Montreal skates past Wild, 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Francis Bouillon and Andrei Markov each scored for Montreal and the Canadiens killed off 10 Minnesota power plays to beat the Wild 2-1 on Thursday night.
Alex Tanguay assisted on both Montreal goals and Carey Price made 28 saves for the Canadiens. Before losing the night before in Dallas, Minnesota had been the last NHL team without a loss in regulation to start the 2008-09 season.
Montreal, meanwhile, improved to 7-1-1 and won its second straight.
Heading into the game, Minnesota owned the league's best penalty kill and third-best power play. But the Canadiens made the Wild look inept on the man advantage -- Minnesota tied its franchise worst with the 10 blown opportunities.
Montreal took a 2-1 lead early in the second period on Markov's one-timer from the right circle -- a 5-on-3 power-play goal after a questionable slashing call on Minnesota's Mikko Koivu.
Minnesota had more than its share of chances to repay the Canadiens. After the goal, Minnesota had six consecutive power-play opportunities -- including three 5-on-3s -- but could barely muster a decent shot against Montreal's defense.
Despite the series of tripping, cross-checking, delay-of-game and bench minors, Montreal headed into the intermission with the lead while the Wild skated off the ice to loud, uncharacteristic, boos from the home crowd.
The Wild came up empty on two more chances in the third period.
Brent Burns, one of Minnesota's top defenseman, gave the Wild a 1-0 lead just 1:31 into the game while playing on the wing. It didn't take long for Montreal to answer. Less than three minutes later, Bouillon's shot through traffic from the point beat Josh Harding, who made his first home start for the Wild.
Harding finished with 19 saves.
NOTES: Brothers Saku and Mikko Koivu played against each other. It marked the first time in NHL history that two brothers played against each other as captains of their respective teams. ... The Canadiens played their 2,900th NHL road game in franchise history. ... Burns' first-period goal was the earliest goal scored for Minnesota this season. ... Minnesota has gone 0-for-9 or worse four times in team history, all at home.