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Kane's two power-play goals lift Sharks past Canadiens

Hertl has three assists, Dell makes 35 saves for San Jose, which has won four of six

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Kane's second power-play goal

SJS@MTL: Kane puts home backhander for second PPG

Evander Kane locates Tomas Hertl's rebound in front of the net and sweeps it home on the backhand for his second power-play goal of the game

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MONTREAL -- Evander Kane had three points, including two power-play goals, for the San Jose Sharks in a 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Tomas Hertl had three assists, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson scored, and Aaron Dell made 35 saves for San Jose (4-5-1), which has won four of its past six games (4-1-1).

"I think we played probably the best game we've played yet," Dell said. "We might have been a little bit loose in that first period, but we talked about that and then tightened it right up for the rest of the game after that."

 

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Nick Cousins and Joel Armia scored, and Carey Price made 19 saves for Montreal (4-4-2), which has lost two in a row.

The Canadiens have lost nine straight games in regulation to the Sharks since a 2-0 win March 21, 2015.

"Let me put it this way, did we get some chances? Absolutely," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. "We had lots of chances, even in the third period, but we didn't bury them. They didn't get that many chances, but they buried them."

Video: SJS@MTL: Kane angles home PPG with skate

Barclay Goodrow appeared to give San Jose a 1-0 lead at 7:02 of the first period, but Julien challenged the play for offside, and the goal was overturned after video review.

"I thought we had a good game," Labanc said. "I mean, it was a big game for us and we needed the two points. So we came out, we did that right from the get-go, we had a goal called back, but it didn't stop us. We just kept our foot on the gas pedal and came out of here with two points."

Cousins scored his first goal with the Canadiens to make it 1-0 at 16:36 of the first. After Dell made the initial save on his shot from the left face-off circle on a 2-on-1, Cousins gathered his own rebound, kicked the puck forward, and scored on a shot from a sharp angle.

Kane tied the game 1-1 at 19:05 of the first when Logan Couture's shot from the right side redirected into an open net off his skate.

"I thought we had a good start in the first period, the first five minutes, and then they started taking it to us," Kane said. "And [Dell] held us in there and kept it at a 1-0 game, and we were able to tie it."

Kane scored his second goal on the power play to give San Jose a 2-1 lead at 4:54 of the second period.

"This is the first year I've had an opportunity to play on the first unit, and I'm just trying to take advantage of that," said Kane, who has scored five of his six goals on the power play. "It's fun scoring 5-on-5, I've done a lot of that in my career, but it's definitely nice to get those power-play opportunities, and with one less guy out there for them, it makes it a little bit easier."

Labanc extended the lead to 3-1 at 8:08, scoring on a one-timer from low in the left circle off a pass from Hertl.

Karlsson scored his first goal of the season to push the lead to 4-1 at 19:24, beating Price blocker side from the right hash marks.

"It's definitely not ideal. It's a buzzkill, for sure," Price said about allowing a goal in the final minute of a period.

Armia deflected Max Domi's centering pass to cut it to 4-2 at 19:46 of the second.

Video: SJS@MTL: Labanc finishes nice feed from Hertl

 

They said it

"We could have created more. They had a lot of chances. I thought [Aaron Dell] played great. Sometimes you need nights like that where your goalie's making big time saves." -- Sharks captain Logan Couture

"Special teams have to make a difference. We almost made the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] last year without much of a power play, not to say that's what we want out of our penalty kill. It's got to be a lot better. The power play has been pretty good for us this year, it's just the way the penalty kill is going right now we just have to figure that out." -- Canadiens captain Shea Weber

Video: Clutch Performance: Kane scores two against Canadiens

 

Need to know

Defenseman Brent Burns played in his 600th game with the Sharks. … Domi has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a seven-game point streak.

 

What's next

Sharks: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS, NHL.TV)

Video: Kane, Dell help Sharks down Canadiens, 4-2

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