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Budaj leads Canadiens past Oilers

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 12:42 AM

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Budaj leads Canadiens past Oilers
Montréal Canadiens 4, Edmonton Oilers 1
Three Stars of the Game
Peter Budaj
1st
Peter Budaj
G
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 1-2
SV%: .964SH: 0-0
P.K. Subban
2nd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 25:34
Taylor Hall
3rd
Taylor Hall
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 25:07

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
NONE
2nd Period
02:28
EDM
PPG - Ryan Smyth (1) ASST: Taylor Hall (2), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1)
1 - 0 EDM
09:24
MTL
PPG - Brendan Gallagher (3) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (6), P.K. Subban (3)
1 - 1 Tie
12:05
MTL
Brandon Prust (1) ASST: Travis Moen (1), P.K. Subban (4)
2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
12:15
MTL
Alex Galchenyuk (1) ASST: Brendan Gallagher (2)
3 - 1 MTL
19:42
MTL
EN - Max Pacioretty (1) ASST: Daniel Briere (1), P.K. Subban (5)
4 - 1 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:26
MTL
Rene Bourque  Tripping against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
02:41
MTL
Alex Galchenyuk  Tripping against  Nick Schultz
05:24
EDM
Nail Yakupov  Cross checking against  Nathan Beaulieu
08:05
EDM
Luke Gazdic  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
08:05
MTL
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Luke Gazdic
2nd Period
01:00
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Too many men/ice - bench
08:35
EDM
Nick Schultz  Cross checking against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
12:33
MTL
Lars Eller  Boarding against  Taylor Hall
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .964SH: 0 - 0
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 26TOI: 55:54
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .885SH: 1 - 1