Canadiens score seven against Jets, earn split

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MONTREAL — Brendan Gallagher had two goals and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Tatar had three assists for Montreal (11-6-6), which split the two-game set and finished 2-0-1 on its first homestand under coach Dominique Ducharme. Carey Price made 28 saves

Mathieu Perreault scored for Winnipeg (15-8-1), which was coming off a 4-3 overtime win here Thursday. Connor Hellebuyck allowed four goals on 19 shots before being replaced in the second period by Laurent Brossoit, who made six saves.

Josh Anderson, who returned after missing the previous three games with a lower-body injury, put the Canadiens ahead 1-0 at 15:29 of the first period. Hellebuyck went behind the net to play Jesperi Kotkaniemi‘s dump in, but the puck took an unusual bounce off a stanchion and went to Anderson in the slot for an uncontested goal.

Toffoli made it 2-0 with his 15th goal on a wrist shot off the crossbar at 7:03 of the second.

Gallagher extended the lead to 3-0 at 11:01 before making it 4-0 at 14:25, finishing a turnaround pass from Phillip Danault.

Joel Armia scored Montreal’s fourth goal of the second period at 16:05 to make it 5-0.

Paul Byron then scored at 4:20 of the third period to make it 6-0, and Jeff Petry shot through a screen at 8:20 to make it 7-0. 

Perreault ended Price’s shutout bid at 11:14 with a power-play goal for the 7-1 final.

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