allen made 28 saves for Montreal. The Canadiens dropped to 8-5-2, losing for the third time in four games — all at home.

Khaira opened the scoring at 11:13 of the first period. He picked up a pass from Josh Archibald through the feet of Jeff Petry and beat Allen.

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Nurse was credited with his sixth goal of the season 1:27 into the second period. Allen saved the defenseman’s initial shot, but Montreal captain Shea Weber inadvertently put the puck in the net when his clearing attempt deflected off teammate Phillip Danault.

Barrie made it 3-0 when he ripped a shot past Allen from the blue line with the Oilers on a power play at 4:44 of the third period.

The opening face off was pushed back an hour after Edmonton forward Jesse Puljujarvi was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. A player on the protocol list does not necessarily have COVID-19. The NHL has postponed 35 games so far this season, but none yet in the all-Canadian North Division.

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Oilers: Host Winnipeg on Monday and Wednesday nights.

Canadiens: At Toronto on Saturday night.