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.