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National Hockey League
Montreal 5, Anaheim 2
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 3, 2018
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Dave Jackson, Steve Kozari
Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Trent Knorr
Attendance: 21302
Logan Shaw, Joe Morrow and David Schlemko all scored in the first 11 minutes of the opening period and Jeff Petry tallied twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday afternoon in Montreal.

Montreal backup goalie Antti Niemi, who has played for three NHL teams this season, made 43 saves for the Canadiens to claim just his second victory of the season and help his team snap a three-game losing skid. The win was tempered by a possible injury to Jonathan Drouin, who was hit by a puck early in the second period and sent for X-rays.

Shots were 8-0 for Anaheim when Shaw, claimed off waivers from the Ducks a few weeks ago, opened the scoring for his first point with the Canadiens.

That set the hosts off and running. Morrow doubled the lead with a rocket while his team was on a power play, and then Schlemko's goal just past the period's midway point spelled the end of the game for Ducks starting goalie Ryan Miller, the victim of three goals on seven shots, in favor of Reto Berra.

Neither the goalie switch nor the first intermission turned the momentum for the visitors, at least not immediately. Petry's marker early in the middle frame gave Montreal four goals on just 11 shots and a 4-0 lead.

Anaheim's Corey Perry provided the Ducks with a spark before the game's midway point by potting a power-play goal - the 100th man-advantage marker of his career - and then Rickard Rakell cut the lead in half by burying a rebound after Niemi denied Nick Ritchie on a partial breakaway, but that's as close as the Ducks came.

Petry rounded out the scoring with his second power-play goal of the game. Morrow, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk also had two-point games.

Berra stopped 20 shots for the Ducks, who are without No. 1 goalie John Gibson due to injury.

-- Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Anaheim   Montreal
Rickard Rakell 2 Points Jeff Petry 2
Rickard Rakell 1 Goals Jeff Petry 2
Cam Fowler 2 Assists Alex Galchenyuk 2
Corey Perry 1 Power Play Goals Jeff Petry 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Reto Berra .909 Save Percentage Antti Niemi .956
Reto Berra 20 Saves Antti Niemi 43
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Anaheim 45 2 1-4 4-7 24 30
Montreal 29 5 3-7 3-4 8 23
Upcoming Games
  • Montreal will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .476 after a win and .355 after a loss.
  • Anaheim will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Ducks have a W/L % of .440 after a win and .500 after a loss.