The 4-2 loss left Montreal with a 1-3 record on their swing to the US West and they fell to 2-8 on the season.

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Troy Terry scored on a breakaway at 10:10 in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and propel the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens at the Honda Center on Sunday.

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Terry got behind defender Alexander Romanov when he received a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and came in alone from Sam Montembeault.

Getzlaf’s assist gave him 989 points and he surpassed Teemu Selanne as Anaheim’s all-time leading scorer.

Montembeault played better than he did in his Canadiens debut against Buffalo on Oct. 14, but had no response on the winning goal when Terry faked going to all five holes and turned to his left and put the puck behind the goalie.

The loss left the Canadiens with a 1-3 record on their swing in the American West and they fell to 2-8 on the season.

Sam Carrick completed the scoring with an empty goal.

The Canadiens were lucky to come out of the first period losing 2-1 because they were understaffed for seven minutes and 24 seconds, including a 1:32 period when they were two men short.

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Brett Kulak left to hold the stick at 1:43 of the first period and Anaheim took the lead when Adam Henrique beat Montembeault with four seconds remaining on penalty.

Mike Hoffman got that back when he beat John Gibson on a power play at 4:12. He scored with a single timer from a Chris Wjdeman feed. Jonathan Drouin won the second assist by winning a matchup to jump-start the pay.

It was just the fourth power play goal for the Canadiens this season and Hoffman has two of them and has scored in four of the last five games. The Canadiens were 1 of 4 in the power play, while the Ducks were 2 of 6.

The Canadiens were short-staffed in more ways than one after Cédric Paquette plunged Trevor Zegras’s face into the glass mid-period. Paquette was assessed a five-minute specialization for boarding, as well as for misconduct in the game.

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Vinni Lettieri scored a power goal to restore Anaheim’s lead, but Montreal’s penalty did the job after Artturi Lehkonen took a holding penalty to give Anaheim a two-man lead. The Ducks had just two shots during the 5-on-3 game. Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on both of Anaheim’s power play goals and leads NHL defenders with 10 points.

There were a couple of firsts when Jake Evans tied the game at 6:05 p.m. in the second period. It was the first goal of the season for Evans, who returned to the lineup after missing four of the previous six games with injury. He took the lead to bury the rebound from a Jeff Petry shot that changed direction multiple times on its way to the net. Petry, who was one of the NHL’s highest scoring defenders last season with 42 points, had an assist for his first point this season.

Montreal’s troubles started before the initial showdown. The team announced that Mathieu Perreault will be out for two to three weeks with a retinal detachment and Brendan Gallagher left the pre-game warm-up and suffered a scratch with an undisclosed injury.

The Canadiens return to the Bell Center for five games starting Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. (7 pm, TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

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