MONTREAL — Tomas Plekanec scored the Canadiens' second power-play goal of the game at 5:31 of the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and propel Montreal to a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Plekanec launched a shot from the top of the faceoff circle and got a break when Winnipeg defenceman Ron Hainsey deflected the puck in the crease. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Canadiens after a season-opening loss to Toronto.
The second period ended with the teams tied 3-3 as Erik Cole scored his first goal of the season at 15:08. The Canadiens had applied the pressure on a power play and Cole scored on a scramble three seconds after Alexander Burmistrov left the penalty box. Rookies Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk assisted on the goal.
The Jets came to life in the second period. Nik Antropov tied the game at 2-2 when he scored at 3:32, only three seconds after the Canadiens finished killing off a penalty to Lars Eller. And Olli Jokinen gave the Jets their first lead when he scored at 11:48 while the teams were playing 4-on-4.
Montreal jumped to a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Rene Bourque and Gallagher.
Bourque, who missed the net seven times in Sunday's overtime win over New Jersey, displayed laser-like accuracy as he one-timed a pass from Andrei Markov for a power-play goal at 8:20.
Gallagher scored his second of the season and he picked up a loose puck and beat Ondrej Pavelec with a rising shot off the rush at 14:22.
The Jets got one back when Blake Wheeler took advantage of a rebound in front to score a power-play goal at 16:10.
Winnipeg had an opportunity to tie the score in the dying seconds of the first period when Carey Price played a puck behind the net and put a weak pass on Kyle Wellwood's stick. Josh Gorges foiled Wellwood's scoring attempt went he dove into the crease to clear the puck.
The Canadiens have their first back-to-back experience of the season when they travel to Ottawa to face the Senators Wednesday. The Senators will probably be without Jason Spezza. He missed Tuesday night's game against Washington because of an upper-body injury but the Senators rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2.
Defenceman P.K. Subban, who agreed to a two-year contract Monday, will join the team in Ottawa and will undergo a physical before the morning skate. There's no indication when he will play his first game.
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