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Ylonen scores winner in 3rd, Canadiens beat Sharks 3-1

Feb 28, 2023, 8:26 AM | Updated: 11:00 pm

Montreal Canadiens center Rem Pitlick, center, moves the puck while defended by San Jose Sharks def...

Montreal Canadiens center Rem Pitlick, center, moves the puck while defended by San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Benning, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

(AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)


              San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, right, looks to pass the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              San Jose Sharks defenseman Jacob MacDonald, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              San Jose Sharks left wing Alexander Barabanov, right, and Montreal Canadiens left wing Michael Pezzetta compete for possession of the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Montreal Canadiens center Christian Dvorak, right, moves the puck while defended by San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Benning, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              San Jose Sharks defenseman Jacob MacDonald, left, moves the puck while defended by Montreal Canadiens left wing Michael Pezzetta, background, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen (34) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Montreal Canadiens center Rem Pitlick, center, moves the puck while defended by San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Benning, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Ylonen scored the go-ahead goal with 10 minutes remaining and the Montreal Canadiens beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Kaiden Guhle and Christian Dvorak also scored in the third period for the Canadiens, and Jake Allen made 38 saves for his 14th win.

“He was unreal again. He’s been really good this whole season. And again tonight, he played a big part in that we won this game,” Ylonen said.

San Jose defenseman Jacob MacDonald scored his first goal of the season and first for the Sharks. Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 29 shots in his 13th loss.

MacDonald scored 1:43 into the first period. Sharks forward Nico Sturm caused a turnover in front of the Montreal net, allowing MacDonald to sneak in and tuck home the puck.

“Our guys had a great forecheck. (The) puck just popped out to a good spot, and I put it home,” MacDonald said.

At 8:07 of the third, Guhle wound up and took a big slap shot for his third goal of the season. The defenseman beat Kahkonen through the legs, tying it 1-all.

“I thought we were too loose. Even in the first two periods, we had some chances to go up 2-0 and just couldn’t capitalize. I thought our defenseman reads were giving up odd-man rushes,” Sharks coach David Quinn said. “We were just too loose at the end of the day. When you give up a 2-on-0 basically to lose the game, that’s just not really having a conscience and not reading the situation.”

Less than two minutes later, Canadiens forward Rem Pitlick broke in, creating a 2-on-0, and fed Ylonen at the mouth of the net for his second goal of the season at 9:59.

“Well, I know that Pitlick is a really good player, and he can see those plays. So I actually was expecting the puck to come, and it was a great play by him. It was easy to score from there,” Ylonen said.

Dvorak, who also assisted on Ylonen’s goal, added an empty-netter with five seconds left for his 10th goal this season.

“I didn’t mind our first two periods. I just felt we were leaving a lot on the table because we just weren’t quite executing. We talked between the second and third that, you know, we need the third to be our best period of the night, and it was,” Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis said.

INJURY UPDATE

Sharks defenseman Radim Simek played his first game since getting injured on Dec. 31.

ROSTER MOVES

Sharks forwards Andreas Johnsson and Fabian Zetterlund made their San Jose debuts after being acquired in a trade that sent Timo Meier to the New Jersey Devils.

The Sharks also acquired defenseman Henry Thrun from the Anaheim Ducks for a third-round pick in the 2024 draft.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Sharks: Host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

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