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MTL@STL: Postgame

The Canadiens scored three goals in the second period en route to a big win over the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

ST. LOUIS - The Canadiens kicked off their back-to-back set of weekend games with a 5-2 win over the Blues on Saturday afternoon.

Claude Julien's troops were in good spirits before things officially got underway at the Enterprise Center.

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Forced into action after Joel Armia suffered a lower-body injury during warmups, Jordan Weal made his presence felt early in the first period.

The 27-year-old forward scored a power play goal at the 5:55 mark to put the Habs up 1-0.

Video: MTL@STL: Weal sweeps home rebound for power-play goal

Max Domi and Tomas Tatar collected the assists on Weal's second goal of the season. Domi extended his point streak to five straight games on the play.

The Canadiens' lead didn't last long, though. Just 71 seconds after Weal lit the lamp, Jaden Schwartz responded with the equalizer.

Schwartz corralled a loose puck in front of Carey Price and put it home to the delight of the Blues' faithful.

Price turned aside 10 of 11 shots during the opening 20 minutes of play.

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Just six seconds into the second period, Brendan Gallagher gave the Canadiens a 2-1 advantage courtesy of a rather unusual marker on Blues goaltender Jake Allen.

Video: MTL@STL: Gallagher scores from the point early in 2nd

It was the 299th point of Gallagher's career.

Then, the Canadiens' power play clicked again at the 3:39 mark when Jonathan Drouin converted a perfect one-time feed from Jesperi Kotkaniemi to put the Habs ahead by a pair.

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Video: MTL@STL: Drouin one-times Kotkaniemi's pass for PPG

Nick Suzuki followed that up with his second goal in as many games, making it 4-1 for Montreal with 8:27 remaining in the frame.

And he has veteran Nate Thompson to thank for it...

Video: MTL@STL: Suzuki chips one-timer top shelf

As for Price, he continued to look strong in between the pipes. Case and point, this beauty of a stop...

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Captain Shea Weber added an empty-netter in the third period as the Habs picked up their second straight win and swept the season series with St. Louis in the process.

The Canadiens are back in action on Sunday afternoon with a matchup against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

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