Monahan scores twice as the Canadiens hold off the Kraken 4-2

MONTREAL (AP) — Sean Monahan scored two goals and Josh Anderson broke a 27-game goal drought from last season with an empty-net goal that sealed the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Monday night.

Montreal Canadiens 4, Seattle Kraken 2: Box score

With Montreal leading 3-2 and Seattle piling on the pressure, Anderson dropped the puck from his own zone into the Kraken net with 32 seconds left.

Tanner Pearson also scored for Montreal (11-11-3), which won its first home game since Nov. 11.

Samuel Montembeault made 31 saves in his first start since signing a three-year, $9.45 million contract extension with the Canadiens. He looked sharp early on, twice denying Kraken striker Alex Wennberg with saves down the left flank.

Vince Dunn, with a goal and an assist, and Jared McCann scored for Seattle (8-12-6), which lost its fifth straight game. Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 shots.

Monahan scored the first goal 4:03 into the first period after Jake Evans forced a turnover. Pearson doubled Montreal’s lead to 3:12 in the second period by stopping a rebound.

Monahan scored his second goal on the power play and made it 3-0 after 6:58 minutes.

Seattle erased the deficit when, after being iced out, McCann took advantage of a tired Montreal group and fired a wrist shot past Montembeault at 14:05 of the second for his 12th goal for the team.

Dunn brought the Kraken within one goal with a slap shot over Montembeault’s right shoulder on the power play at 4:49.

Veteran forward Brendan Gallagher played his 700th NHL game, all with the Canadiens. Montreal drafted Gallagher in the fifth round, 147th overall, in the 2010 draft. He has 207 goals and 198 assists and is the 27th player to reach the 700-game milestone in franchise history.


Seattle Kraken: Begin a six-game homestand on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.

Montreal Canadiens: Complete a four-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Saturday: Forsberg made 39 saves in the shutdown as the Sens beat Seattle Kraken 2-0

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