Smith makes 38 saves, Oilers shut out Canadiens

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MONTREAL — Mike Smith made 38 saves for his 40th NHL shutout, and the Edmonton Oilers won for the third straight game, 3-0 against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

The Oilers (9-7-0) have won six of their past seven games.

The Canadiens (8-4-2) have lost four of seven since starting 5-0-2.

It was Smith’s first shutout in 34 starts dating to Oct. 20, 2019, when he made 23 saves in a 1-0 shootout loss at the Winnipeg Jets.

He made 28 saves in his season debut Monday, a 3-1 win that began Edmonton’s two-game sweep at the Ottawa Senators, completed when Mikko Hoskinen made 40 saves in a 3-2 win Tuesday.

Montreal has lost its past three home games, including 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Jujhar Khaira gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 8:27 of the first period when he scored short side from the left face-off circle.

Darnell Nurse got credit for his sixth goal at 1:27 of the second period. Allen made the save on Nurse’s shot, but Shea Weber‘s clearing attempt struck Phillip Danault‘s skate, came back and went in off Weber’s stick to put the Oilers up 2-0.

Tyson Barrie made it 3-0 at 4:44 of the third period with a power-play goal on a one-timer from the point off a pass from Leon Draisaitl.

The Canadiens outscored the Oilers 8-2 when they swept a two-game set in Edmonton on Jan. 16 and 18.

The start of the game was delayed one hour to accommodate COVID-19 testing. Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi was added to the NHL COVID-19 protocol.

Goalie Dylan Wells was recalled from Edmonton’s taxi squad on an emergency basis and dressed instead of Koskinen, who was held out of the lineup.

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