ANAHEIM - The Anaheim Ducks scored twice against one of the best penalty-killing units in the National Hockey League and went on to beat the Canadiens 4-1 Wednesday night at the Honda Center.
Devante Smith-Pelly snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 6:06 of the second period and Corey Perry scored with the man advantage at 1:51 of the third period when he redirected a shot by former Canadien François Beauchemin.
Andrei Kostitsyn opened the scoring in the first period, but Ryan Getzlaf pulled the Ducks even when he scored with 18.9 seconds remaining in the first period.
The Canadiens had gone 11 games without allowing a power-play goal and had killed off 45 opposition chances since giving up a power-play goal while playing two men short against the New York Rangers on Nov. 5. The Canadiens killed a two-man disadvantage for 1:30, but Tomas Plekanec was still in the box serving a four-minute penalty for high-sticking when Smith-Pelly scored on a scramble in front of Peter Budaj.
The Ducks escaped the first period with a 1-1 when Getzlaf ended a 14-game goal drought - the longest of his career - with a goal at 19:41. Hal Gill tried to poke the puck from behind the Montreal goal line, but the puck was intercepted by Corey Perry who found Getzlaf on the other side of the crease.
Kostitstyn beat Jonas Hiller with the Canadiens’ first shot on goal at 3:10. Tomas Plekanec found Kostitsyn in the high slot after Brian Gionta got the play started when he took the puck away from Teemu Selanne at the blue line.
The story of the opening period for Montreal was missed opportunities. Three consecutive Anaheim penalties gave the Canadiens a man advantage for 5:45, but they managed only three shots on goal and none of them posed any danger to the Ducks.
Niklas Hagman completed the scoring with an empty-net goal.
The Canadiens went 0-for-7 on the power play, while the Ducks were 2-for-7.
The Canadiens won’t have much time to relax before they face the San Jose Sharks Thursday night (10:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio-990). They wrap up the road trip Saturday afternoon with a game against the Los Angeles Kings (3:30 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio-990).
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