Canadiens defeat Jets, gain on them in North playoff race

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MONTREAL — Nick Suzuki had two goals and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens extended the Winnipeg Jets’ losing streak to six games with a 5-3 win at Bell Centre on Friday.

Suzuki scored his second goal on a power play at 15:10 of the third period to give the Canadiens a 4-3 lead after they trailed 2-0 and 3-1. Tyler Toffoli scored into an empty net to make it 5-3 at 18:37.

Toffoli had a goal and an assist, and Jake Allen made 19 saves for Montreal (22-18-9), which moved within four points of Winnipeg for third place in the Scotia North Division. The Canadiens extended their lead for fourth place to six points on the Calgary Flames. The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Trevor Lewis scored twice for Winnipeg (27-20-3). Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves in his NHL-leading 41st start and seventh straight.

Artturi Lehkonen scored on a wrist shot into the top left corner to pull Montreal within 3-2 at 13:44 of the second period. 

Joel Armia tied it 3-3 on a power play at 18:14, scoring on a shot from the slot after Suzuki’s shot was blocked.

Paul Stastny gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead at 18:25 of the first period, scoring on a partial breakaway after controlling Dylan DeMelo‘s saucer pass.

Lewis scored on a wrist shot over Allen’s glove to make it 2-0 at 2:20 of the second. Jansen Harkins set him up for his first point in 22 games this season.

Suzuki cut it to 2-1 at 4:58.

Lewis made it 3-1 with his second goal of the period at 11:47. Canadiens defenseman Erik Gustafsson overskated the puck after it went to him on a face-off in Winnipeg’s zone, and Lewis carried it down the right side on a 2-on-1 with Harkins before scoring with a wrist shot that went in off Allen’s left shoulder.

Gustafsson replaced Canadiens captain Shea Weber, who was unable to play because of an upper-body injury.

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