Cana­di­ens ex­e­cute plan, beat up Pens

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

PITTS­BURGH — The Mon­treal Cana­di­ens used a sys­tem­atic ap­proach to frus­trate and shut down the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins’ star-stud­ded at­tack.

Paul Byron scored two goals and added an as­sist, lead­ing the Cana­di­ens to a 5-1 vic­tory over the Pen­guins on Sat­ur­day.

“Our plan was just to skate and forecheck re­lent­lessly,” Byron said. “When you give (the Pen­guins) space to skate, they’re go­ing to make plays all night. But when you close lanes, I think that makes it hard for them.”

The Cana­di­ens opened the sea­son with three of four pos­si­ble points in two road games against Toronto and Pitts­burgh. Byron con­trib­uted Sat­ur­day with his first multi­goal game since scor­ing a hat trick last De­cem­ber against De­troit.

Bren­dan Gal­lagher, Joel Ar­mia and Charles Hudon also scored for the Cana­di­ens, who snapped a five-game los­ing streak against Pitts­burgh. It was Mon­treal’s first win against Pitts­burgh since Al Mon­toya’s 36-save shutout Oct. 18, 2016.

Carey Price made 21 saves for his first win against Pitts­burgh since Oct. 13, 2015. Price had plenty of help as the Cana­di­ens blocked 22 shots, one more than he faced.

Ri­ley Shea­han scored for Pitts­burgh, which lamented its puck man­age­ment dur­ing a wild sea­son-open­ing 7-6 over­time win against Wash­ing­ton on Thurs­day.

■ Black­hawks 5, Blues 4, OT — At St. Louis, Jonathan Toews scored his third goal of the game 2:20 into over­time, and Chicago beat the Blues.

Toews tied it at 4 at 6:59 of the third pe­riod when he cor­ralled the re­bound of Alex De­Brin­cat’s slap shot and pushed it past goalie Jake Allen. Toews scored the win­ner on a break­away to give the Black­hawks their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive over­time vic­tory.

■ Light­ning 2, Pan­thers 1, SO —

At Tampa, Fla., J.T Miller and Nikita Kucherov scored in the shootout, and Tampa Bay beat Flor­ida in the opener for both teams.

Flor­ida goalie Roberto Luongo de­parted mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod with a lower-body in­jury.

■ Ducks 1, Coy­otes 0 — At Glen­dale, Ariz., John Gib­son stopped 41 shots, rookie Max Com­tois scored for the sec­ond straight game to open his NHL ca­reer, and Ana­heim beat Ari­zona.

■ Stars 5, Jets 1 — At Dal­las, Jamie Benn had two power-play goals, and Tyler Seguin scored an­other and had a goal at even strength in the Stars’ vic­tory over Win­nipeg.

■ Preda­tors 4, Is­lan­ders 3 — At New York, Vik­tor Arvids­son scored twice, and Nash­ville spoiled New York’s home opener.

■ Avalanche 5, Fly­ers 2 — At Den­ver, Colin Wil­son scored two goals, Se­myon Var­lamov had 35 saves, and Colorado beat Philadel­phia.

■ Sabres 3, Rangers 1 — At Buf­falo, N.Y., Conor Sheary scored two goals, Carter Hut­ton made 43 saves, and Buf­falo earned its first vic­tory of the sea­son.

■ Dev­ils 5, Oil­ers 2 — At Gothen­burg, Swe­den, Kyle Palmieri and Travis Za­jac scored two goals each to lead New Jersey past Ed­mon­ton in an over­seas opener for both teams.

■ Sen­a­tors 5, Maple Leafs 3 —

At Toronto, Thomas Chabot had two goals and an as­sist, and Craig An­der­son made 34 saves in Ot­tawa’s vic­tory over Toronto.

■ Flames 7, Canucks 4 — At Cal­gary, Al­berta, Elias Lind­holm scored his sec­ond goal to give the Flames the lead the third pe­riod, and Cal­gary scored four goals over­all in the fi­nal pe­riod to beat Van­cou­ver.

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