But there was good news after the game: Montreal coach Michel Therrien announced star goalie Carey Price will play Friday in New York against the Islanders. It will be the first start for last season’s NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner since he sustained a lower-body injury Oct. 29 in Edmonton.
Arizona scored three times on its first six shots against rookie Mike Condon as Montreal fell behind 3-0 for the third game in a row.
But while the Canadiens were able to come back for a 4-3 overtime win against Vancouver in their last outing, the Coyotes and goalie Mike Smith held off a late charge this time.
The 25-year-old Condon made his ninth straight start. He went 5-2-2 in that span, going six games without a regulation loss before dropping two of the last three.
"He’s been good for us," Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said. "Look at his composure since training camp. … And even in games where we fall behind like this, he seems to make one or two really big saves to keep it at the deficit and give us a chance to come back. That’s what you want from your goalie."
Condon allowed eight goals in five starts after Price was injured, but permitted 16 goals in the next four.
The Canadiens gave up an early score for the fifth straight game when Montreal native Anthony Duclair used a burst of speed to set up Hanzal for a goal into an open side at 5:04.
A puck hopped over Gallagher’s stick and Tobias Rieder was able to whip a shot off Condon’s shoulder that fell to Doan for a tap-in goal at 9:17.