EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Josh Anderson had two goals, and the Montreal Canadiens withstood a late push by Edmonton, beating the Oilers 4-3to split a two-game series.
Tyler Toffoli and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for Montreal (20-15-9). Jake Allen made 22 saves as the Canadiens picked up just theirin nine games. Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar each had two assists.
Montreal moved eight points clear of the Calgary.
Connor McDavid had two. Mike Smith made 27 saves.
The Oilers, whoat home, missed a chance to pass the Winnipeg Jets for second in the standings.
The Canadiens were minus No. 1 goalie Carey Price (concussion) after getting bumped by Edmonton’s Alex Chiasson in Monday’s first period. The former Hart and Vezina, who will be out at least a week, had just returned to Montreal’s lineup Saturday following a six-game absence with a lower-body injury.
McDavid tied the game 1-1 with his 25th goal of the season, taking a pass from Caleb Jones off a Montreal turnover before moving in alone and beating Allen high at 3:09 of the.
But Anderson responded just 11 seconds later when he bullied hisAdam Larsson and snapped his 16th goal of the season, beating Smith on the short side.
The Oilers’ power play went to work later in the period but continued to struggle against the Canadiens, who had killed 22 of 24 penalties against Edmonton coming into Wednesday.
The Canadiens’ struggling powerconnected at 8:10 of the third when Toffoli jumped on a Josh Archibald turnover that went off Smith. He scored his 22nd, snapping a 3-for-35 run with the man advantage.
Anderson then put things out of reach with 4:47 remaining when he backhanded his 17th goal of the season on a sequence that stood after a coach’s challenge for goalie interference on Smith.
Nugent-Hopkins scored his 13th on a power play with 2:12 left and Smith on the bench for an extra attacker. Puljujarvianother late, but Montreal held on.
NOTES: Edmonton and Montreal will meetto wrap up their regular-season series. … Acquired from the Detroit Red Wings before the and having served the mandatory seven-day quarantine, defenseman Jon Merrill made his debut for Montreal. … Oilers blue-liner Dmitry Kulikov worked out with his new team for the first time Wednesday morning since coming over in a deal with the New . It’s .
Canadiens: At Calgary on Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights.
Oilers: At Winnipeg on Monday and Wednesday nights.
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