Nov. 23 – Alex Newhook scored two goals, including the game-winning goal at 16:40 of the third period, to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Canadiens and a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1) in Anaheim.
With the score tied at 3-3 late in the final frame, Montreal’s Jake Evans made an aggressive play to win the puck at center ice and then charged deep into the Anaheim zone before passing to Newhook for the game-winning finish .
Mike Matheson and Kaiden Guhle scored Montreal’s other goals. Sean Monahan appeared to score a goalless goal in the final second, but was disallowed.
Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault stopped 30 of 33 shots, none bigger than a Save of the Year candidate, to thwart Frank Vatrano at 6:36 of the third period. While the Ducks threatened in a two-on-one duel, Montembeault’s spectacular glove save prevented Vatrano from scoring a surefire goal.
Mason McTavish had two goals and an assist for the Ducks in his second three-point game of the season. Vatrano had a goal and an assist, and rookie Tristan Luneau picked up an assist for his first NHL point.
The Ducks are on a four-game losing streak (0-4-0) as the team failed to complete its seventh NHL third-period comeback.
Montreal built a 2-0 lead in the first 6:37 minutes with goals from Newhook and Guhle. The two teams traded goals early in the second frame, and McTavish again brought the Ducks within one point at 6:00 of the second frame.
After being busted in highlight-reel style by Montembeault, Vatrano stayed patient and fired a wrist shot from the circle that tied the game at 11:31 of the final frame.
Anaheim goaltender John Gibson stopped 24 of 28 shots.
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