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Cam Talbot, Leon Draisaitl give Oilers win

Goalie makes 22 saves, forward scores in shootout to defeat Canadiens

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Cam Talbot made three saves and Leon Draisaitl scored in the shootout to give the Edmonton Oilers a 1-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Sunday.

Draisaitl scored on Edmonton's first shootout attempt. Talbot stopped Max Pacioretty, Montreal's third shooter, after he made saves on Alexander Radulov and Paul Byron, to end a three-game losing streak for the Oilers (29-18-8).

"I put enough pressure on myself no matter what the score is so when it's 0-0 there's a little bit of added pressure but I know that if I just do my job and keep us in the game we're going to have a good chance," Talbot said. 


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Talbot made 22 saves for his fifth shutout of the season. He has 16 NHL shutouts, including a 26-save shutout in a 4-0 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25 in his first of six consecutive starts.

"Honestly I thought it was a really good game," said Edmonton captain Connor McDavid, who played his 100th NHL game. "Everyone had a lot of pace, the game was pretty quick, a lot of chances both ways, good goaltending and probably a few lucky bounces to keep it 0-0, but definitely happy to end up on the right side of that one."

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Al Montoya made 32 saves for his second shutout in two starts at home this season for Montreal (30-16-8), which lost 3-2 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

"That's brutal," Montoya said. "I mean, you go 0-0 through the whole game and to have it decided in a shootout, 1-0, it's a tough way to lose. But at the same time, we got a big important point."

Montoya has seven NHL shutouts, including a 36-save shutout in a 4-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Montreal's home opener on Oct. 18.

Video: EDM@MTL: Montoya sprawls to deny McDavid's wraparound

"He was unreal," Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber said. "Obviously he played one of his best games of the year for us tonight and that was a big reason why we were able to have a chance to win it."


Goal of the game

Draisaitl approached from the left side and shot low between Montoya's pads.

Video: EDM@MTL: Draisaitl goes five-hole for shootout winner 


Save of the game

Talbot stretched out his right pad to make the save on David Desharnais' shot on a loose puck in the crease in the second period.

Video: EDM@MTL: Talbot gets his pad on Desharnais' attempt


Highlight of the game

Montoya gloved McDavid's shot on a breakaway in overtime.

"I think he probably missed on the shot and I was lucky to squeeze it," Montoya said. "It was a good save, it extended the game a little further, hopefully we'd get another couple of chances, and that's that."

Video: EDM@MTL: Montoya denies McDavid's breakaway in OT


Unsung performance of the game

Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov broke up a 4-on-1 opportunity for the Oilers in the second period. Edmonton left wing Patrick Maroon passed to McDavid when the Oilers skated down the ice with the puck after Weber fell down in Edmonton's zone. Draisaitl took a pass from McDavid and tried to set up Maroon, but Markov cut off his pass with his stick and played the puck to Montoya.


They said it

"It's not fun going against either of those two guys. [Alexei] Emelin might be one of the best bodycheckers in the game so you definitely have your head on a swivel and like I keep saying about Weber, he's a tremendous player and he's tough to play against, so definitely not a lot of fun." -- Oilers center Connor McDavid on facing Canadiens defensemen Shea Weber and Alexei Emelin


"We'll take a couple of days as a staff. Everybody needs some rest. Personally I'll get some time to see my family, which I'm looking forward to. I know a lot of the guys have some plans to go and get their rest. This is the thing about the five-day thing: right now, everybody's excited about it. We're all happy that it exists. It's the other 364 days of the year that I don't agree with. I just don't think it's a smart thing. We can spread those days out during the year and give them rest when they really need it instead of playing nine games in 13 nights." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan about Edmonton's bye week

Video: EDM@MTL: Talbot blockers away Pacioretty's wrister


"We played against a team with a lot of talent, a lot speed. We just played two games against two very good teams, and don't forget, that was our fourth game in six days. It's always a challenge when you face someone like McDavid. Emelin and Weber were excellent and [Tomas] Plekanec's line played him the most, so when you go to the shootout, it can go either way." -- Canadiens coach Michel Therrien


Need to know

Oilers defenseman Kris Russell did not play because of an undisclosed injury he sustained Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. ... Montoya has not allowed a goal in three home games this season. He has a 155:31 shutout streak at Bell Centre, including five saves in 30:31 after relieving Carey Price in a 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 16.


What's next

Oilers: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, WGN, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: At the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, SNE, RDS, NHL.TV)


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