Sharks snap six-game losing streak with 3-1 win over Canadiens

Sharks snap six-game losing streak with 3-1 win over Canadiens

Main pic: Montreal Canadiens center Torrey Mitchell (17) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Gene J. Puskar.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien says his team handed away a victory on Tuesday night.

The Canadiens made an error on each of San Jose’s goals and the Sharks went on to a 3-1 win at the Bell Centre.

“Tonight we gave them three goals,” said Therrien. “They didn’t have to work for those three goals. That’s the way I see it. I’m really disappointed to give up three goals like that.”

Late in the first, after Montreal dominated much of the period, forward Alex Galchenyuk failed to drop back following an offensive pinch by P.K. Subban. Patrick Marleau made the most of the gap in Montreal’s defensive end, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with Joel Ward with a shot off the post and in at 17:34.

Captain Joe Pavelski made it 2-0 just 36 seconds into the second period. After back-to-back failed clearances by defencemen Subban and Andrei Markov, Pavelski tipped Justin Braun’s shot from the point past Dustin Tokarksi.

“We know the skill (the Sharks) have,” said captain Max Pacioretty. “If you give them opportunities to score a goal and give them 2-on-0s and 2-on-1s, they’re going to score. It makes it all the more frustrating.”

At 9:19 of the second, another giveaway by Markov in his own zone, this time behind his net, gave the puck right to Joe Thornton. The giveaway led to Dainius Zubrus’ first goal of the season and sent Tokarski to the bench for replacement Mike Condon.

Markov finished with a minus-3 rating on the night.

“Joe (Thornton) jumped on the forecheck and did a good job turning the puck over in their end,” said Zubrus. “I got in front and the puck was wobbling a little bit, so I put it on my backhand and it went in.”

San Jose (15-14-1), which earned its first victory in December, is now 12-0-0 when leading after two periods. The Sharks were 0-5-1 in their previous six games.

Martin Jones made 26 saves for his 13th victory of the season.

Dale Weise scored a consolation goal for the Canadiens (20-9-3) in the second period.

After Therrien shuffled his lines late in the second, Weise reduced the deficit with his first goal in 11 games at 17:24. Weise’s shot took a big deflection off Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s skate to fool Jones between the legs.

Montreal has now lost five of its last six games.

Tokarski, making his third consecutive start, stopped 9-of-12 shots before being pulled. Condon stopped all six shots he faced in relief.

Coming off a convincing win over Ottawa on Saturday, Montreal came out of the gate firing on Tuesday. The home side was all over Jones and the Sharks in the first but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Montreal led 10-2 in shots and 20-3 in shot attempts late in the first period before the visitors opened the score.

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy in this building, it never is,” said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. “It took a real team effort from everyone. Getting the first goal for us was important.”

Former Shark Torrey Mitchell was back in the lineup after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury. Mitchell played on a line with Sven Andrighetto and Brian Flynn, who made his 200th NHL start.

Notes: Logan Couture (arterial surgery) was not in the Sharks’ lineup. … Montreal has not scored on the power play in its last six games. … Prior to puck drop, Montreal traded forward Christian Thomas to the Arizona Coyotes for Lucas Lessio. The Habs also put forward Zach Kassian on waivers. … Earlier on Tuesday, injured goaltender Carey Price won the 2015 Lou Marsh award as Canada’s top athlete.

Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

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