Phoenix Coyotes beat Montreal Canadiens 2-1
— The Phoenix Coyotes took care of business Sunday night, scoring two goals and one assist to beat Montreal, 3-2, to take a 2-0 series lead over the Canadiens.
Arizona (14-7-1) has now won two in a row and is 10-0-1 all-time in Games 3 and 4.
They have won three straight, including four in a span of three games.
Montreal (9-17-5) lost for the third time in four games.
With a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday, the Canadiens were on the verge of elimination.
The Canadiens scored just four goals over the last 12:36.
Carey Price had his goal overturned when he got a minor in the third period, but Montreal was still able to rally.
Montreal got an assist from Max Pacioretty and Ryan Reaves.
Both had assists in that period, as did Ryan Reimer.
Montreal will try to keep pace with Boston (12-19-5), which leads the NHL with 36 points.
Montreal is trying to win its fifth straight and fourth in five games after losing to the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in Game 3 on Saturday.
The Habs had the first goal in the second period.
Montreal was led by Max Pacisic who had a goal and an assist.
The game featured seven power-play goals.
It also was a scoreless first period for the Habs.
They got a pair of power-plays late in the game.
The two-minute warning was called just before 2:10 when Montreal was up 2-2.
Montreal had a chance to tie it late in regulation when defenseman Ryan Stanton, who was skating with his back to the net, took a hit from defenseman Alexei Emelin.
Stanton stayed in the crease for a few moments but was taken off the ice.
The hit was assessed and Stanton got sent to the box.
Stanton has been suspended for three games and is facing an NHL review.
The penalty was assessed for the hit.
The second period was a little quieter for the Canadiens, who played well early in the first.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the beginning of the second, but Phoenix got the better of it early on.
Arizona got the puck in the offensive zone on the rush and got a shot on goal.
Alexei Ponikarovsky took a feed from Mark Giordano to get the puck up the middle and scored his second goal of the season to give the Coyotes a 2.3-1 lead.
That put Montreal up 1-0 at 2:11 when Montreal got a rebound on a shot by David Desharnais.
Deshronais had a shot blocked and Montreal scored on the ensuing power play to put the game out of reach.
The first period was not much of a story for the Coyotes.
They were able to get a couple of chances, including a pair by Max Domi, but none of them got through.
The Coyotes were able get a few shots through on goal early in their first period.
Max Domisic scored his first goal of his NHL career with 2:13 remaining in the period.
He scored the opening goal of a power play at 7:06 of the first, but Deshordais took a shot and it was blocked by Maxime Talbot.
Montreal responded with two power plays in the opening period to tie the game at 1.
In the second and third periods, Montreal was able to score, including an odd-man rush that brought Paciertty back up the ice for a one-timer that came off the glass and went through the legs of Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov.
It was Paciorto’s third power-goal of the year and second of the playoffs.
He is the first Coyotes player to score twice in a game since Chris Pronger scored twice in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Montreal took its first lead of the game on a goal by Markstrom, who had two assists in the series.
Phoenix then scored two straight goals from the power play.
Markstrom took a break, got his feet wet and made some nice passes, but the power-time goal wasn’t to be.
Montreal would go on to win the game 4-3 in the shootout.
Montreal leads the Western Conference and the Pacific Division with 32 points.