Hanzal, Doan score early and Coyotes hold off Canadiens 3-2
MONTREAL (AP) Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan scored in the first period, and the Arizona Coyotes held on for a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored for the Coyotes, who lost their previous two games.
Max Pacioretty and Dale Weise had the goals for the Canadiens (14-4-2), who have gone four games without winning in regulation. They have allowed 16 goals while going 1-2-1 during that stretch.
Weise scored with 51 seconds left. Montreal outshot the Coyotes 33-20.
Arizona scored three times on its first six shots against 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 Canadiens gave up an early goal 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 Brendan 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.
Ekman-Larsson, with a point in his seventh straight game, cruised into the slot to collect a loose puck and beat Condon with a high wrist shot on a power play 3:51 into the second.
Pacioretty got one back when Gallagher's pass went off a skate and the Canadiens captain was able to backhand it inside the right post at 16:59.
Weise deflected Andrei Markov's shot in at 19:09 with Condon pulled for an extra attacker.
Condon made his ninth start since Carey Price went down with a lower-body injury and might be back in goal when the Canadiens play the Islanders in New York on Friday night. Price has resumed practicing, but it is uncertain when he will be able to play.
NOTES: Arizona lost the first two games of its four-game road swing by 5-2 scores. The trip ends Saturday in Winnipeg. … The Canadiens put Paul Byron in the lineup and scratched right wing Alexander Semin.
- Alexander Semin
- Anthony Duclair
- Arizona Coyotes
- Carey Price
- Dale Weise
- Martin Hanzal
- Max Pacioretty
- Mike Condon
- Montreal Canadiens
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson
- Paul Byron
- Shane Doan
- Tobias Rieder