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Montreal Rallies in Third to Take Down Pens

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) is checked to the ice by Montreal Canadiens' David Savard (58) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens scored five third-period goals, and the most important one came shortly after Pittsburgh tied the game.

Christian Dvorak scored the first of those five, helping the Canadiens end a lengthy road drought by beating the Penguins 6-3 on Saturday night.

Evan Rodrigues tied it at 1 with his power-play goal at 2:33 of the third period, but Dvorak scored 32 seconds later to help keep Montreal in front for good during a wild third period in which the teams combined for five goals in the final 2:37.

Artturi Lehkonen also added to Montreal’s third-period fluffy, as well as Josh Anderson’s two empty-netters and an empty-netter from Tyler Toffoli. Jonathan Drouin scored his third goal in the second period for Montreal, which snapped a seven-game road slide and a two-game losing streak, and Jake Allen stopped a season-high 47 shots.

Sidney Crosby scored a goal and had two assists for Pittsburgh, which saw its five-game winning streak end. Rodrigues and Jeff Carter also scored for Pittsburgh, which frantically tried to rally after falling behind 3-1 and 4-2 in the third period.

Drouin opened the scoring with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second period. The puck skipped over Kris Letang’s stick at the offensive blue line and Drouin took it the other way for a breakaway, beating DeSmith with a backhander between the legs.

Rodrigues tied the game and Jake Guentzel continued a career-best nine-game point streak with a secondary assist on the goal; it’s also the NHL’s longest active point streak.

But Dvorak beat DeSmith from the top of the crease and Lehkonen gave the Canadiens a 3-1 lead at 6:16 of the third period. Lehkonen whacked a loose rebound past DeSmith for his third goal in four games.

Carter scored for Pittsburgh with about three minutes left, but Anderson added his first of the Canadiens’ three empty-net goals with less than two minutes to go.

SUNDAY

CAPITALS 4, HURRICANES 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dmitry Orlov scored on a power play with 2:55 remaining, and the Washington Capitals recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Carolina Hurricanes.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, DUCKS 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Michael Bunting, Alexander Kerfoot and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist, and Toronto beat Anaheim to tie a franchise record with its seventh straight road win.

WILD 4, LIGHTNING 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman broke a 2-all tie in the third period, and Minnesota beat Tampa Bay.

SHARKS 2

BLACKHAWKS 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Timo Meier scored on a deflection and added an empty-net goal, James Reimer earned his 42nd career shutout, and San Jose beat Chicago.

DEVILS 5, FLYERS 2

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Andreas Johnsson had two goals and two assists, Jesper Bratt had a goal and two assists, and New Jersey beat Philadelphia.

BRUINS 3, CANUCKS 2

BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand scored the tying goal on a power play in the third period and set up David Pastrnak’s go-ahead score, helping Boston over Vancouver.

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