MONTREAL (AP) — Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene scored on Colorado’s first two shootout attempts and the Avalanche extended their winning streak to four with a 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
David Jones had two goals and an assist and Semyon Varlamov made 38 saves during the game for Colorado, which blew three one-goal leads before Kyle Quincey scored with 4:03 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Quincey and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist and Chuck Kobasew scored his first Avalanche goal.
Brian Gionta, who also had two assists, and David Desharnais scored goals 20 seconds apart in the third to give Montreal a 5-4 lead at 13:17.
Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Travis Moen also scored for the Canadiens, who have lost three of four, including their home opener against Calgary on Thursday.
Carey Price, who stopped 24 shots, came up short in his second straight bid for his 100th career win.
Gionta put a backhand past Varlamov to tie it 12:57 into the third. Desharnais deflected Pacioretty’s pass into the right side of the net for his first goal of the season at 13:17, bringing on a roar from the sold-out Bell Centre crowd of 21,273.
Jones set up Kobasew’s first Colorado goal in the first before scoring twice in the second.
Jones tied it at 2 on a power play 11:37 into the middle period and scored his second goal of the period — his third of the season — at 18:42 to give the Avalanche a 5-4 lead.
Jones erased the Canadiens’ 2-1 lead when he drove the left side to take Erik Johnson’s pass and cut to the net to put a wrist shot past Price with Pacioretty off for holding.
Stastny made it 3-2 with an unassisted effort 54 seconds later. He got his first of the season on a breakaway, slipping a backhand between Price’s pads after stripping the puck from P.K. Subban at center ice.
Moen drew Montreal even at 3 with his second goal 15:51 into the second. Moen took Gionta’s pass and drove the left side with Colorado defenseman Shane O’Brien in pursuit to slip the puck past Varlamov inside the left post.
Plekanec gave the Canadiens their first lead at 2-1 with a power-play goal 1:35 into the second. The Czech center moved to the deep slot where he drove a slap shot over Varlamov’s shoulder into the top right corner for his second goal of the season.
NOTES: Avalanche C Kevin Porter made his season debut as Peter Mueller missed his second straight game because of an undisclosed injury. LW T.J. Galiardi was left out of the lineup. … Price, drafted fifth overall by Montreal in 2005, is 99-78-25 in 210 regular season games since 2007-08, including 202 starts.
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