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Montreal's Charlie Lindgren blocks a shot against the Blackhawks during the second period of Sunday's game in Chicago. Montreal won, 2-0. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)
Montreal's Charlie Lindgren blocks a shot against the Blackhawks during the second period of Sunday's game in Chicago. Montreal won, 2-0. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

Canadiens 2, Blackhawks 0

Charlie Lindgren kept Montreal in the game until it finally solved Corey Crawford.

Not bad for a 23-year-old goaltender making his first appearance of the season.

Lindgren had 38 saves in his first career shutout, helping the Canadiens beat Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Sunday night.

"We needed a solid performance from Charlie and he gave us that," coach Claude Julien said.

With Carey Price sidelined by a minor lower-body injury and Al Montoya coming off a 19-save performance Saturday night in a 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg, Julien turned to Lindgren for Montreal's third game in four nights. The Lakeville, Minnesota, native responded with Montreal's first shutout while improving to 4-0 in four career NHL starts.

Lindgren was promoted from Laval of the American Hockey League on Friday.

"I think down there the last four games or so I was really starting to kind of get into a groove and playing really good," he said. "I came up here and definitely want to make the most of my opportunity."

Lindgren and Crawford were locked up in a scoreless duel before Jonathan Drouin skated through the slot and shot the puck into the left side of the net at 1:54 of the third. Drouin's third goal of the season stopped Crawford's scoreless streak at 173 minutes, 9 seconds.

Defenseman Joe Morrow added his third career goal at 7:45, helping Montreal to its fourth win in five games. Morrow blasted a slap shot by a screened Crawford for his first goal since Oct. 27, 2015, for Boston against Arizona.

"We played solid," Montreal forward Andrew Shaw said. "We didn't give up too many prime scoring chances, but when we did Charlie was there."

Coming off consecutive shutouts against Philadelphia and Minnesota, Crawford finished with 33 stops in his first career regulation loss against his hometown team. He was 8-0-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average in 10 games against Montreal.

The Blackhawks have scored just 11 goals in their last six games.

"We know what we have behind us," Chicago forward Ryan Hartman said. "Crow's been playing great for us. He's kept us in some games, like in Minnesota. Even versus Philly too. We need to generate some offense for him."

Lindgren got over for a great blocker save on Jonathan Toews with 1:40 left in the first. Toews banged a shot off the left post early in the second, and Lindgren gloved another solid opportunity for Chicago's captain with about seven minutes left in the third.

Lindgren also robbed Richard Panik with 15 seconds left.

"Give him credit," Blackhawk star Patrick Kane said. "I think he played well. Sometimes you can probably make better shots. He was kinda seeing the puck through some traffic, so give him credit."

The Blackhawks also went 0 for 3 on the power play after scoring with the man advantage in each of their previous two games, including Saturday night's 2-0 victory at Minnesota.

Islanders 6, Avalanche 4

Mathew Barzal had a franchise-rookie record five assists and Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle each scored twice to help New York beat Colorado.

Johnny Boychuk and Scott Mayfield also scored for the Islanders and Thomas Greiss made 31 saves.

Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Alexander Kerfoot scored for Colorado.

New York won for the sixth time in eight games and ended Colorado's winning streak at three games.

The wild night on the ice was nearly overshadowed off of it when Matt Duchene was traded from Colorado to Ottawa in deal that involved the Nashville Predators.

Duchene stealthy left the ice when team trainers were helping injured Avs forward Blake Comeau off the ice in the middle of the first period. Duchene left the arena in the middle of the second period, briefly speaking with reporters, before jumping into a black SUV waiting outside the Barclays Center.

Red Wings 4, Oilers 0

Petr Mrazek made 36 saves and Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist in Detroit's victory over Edmonton.

Frans Nielsen and Gustav Nyquist also scored. The Red Wings have won three of four to reach 7-7-1.

The Oilers dropped to 4-8-1. They have yet to win two games in a row this season.

Flames 5, Devils 4 (SO)

Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist and Matthew Tkachuk scored the shootout winner in Calgary's victory over New Jersey.

Tkachuk, shooting third for Calgary with the shootout tied 1-1 and the Flames in a position to win it, moved in slowly and slipped a nifty high shot past Keith Kinkaid.

Sean Monahan also scored in regulation and the shootout, and Michael Frolik and Michael Stone had regulation goals. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists to give him 15 on the season.

Taylor Hall, Ben Lovejoy, Brian Gibbons and Andy Greene scored for New Jersey.


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