Frolik, Montoya lead Jets past Canadiens

NHL.com | Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 4:19 PM

MONTREAL (NHL.com) - The Winnipeg Jets continue to roll under Paul Maurice.

Michael Frolik scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, Al Montoya stopped 30 shots on goal and the Jets improved to 8-2-0 under their new coach with a 2-1 victory on Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Jets (27-25-5), who moved to within four points of the Vancouver Canucks, who currently hold the final Western Conference spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After allowing 24 goals in the final five games under former coach Claude Noel, the Jets have allowed 21 goals in 10 games under Maurice.

Brian Gionta scored the only goal for the Canadiens (29-21-6), who were swept in their traditional pair of matinees on Super Bowl weekend (0-1-1), losing each game by the same score.

Montoya, starting for the second time in the Jets' past 11 games, was outstanding in goal for Winnipeg, making a number of strong saves in the first half of the game to keep Montreal off the scoreboard. Montoya also got some help from his goal posts; Brandon Prust and Gionta each struck iron behind him in the second period.

The Canadiens' power play continued to struggle, going 0-for-3, with two of them coming in the third period with Montreal down 2-1. The Canadiens are 4-for-44 on the power play in their past 14 games.

Carey Price made 33 saves in goal for the Canadiens, but committed a costly turnover that led to the winning goal.

With the game tied 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Jets took the lead again at 1:04 of the third period on a mistake by Price, who left his net to play the puck only to lose it to Andrew Ladd. The Jets captain quickly sent the puck in front and found Frolik, who had an empty net to shoot at for his 12th goal of the season and his second in as many games.

After a scoreless first period where the teams traded momentum swings, with the Jets jumping out to a 7-0 lead in shots in the first three minutes before the Canadiens took over with a 12-3 advantage the rest of the period, Winnipeg opened the scoring midway through the second.

Chris Thorburn was battling for a puck to the side of the Canadiens net when he managed to send it back to Enstrom at the point. Enstrom skated along the boards and around the net before coming out the other side and banking a shot in off Price for his sixth goal of the season at 9:13.

Gionta had a breakaway opportunity at in the 15th minute of the second period, but his shot to Montoya's blocker side rang off the inside of the post. When Gionta got another opportunity less than three minutes later, he didn't make the same mistake.

Gionta took a feed in the slot from Tomas Plekanec and quickly let go of a snap shot that beat Motoya high on the glove side for the Canadiens captain's 10th goal of the season at 17:06 to tie the game 1-1.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
09:13WPG Toby Enstrom (6) ASST: Chris Thorburn (8), Blake Wheeler (23) 1 - 0 WPG
17:06MTL Brian Gionta (10) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (16), Andrei Markov (24) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:04WPG Michael Frolik (12) ASST: Andrew Ladd (27) 2 - 1 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Al Montoya
Al Montoya
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 24-25
PIM: 2PP: 6-6
SV%: .968SH: 0-0
Dustin Byfuglien
Dustin Byfuglien
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 10
PTS: 0PIM: 4
+/-: 0TOI: 17:26
Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 13:41
Penalty Summary
1st Period
11:11WPG Olli Jokinen  Tripping against  Nathan Beaulieu
2nd Period
00:18MTL Andrei Markov  Interference against  Michael Frolik
16:27WPG Mark Stuart  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
16:27MTL Brendan Gallagher  Roughing against  Mark Stuart
18:53MTL Brendan Gallagher  Holding against  Mark Stuart
19:33WPG Dustin Byfuglien  Roughing against  Travis Moen
19:33MTL Travis Moen  Roughing against  Dustin Byfuglien
3rd Period
05:22WPG Chris Thorburn  Interference against  Daniel Briere
12:58WPG Dustin Byfuglien  Slashing against  Nathan Beaulieu
13:30MTL Brendan Gallagher  Tripping against  Bryan Little
20:00MTL Daniel Briere  Interference on goalkeeper against  Al Montoya
20:00MTL Daniel Briere  Roughing against  Al Montoya
20:00WPG Al Montoya  Roughing against  Daniel Briere
20:00WPG Anthony Peluso  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
20:00MTL Max Pacioretty  Roughing against  Anthony Peluso
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/3
Faceoff Wins2134
Blocked Shots2123
Penalty Minutes1416
2A. PardyD0000010:28
5M. StuartD0015218:07
7K. EllerbyD000209:50
8J. TroubaD0001024:31
12O. JokinenC0002219:04
14A. PelusoR000024:00
16A. LaddL0103017:57
17J. WrightC000007:02
18B. LittleC0003018:06
22C. ThorburnR0110213:33
26B. WheelerR0110020:19
27E. TangradiL000004:25
33D. ByfuglienD0004417:26
39T. EnstromD1001026:42
40D. SetoguchiR0002016:08
44Z. BogosianD0016027:30
55M. ScheifeleC0012020:11
67M. FrolikR1014016:41
35A. Montoya3031.96860:00
6D. MurrayD00-11015:35
8B. PrustL0000016:16
11B. GallagherR00-12618:35
14T. PlekanecC0113020:47
17R. BourqueR0002013:41
21B. GiontaR1013016:32
26J. GorgesD0002020:30
32T. MoenL00-1028:16
40N. BeaulieuD00-10015:36
48D. BriereC0000415:06
49M. BournivalL00-1107:49
51D. DesharnaisC00-13017:50
60C. ThomasL00-1106:06
67M. PaciorettyL00-13217:24
74A. EmelinD0003019:24
76P. SubbanD0003026:38
79A. MarkovD0102222:19
81L. EllerC0002014:36
31C. Price3335.94359:00