Budaj leads Canadiens past Oilers | Friday, 10.11.2013 / 12:42 AM

EDMONTON -- Peter Budaj made 27 saves to win his first start of the season as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Thursday night.

Budaj got the start one night after the Canadiens lost 3-2 to the Calgary Flames with Carey Price in goal and allowed only a second-period goal to Ryan Smyth.

Brendan Gallagher, Brandon Prust, Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, now 2-2-0 for the season and 1-1-0 on a four-game trip through Western Canada that continues against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 shots for the Oilers (1-3-0), who begin a six-game Eastern trip by visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Smyth opened the scoring at 2:28 of the second period. He was on his stomach when he redirected Taylor Hall's centering pass behind Budaj. Smyth, who was a healthy scratch in Monday night's 5-4 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils, took a cross check from Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban but still managed to get a stick on Hall's pass.

Gallagher tied the game at 9:24 by converting a cross-crease feed from Galchenyuk for a power-play goal. The Canadiens capitalized after defenseman Andrew Ference broke his stick on a clearing attempt. Galchenyuk was able to control the puck and slid it past Ference to Gallagher at the side of the net for his third goal of the season.

Prust put the Canadiens up at 12:05 by knocking a loose puck past Dubnyk. Subban kept the play alive by eluding a pair of Oilers and getting a shot toward the front of the net. The puck was kicked away by Dubnyk, but Prust was left alone to tap in his first of the season.

Galchenyuk made it 3-1 at 12:15 of the third when he took a pass from Gallagher on a 2-on-1 rush and buried it for his first of the season. Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins pulled Dubnyk with more than four minutes remaining, but the Oilers were unable to beat Budaj before Pacioretty hit the empty net with 17.1 seconds remaining.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
02:28EDM PPG - Ryan Smyth (1) ASST: Taylor Hall (2), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1) 1 - 0 EDM
09:24MTL PPG - Brendan Gallagher (3) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (6), P.K. Subban (3) 1 - 1 Tie
12:05MTL Brandon Prust (1) ASST: Travis Moen (1), P.K. Subban (4) 2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
12:15MTL Alex Galchenyuk (1) ASST: Brendan Gallagher (2) 3 - 1 MTL
19:42MTL EN - Max Pacioretty (1) ASST: Daniel Briere (1), P.K. Subban (5) 4 - 1 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 1-2
SV%: .964SH: 0-0
P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 25:34
Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 25:07
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:26MTL Rene Bourque  Tripping against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
02:41MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Tripping against  Nick Schultz
05:24EDM Nail Yakupov  Cross checking against  Nathan Beaulieu
08:05EDM Luke Gazdic  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
08:05MTL Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Luke Gazdic
2nd Period
01:00MTL Brendan Gallagher  Too many men/ice - bench
08:35EDM Nick Schultz  Cross checking against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
12:33MTL Lars Eller  Boarding against  Taylor Hall
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/21/4
Faceoff Wins3036
Blocked Shots2121
Penalty Minutes139
8B. PrustL1013511:31
11B. GallagherR1114013:17
14T. PlekanecC0010018:24
17R. BourqueR0001213:48
21B. GiontaR0002014:33
26J. GorgesD0011022:43
27A. GalchenyukC1112213:54
32T. MoenL0113011:34
40N. BeaulieuD0000011:43
48D. BriereC0111015:56
49M. BournivalL001207:05
51D. DesharnaisC0000014:20
55F. BouillonD0000012:09
61R. DiazD0000023:30
67M. PaciorettyL1014018:09
76P. SubbanD0332025:34
79A. MarkovD0021024:21
81L. EllerC0011220:01
30P. Budaj2728.96460:00
2J. PetryD00-21018:40
4T. HallL01-14025:07
5L. SmidD0000014:41
13M. BrownR000005:32
14J. EberleR00-12026:27
15N. SchultzD0000213:10
19J. SchultzD00-23025:25
20L. GazdicL000054:09
21A. FerenceD00-23019:34
26M. ArcobelloR0001014:11
27B. GordonC00-10012:45
41W. ActonC000006:47
57D. PerronL00-13023:26
64N. YakupovR00-14213:21
77A. BelovD0001022:08
83A. HemskyR00-21018:18
94R. SmythL10-14011:52
40D. Dubnyk2326.88555:54