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Canadiens surge past Jarry, Penguins for third win in four games

Score four unanswered, end goalie's Pittsburgh-record shutout streak

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

Weber's wraparound goal

MTL@PIT: Weber backhands wraparound into open net

Shea Weber skates behind the net and slips a backhander past Tristan Jarry on a wraparound to give the Canadiens a 3-1 lead late in the 2nd

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PITTSBURGH -- The Montreal Canadiens ended Tristan Jarry's shutout streak in a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Jarry's streak ended at 177:14, a Penguins record, when Tomas Tatar scored a power-play goal at 12:24 of the second period. Jarry topped Tomas Vokoun's mark of 173:06 without allowing a goal for Pittsburgh from March 22-April 2, 2013.

"It's pretty cool," Jarry said. "It's not something you ever really think of. Would've been nice to have the win to go along with it, but try again. ... Just trying to get myself in front of the puck. I think that's the main thing is keeping the puck between my shoulders and trying to be centered as much as I can. I think that helps my game a lot."


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Joel Armia and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist, and Carey Price made 33 saves for Montreal (14-11-6), which has won three of four games. The Canadiens scored four straight goals after falling behind 1-0 early in the first period.

"I told them, I said, 'I anticipated we might be a little bit rusty here,'" said Canadiens coach Claude Julien, whose team was playing its first game in four days. "'First period is over. We're only down by a goal. We have to pick up our game here and manage the puck a little bit better.' ... Came out in the second period and played a solid second."

Video: MTL@PIT: Armia roofs shot over Jarry from in tight

Jarry made 22 saves for the Penguins (17-10-4), who had a three-game winning streak and 10-game home point streak (8-0-2) end. He allowed more than two goals for the third time in 12 games (10 starts) this season.

Tatar tied it 1-1 after Canadiens forward Phillip Danault took the puck away from Penguins forward Brandon Tanev before passing to Gallagher, who set up Tatar for a wrist shot.

Armia gave Montreal a 2-1 lead at 16:17 of the second after Penguins defenseman Kris Letang turned the puck over at the blue line. Armia held off Letang before scoring on a wrist shot.

Shea Weber made it 3-1 by racing into the offensive zone and scoring on a wraparound with 15 seconds remaining in the second.

Weber said it was his first wraparound goal "since I played (the video game) NHL 95, probably." 

Gallagher scored an empty-net goal with 1:39 remaining in the third for the 4-1 final. It was his fourth straight game with a goal.

Jake Guentzel scored on a pass from Bryan Rust on a 2-on-1 to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 2:59 of the first.

"It hasn't happened very much where we beat ourselves," Guentzel said. "I think tonight was one of those nights where we weren't playing simple. We weren't playing good in front of their D. They took advantage of us tonight."

Video: MTL@PIT: Guentzel buries Rust's feed to open scoring


They said it

"We definitely knew that we didn't have the strongest of first periods, but we were only down by one. We all knew that we could play better. We stuck with it. We had a good second. We had a good third as well." -- Canadiens goalie Carey Price

"I thought [Jarry] was good. For me, it's his compete level, it's his focus. I thought he was tracking the puck. He made some big saves for us in the second period. I thought we got outplayed in the second period. Give Montreal credit. They played well. But I don't think we helped ourselves either. We made some poor decisions. We weren't strong enough on pucks, and as a result, we didn't control the period like we're capable of." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan


Need to know

Canadiens forward Matthew Peca left the game midway through the third period after Penguins center Evgeni Malkin jumped and landed on him in the neutral zone. There was no update after the game. ... Weber scored his 10th goal, giving him at least that many in 11 of his 15 NHL seasons. … Forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion) did not travel with the Canadiens to Pittsburgh and missed a second straight game. ... Jarry played for the seventh time in Pittsburgh's past nine games (six starts). His shutout streak was the longest in the NHL this season. ... Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel played 15:20 after missing practice with an illness Monday. ... Pittsburgh's 10-game home point streak was its longest since it won 11 straight from Jan. 7-Feb. 17, 2018. The Penguins hadn't lost in regulation at home since a 3-0 loss to Vegas on Oct. 19.


What's next

Canadiens: Host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, RDS, NHL.TV)

Penguins: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-PT, FS-O, NHL.TV)

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