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Petry, Tatar, Price carry Canadiens past Oilers, 5-1

Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar each scored twice, Carey Price made 34 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Saturday night.

Jake Evans also scored, and Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher each had two assists to help Montreal rebound from an opening overtime loss in Toronto.

Slater Koekkoek scored for Edmonton, spoiling Price's shutout bid with 7:01 left. Mikko Koskinen stopped 30 shots for the Oilers.

Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Tatar (90) plays against the Edmonton Oilers during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

The teams will meet again Monday in Edmonton.

Petry scored on a power play 6:50 into the game after Caleb Jones was called for interference.

Tatar made it 2-0 early in the second, ripping a shot slap shot from below the face off dot over Koskinen’s glove. Petry added another midway through the second period with a long shot from below the blue line that hit Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear and bounced into the net.

Edmonton Oilers' Tyson Barrie (22) and Montreal Canadiens' Jake Evans (71) battle for the puck during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Gallagher sprang Tatar on a breakaway halfway though the third period, with the winger slipping a shot through Koskinen’s legs.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Tatar (90) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Devin Shore (14) skates past as Montreal Canadiens' Nick Suzuki (14), Shea Weber (6) and Jeff Petry (26) celebrate a goal during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) is scored on as Ethan Bear (74) defends against the Montreal Canadiens during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ethan Bear (74) checks Montreal Canadiens' Nick Suzuki (14) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) chases Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson (17) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ethan Bear (74) defends against Montreal Canadiens' Nick Suzuki (14) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) is stopped by Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during second-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)