Landeskog scores in return, Avalanche defeated Canadiens 3-2

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MONTREAL – Gabriel Landeskog scored on his return from a lower body injury and the Colorado Avalanche beat the ailing Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Thursday night.

Ryan Graves and Matt Calvert also scored, and substitute goalkeeper Pavel Francouz made 39 saves to help the Avalanche win their fifth straight game and improve to 18-8-2.

Brendan Gallagher and Nick Cousins ​​scored for Montreal. The Canadiens lost nine out of 10 and fell back to 12-11-6.

Cayden Primeau stopped 32 shots on his NHL debut. The 20-year-old son of former NHL player Keith Primeau played in the first meeting for Montreal, with Carey Price going up against the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Graves opened the scoring at 6:13 of the first period and beat Primeau after a rebound.

Another rush to the right led to Colorado’s second goal, this time by Landeskog. The Avalanche captain, back in the line-up after 16 missed games, blew past Jeff Petry and hit Primeau’s blocker side at 12:57.

Calvert made it 3-0 with a shorthanded goal at 8:06 the second.

Gallagher brought the Canadiens on late in the second, and Cousins ​​made a power play early in the third.

NOTES: The Canadiens fell back for 90 seconds in the game when Jesperi Kotkaniemi fell awkwardly in the corner after a hit from Nikita Zadorov. The 19-year-old Center did not return. … Canadiens defender Otto Leskinen made his NHL debut. … Avs winger Andre Burakovsky (upper body injury) returned to the line-up after three failures. Nazem Kadri (lower body injury) was not used.


Avalanche: In Boston on Saturday night.

Canadiens: At the New York Rangers on Friday night.

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