MONTREAL — Tyler Toffoli scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 at Bell Centre on Friday.
Jake Allen made 28 saves in his sixth straight start for Montreal (19-13-9), which is 2-4-0 with goalie Carey Price out because of a lower-body injury.
Elias Lindholm scored and Jacob Markstrom made 18 saves for Calgary (19-22-3), which had won three straight, including 4-2 in Montreal on Wednesday. The Flames had won four straight against the Canadiens.
Montreal is in fourth place in the seven-team Scotia North Division, six points ahead of Calgary, which has played three more games. The top four teams in the division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Toffoli deflected Joel Armia‘s pass into the top right corner for his second goal of the game, his Canadiens-leading 21st, to put Montreal up 2-1 at 15:45 of the third.
He scored his 20th goal on a wrist shot past Markstrom’s glove from the slot to give Montreal a 1-0 lead at 9:32 of the second.
Allen made a stick save on Lindholm earlier in the period, lunging to his right to steer the Flames forward’s shot wide of an open left side.
Lindholm tied it 1-1 at 6:30 of the third. His backhand from the slot went in off the skate of Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot, who returned after missing 15 games because of a broken hand.
Rasmus Andersson and Johnny Gaudreau each had shots hit the left post on a power play after Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki was penalized for high sticking at 12:49 of the second.
The Flames host a three-game series against Montreal at Scotiabank Saddledome from April 23-26.