The Canadian managed to save the furniture in his two-game series against the Calgary Flames.
Tyler Toffoli scored his second goal of the game with 4:15 to go in the third period, as the Montreal team won 2-1 on Friday night at the Bell Center.
The Canadian rebounded after suffering a 4-1 loss against the Flames on Wednesday.
The Habs are once again six points ahead of the Flames in fourth place in the North section. In addition, the Canadian has three games in hand over his rivals.
The Flames had plenty of scoring opportunities, but they were often unlucky, including hitting three posts.
Jake Allen made 28 saves in front of the Canadiens net (19-13-9).
Elias Lindholm scored the only goal for the Flames (19-22-3). Jacob Markstrom stopped 18 shots.
The two teams will face off three more times in Calgary, April 23-26.
Defenseman Ben Chiarot was back in the game for the Canadiens after missing 15 games with a broken right hand. Xavier Ouellet gave him his place in the training.
The Canadiens will be back in action on Saturday, when they host the Ottawa Senators at 4 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens’ interim head coach Dominique Ducharme said Friday morning that it was possible that Carey Price could play in Saturday’s game. Price has missed the last six meetings with a lower body injury.
A matter of centimeters
The opening minutes of the meeting were full of twists and turns, as both teams got chances to take the lead, but they didn’t succeed.
The game then quickly calmed down.
It took a penalty for Joel Edmundson for giving tape at 13:41 to allow the Flames to rekindle the game. Allen was alert to the visitors’ nimble deviations, however.
Josh Anderson had the best chance for the Canadian in the first twenty, with only a few seconds left on the clock. Jesperi Kotkaniemi joined him with a cross pass, but Anderson was unable to land a free kick as he was hooked at the last moment. Markstrom made the stop easily by stretching out full length on the ice.
Allen was also acrobatic to frustrate the Flames after about eight minutes of play in the second period. He dove to his right to stop Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk from shooting into an open net.
Toffoli finally opened the scoring at 9:32 of the second period. He took advantage of a pass from Nick Suzuki when he was fine alone in the box and he beat Markstrom with a perfect shot from the mittens side.
The Flames had several chances to reply before the end of the second period. They even beat Allen a few times, but saw three of their throws hit the posts.
Rasmus Andersson and Johnny Gaudreau hit the crossbar on a power play, then Tkachuk hit the post to Allen’s left after a nice climb.
The Flames finally tied the game after 6:30 of play in the third period, when a Lindholm shot deflected against Chiarot before crossing the goal line.
Toffoli, however, gave the Canadian lead with 4:15 to go. He deflected a Joel Armia throw-in into the net.