The Montreal Canadiens scored four goals in the final 6:27 of the third period to stun the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Sunday night at Rogers Place.
“They played a heck of game,” remarked head coach Todd McLellan. “They disrupted a lot of our exits out of the zone. They got sticks on pucks, batted things down, disrupted the flow of the game. So you have to give them some credit, they were very effective at what they did. Unfortunately for us we couldn’t stick with it long enough to get the win.”
After a scoreless first period, Milan Lucic beat Carey Price five-hole on a two-on-one 4:17 into the second. The Oilers had a chance to go up two when they had a four-minute power play halfway through the frame, but couldn’t convert.
Paul Bryon finally beat Cam Talbot with 6:27 left, walking out front and sliding the puck home inside the far post. Just 1:09 later, Max Pacioretty’s centring pass caromed off Oscar Klefbom and beat Talbot.
Byron and Pacioretty added empty net goals.
The Oilers were outshot 41-25 and are winless in their last three. They’ll host Dallas on Tuesday. (jrw)