Evgenii Dadonov scores twice, Canadiens beat Jets 4-1

Jan 17, 2023, 4:58 AM | Updated: 8:29 pm
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault, center, celebrates with teammates after defeating t...

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault, center, celebrates with teammates after defeating the Winnipeg Jets in an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

              Winnipeg Jets' Karson Kuhlman (20) is held up by Montreal Canadiens' Jordan Harris (54) as he moves in on Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stops Montreal Canadiens' Kirby Dach (77) as Jets' Nate Schmidt (88) and Ville Heinola (14) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is scored on by Montreal Canadiens' Evgenii Dadonov (not shown) as Jets' Saku Maenalanen looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson (17) scores against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck as Jets' Neal Pionk looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Montreal Canadiens' Evgenii Dadonov (63) celebrates with teammates Mike Matheson (8) and Michael Pezzetta after scoring against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Montreal Canadiens' Mike Hoffman (68) scores against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck as Jets' Ville Heinola (14) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Montreal Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault, center, celebrates with teammates after defeating the Winnipeg Jets in an  NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) — Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and Samuel Montembeault made 24 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Mike Hoffman and Josh Anderson also scored for injury-riddled Montreal. Justin Barron, Christian Dvorak and Kirby Dach each had two assists. Barron played against brother Morgan Barron for the first time in the NHL.

Montreal was without Juraj Slafkovsky, Joel Armia, Jake Evans and Jonathan Drouin, while Rem Pitlick and Rafael Harvey-Pinard were emergency call-ups.

“You’re always stronger collectively than you are individually,” Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis said. “We’re trying a culture where even if you lose guys, guys that play important roles, anyone that steps in plays the way we play.

“When you have that mentality, you can deal with the turnaround and we’re working really hard on that. You’re going to lose players but you need to keep building.”

Kyle Connor scored his 200th NHL goal, connecting on a power play early in the second period to open the scoring for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for the Jets.

“We weren’t skating, our legs weren’t going, our compete wasn’t good, our execution was way off,” Jets coach Rick Bowness said. “There’s very few games that we’re going to walk out of a rink and say we didn’t deserve to win, but that certainly was that tonight. We didn’t deserve to win that.”

Montreal scored three times in the second.

After missing an opportunity from the slot, Dadonov took Barron’s pass from the slot and whipped in a one-timer to tie it. Montreal took the lead when Hoffman beat Hellebuyck with a wrist shot, and Dadonov made it 3-1 off a rebound.

Anderson completed the scoring in the third.

UP NEXT

Jets: At Toronto on Thursday night.

Canadiens: Hoat Panthers on Thursday night.

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