Canadiens fall to Jets in Ducharmes debut as coach

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WINNIPEG –The Montreal Canadiens lost to the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 in Dominique Ducharme’s debut as coach at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

Ducharme replaced Claude Julien, who was fired by Montreal on Wednesday. 

Kyle Connor scored twice and Mark Scheifele scored in a sixth straight game for the Jets (12-6-1), who have won three straight. Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves.

Joel Armia had two goals and Tomas Tatar for the Canadiens (9-6-4). Carey Price made 25 saves and Jeff Petry had two assists.

Armia scored twice in a span of 3:44 in the first period, making it 1-0 at 13:45 and again at 17:29 to give Montreal a 2-0 lead.

Connor made it 2-1 on the power play at 5:37 of the second.

Tomas Tatar gave Montreal a 3-1 lead on the power play at 7:33 of the second period.

Connor scored his second of the game to make it 3-2 at 11:50 of the second period before Blake Wheeler tied it 3-3 at 14:31.

Nate Thompson made it 4-3 Jets at 6:37 of the third period before Pierre-Luc Dubois scored at 12:37 to make it 5-3.

Scheifele scored into an empty net at 18:22 for the 6-3 final.

Scheifele has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) on a career-high 11-game point streak.

Canadiens forward Josh Anderson did not return following the first intermission, playing 4:24 of ice time.

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