Mike Hoffman scored in 3:52 of extra time, Sam Montembeault blocked 37 shots and the Montreal Canadiens ended a three-game losing streak in a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.
Montembeault made some tough saves in the third period and the Canadians controlled the puck in most overtime. Hoffman won by sliding in the middle of the ice and beating Karel Vejmelka.
Christian Dvorak had a goal against his former team and Cole Caufield also scored for Montreal.
Arizona made the early jump and created several good scoring chances as they trailed Montreal 17-5 in the first period. Montembeault was sharp to keep it scoreless, starting with a sliding kick save and two penalty kills. He finished the first period by coughing the puck into an own goal, stopping Lawson Crouse just outside the crease.
Goals came quickly in the second period.
Caufield broke the tie in 49 seconds, dragging his toe to set a wrist that beat Vejmelka from the right rim. It was Montreal’s first goal in the first or second period in six games.
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Schmaltz needed 35 seconds to equalize and took a shot at Montembeault through the hoops. Playing five seasons in the desert, Dvorak put Montreal back in the lead three minutes later and diverted Arber Xhekaj’s shot from near the blue line.
Maccelli got the Coyotes’ answer mid-period by beating Montembeault between pads in a short breakout.
In the third period, his chances to score were almost completely dry.
Montembeault put Lawson Crouse on a short 2-v-1 hard save and got some help when Shayne Gostisbehere’s right-half shot hit the crossbar.
Coyotes forward Liam O’Brien missed his second game in a row and was listed week after week with an upper body injury. Montreal defender Mike Matheson did not play and was left indefinitely with a lower body injury. David Savard also missed his eighth game with an upper body injury and was placed on the injured reserve list retroactively to 4 December. The Canadians announced they would honor PK Subban at the Bell Center when they faced Nashville on January 12.
The Canadians will face the Avalanche in Colorado on Wednesday night while the Coyotes play with the Golden Knights in Las Vegas.