While the Montreal Canadiens’ recent run of success came to an end, the Anaheim Ducks keep rolling along.
The NHL-leading Ducks try for a fourth straight victory Wednesday night against the visiting Canadiens, who might finally have their Olympic star back in net.
Anaheim (43-14-5) broke a three-game skid just before the Olympic break with a 5-2 victory over Nashville on Feb. 8, then returned to beat St. Louis 1-0 on Friday and Carolina 5-3 on Sunday.
Corey Perry scored twice and had an assist during a three-goal first period, Andrew Cogliano recorded a short-handed goal and Frederik Andersen made 49 saves against the Hurricanes as the Ducks improved to 24-5-2 at home.
"It’s a good thing to get going and (get) on a streak," said Cogliano, who has a career-high 19 goals. "We didn’t feel like we played our best before the Olympic break, so to have two wins, is a good sign.
"If we play like (Sunday) all the time, we’ll be tough to beat for anybody."
The Ducks lead the league in wins and no other team in franchise history has led the NHL in points this deep into a season. Anaheim should be tested with games against Montreal (34-22-7), Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh and Toronto concluding their five-game home stretch.
The Ducks, 18-6-3 against Eastern Conference opponents, have lost to those three teams this season.
"We’re just building now," leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf said. "We just need to keep building and getting better along the way."
It’s uncertain if Getzlaf and Perry will face Canadian Olympic teammate Carey Price on Wednesday. Price went 5-0 with an 0.59 goals-against average to help Canada win gold in Sochi, but he’s missed all four games since the break with a lower-body injury.
The Canadiens announced Monday that Price was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 26. He can be activated as early as Tuesday and could play in this contest. Price made 31 saves during the 4-1 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 24.
"Carey is still day-to-day," coach Michel Therrien told the Canadiens’ official website. "As soon as the medical staff feels he’s ready to start practicing, he’s going to go on the ice."
Backup Peter Budaj has posted a 2.87 GAA while going 2-1-1 in place of Price since the break ended. He made 20 saves but the Canadiens’ 5-0-1 run ended with a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles on Monday.
P.K. Subban scored a tying goal in the first period but Montreal managed 18 shots in the opener of a four-game trip through California and Arizona.
"It was very playoff-type hockey," Budaj told the NHL’s official website. "It was a disappointing game for us because I think we were right there with them. Maybe one or two lucky bounces."
Subban has a goal in two straight games but has recorded one assist in three against Anaheim.
Montreal’s Max Pacioretty has three goals and two assists in his last three games.
Getzlaf has recorded two goals and two assists in three contests. He was held without a point Oct. 24, but has a goal and five assists in three home games against the Canadiens.
Anaheim sent left wing Dustin Penner to Washington on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft. The 31-year-old Penner had 13 goals and 19 assists in 49 games with the Ducks this season.
Later Tuesday, Anaheim acquired defenseman Stephane Robidas from Dallas for a conditional fourth-round pick in this year’s draft. Robidas hasn’t played since breaking his leg against Chicago on Nov. 29, but he has been skating in practice.
The Canadiens added goaltender Devan Dubnyk from Nashville on Wednesday for future considerations. Dubnyk is 11-18-3 with a 3.43 GAA in 34 games this season and appeared in only two with the Predators after being acquired from Edmonton on Jan. 15, going 0-1-1 and giving up nine goals.