Canadiens win Game 3, push Jets to brink in second round


MONTREALJoel Armia had two goals and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens won 5-1 in Game 3 against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell Centre on Sunday to extend their lead in the Stanley Cup Second Round.

Carey Price made 26 saves for Montreal, which won its sixth straight playoff game. The Canadiens, the fourth seed in the Scotia North Division, did not have a winning streak longer than three games during the regular season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets, the third seed. Adam Lowry scored to end Winnipeg’s goal drought at 99:33. 

Game 4 is here Monday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSN [JIP], CBC, SN, TVAS). The Canadiens have not swept a best-of-7 playoff series since 2014 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.

Corey Perry gave Montreal a 1-0 lead with his third goal at 4:45 of the first period. Perry came out from behind the net and shot inside the right post after Eric Staal‘s centering pass from the left corner deflected to him off Winnipeg defenseman Neal Pionk‘s stick. 

Arturri Lehkonen made it 2-0 at 9:24 of the second. He scored on Montreal’s third straight shot in a goalmouth scramble after Hellebuyck made saves on the first two by Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault.

Armia scored the Canadiens’ third shorthanded goal of the playoffs, their second of the series, for a 3-0 lead at 13:41. He scored on a shot from the slot after toe-dragging the puck to get around Jets defenseman Josh Morrisey on a 2-on-1.

Lowry cut the lead to 3-1 at 17:51 when he re-directed Mathieu Perreault‘s pass from the right side in off Price’s blocker for his second goal of the series.

Nick Suzuki restored Montreal’s three-goal lead at 4-1 with a power-play goal at 8:52 of the third.

Armia scored shorthanded into an empty net with 3:18 remaining in the third for the 5-1 final.

Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry left the game after the second period because of an upper-body injury.

Forward Paul Stastny returned for Winnipeg after missing the first two games of the series because of an undisclosed injury. Jets forward Mark Scheifele served the second of his four-game suspension.

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