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The Montreal Canadiens will look to snap their four-game losing streak when they visit the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Martin St-Louis’ side begin their trip to California and continue their five-game away streak after losing 5-2 to Boston Bruinslast Saturday.
Alex Newhook gave CH the first goal rarely this season. After running a power play that didn’t pay off, Newhook finally found the opening by firing a nice wrist shot off a pass from Nate Pearson.
Just 38 seconds later, Jake Evans won his battle along the boards and passed to Jesse Ylönen who went two-on-one with Kaiden Guhle. The latter took advantage of the opportunity and doubled the lead.
The Ducks closed the gap as soon as they returned from the break, with a massive attack. After receiving a faceoff, Mason McTavish settled in front of the net and finished off a passing play from Leo Carlsson and Pavel Mintyukov.
CH responded immediately thanks to Mike Matheson firing into the top left corner to restore the two goal lead.
McTavish came back to make it 3-2. On this string, Tristan Luneau collected his first NHL point in three games. The 19-year-old Quebecer, who is a former member of the Gatineau Olympics in the QMJHL, has collected two assists in six games so far with the American League farm club, the San Diego Gulls. Luneau was a 2022 second-round pick, 53rd overall.
Frank Vatrano then tied the game midway through the third period with his 13th goal of the season, while McTavish assisted to continue a great night’s work. Vatrano, who was just frustrated by Samuel Montembeault’s spectacular defense, ranks among the top snipers on the Bettman circuit, just behind Auston Matthews and Kyle Connor, who have 14.