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Dubois scores in OT to lift Jets past Canadiens, 4-3

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored at 4:29 of overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night in the opener of two-game series.

Dubois fired a rolling puck past goalie Jake Allen for his fifth of the season. Winnipeg improved to 5-0 in overtime this season, and Montreal fell to 0-4.

Allen stopped Kyle Connor on a breakaway in overtime before turning away Blake Wheeler on a 2-on-1. Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck also came up big on Montreal’s Paul Byron in the extra period.

The puck goes into the net past Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen for a goal by Winnipeg Jets' Pierre-Luc Dubois (not shown) as Canadiens' Joel Armia looks on during overtime in NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Corey Perry forced overtime with his third goal of the season at 18:36 of the third. It came with Allen on the bench for the extra attacker.

Paul Stastny put Winnipeg ahead 3-2 with his second goal of the game at 3:39 of the period.

Hellebuyck made 33 saves, and Mathieu Perreault also scored for Winnipeg in the first of five straight road games. The Jets have won six of seven to improve to 15-7-1.

Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher is taken out from in front of Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck by defenseman Tucker Poolman during first-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Brendan Gallagher and Tyler Toffoli also scored for Montreal. The Canadiens are 1-3 under interim head coach Dominique Ducharme and 10-7-5 overall.

The teams will meet again Saturday night in Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen clears the puck away from Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler during second-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli, right, celebrates his goal past Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, back right, as defenseman Derek Forbort looks on during second-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli, second from right, celebrates his goal past Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) with teammate Nick Suzuki, right, during second-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen reacts to a goal by Winnipeg Jets' Paul Stastny, left, during first-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Paul Stastny, right, celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with teammates Blake Wheeler, left, and Mark Scheifele during first-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price watches his team play against the Winnipeg Jets during first-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Tucker Poolman, right, falls after taking a hit from Montreal Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli during second-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)