By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press on January 11, 2017.
WINNIPEG – Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens dominated the Winnipeg Jets in a 7-4 victory on Wednesday.
Al Montoya, playing against his former team, made 22 saves for the Canadiens (26-10-6).
Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goals on seven shots in his sixth straight start before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson late in the first period. Hutchinson stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced.
Danault and Brian Flynn gave Montreal a 2-0 lead four minutes into the game on the team’s second and third shots.
Tomas Plekanec and Sven Andrighetto, with his first of the season, also had goals for the Canadiens. Shea Weber had a pair of assists, while Andrighetto, Flynn and Lehkonen each added a helper.
Mark Scheifele scored twice, Mathieu Perreault had a goal and assist and Bryan Little had his seventh of the season for Winnipeg (20-21-3). Drew Stafford picked up a pair of assists.
Danault began the game’s scoring 57 seconds into the first period after the Jets lost a rebound, drawing loud cheers from fans clad in Montreal jerseys.
Flynn made it 2-0 at 4:19, but Scheifele recorded his 18th goal of the season at 6:07.
The Jets then tied it 2-2 at 12:58 with Blake Wheeler’s patient pass to Perreault as he was skating to the front of net.
But Montreal regained the lead 1:03 later when Plekanec took advantage of a loose puck behind the Jets’ net and quickly fired a shot into the corner of the net at 14:01.
The goal signalled the end of Hellebuyck’s night in net.
The Canadiens built a 5-2 lead in the second period, starting with another goal in the first minute.
Winnipeg again lost the puck behind their net and Andrighetto tapped in a pass from Flynn at the 53-second mark.
Danault then skated down the entire ice with the puck and scored his ninth goal of the season for the 5-2 lead at 4:31.
After Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice called a timeout, Scheifele scored a power-play goal at 5:06 while Habs forward Torrey Mitchell was in the penalty box for delay of game.
Nikolaj Ehlers assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to six games with five goals and three assists.
The Jets only had three shots on goal in the second period, with the Canadiens outshooting them 20-13.
Lehkonen tipped a goal through traffic at 4:10 of the third and then scored 11 seconds into a power play for the 7-3 margin at 9:05.
Little finished the scoring at 10:04 with a shot through Montoya’s pads.
Montreal travels to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Thursday night, while the Jets embark on a three-game road trip starting Friday in Arizona.
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