Jets slip past Canadiens 2-1
- Associated Press
- February 2, 2014 - 3:20 PM
MONTREAL — Michael Frolik scored in the third period to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon.
Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Jets and Al Montoya stopped 30 shots.
Brian Gionta scored for Montreal. Carey Price, playing his second game in as many days, made 33 saves.
Frolik scored the winner just over a minute into the third. After a Winnipeg dump-in, Price mishandled the puck outside his crease and lost possession to Andrew Ladd. The Jets' captain found a streaking Frolik in front of the net, and Price couldn't make it back in time to stop the shot.
The Jets have won eight of 10 since Paul Maurice took over as head coach on Jan. 12.
Winnipeg came out strong, outshooting the Canadiens 7-0 in the first three minutes. A few key saves by Price kept the game scoreless.
Enstrom put the Jets on the board at 9:13 of the second on a great individual effort.
The Winnipeg defenseman carried the puck along the end boards, circled the net and squeezed a shot under Price's glove on the wraparound for his sixth of the season.
After hitting two posts in the period, the Canadiens got their equalizer courtesy of a quick release wrister by Gionta at 17:06.
While playing 4-on-4, the Canadiens' captain took a pass from Tomas Plekanec on his backhand, quickly switched to the forehand and fired home a sharp shot into the roof of the net.
But the Canadiens couldn't benefit from two third-period power plays.
Notes: Michael Bournival was back in the Canadiens lineup after missing Saturday's game with the flu. Christian Thomas dressed for the second straight game, while George Parros was a healthy scratch. ... The Jets were without Evander Kane, the team's third-best goal scorer. He's out with an infection in his hand. ... The Canadiens beat the Jets 3-0 in the teams' first encounter of the season on Oct. 15, 2013.
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