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Anderson scores 2, Canadiens hold on to beat Oilers 4-3

Josh Anderson had two goals and the Montreal Canadiens withstood a late push by Edmonton, beating the Oilers 4-3 Wednesday night to split a two-game series.

Tyler Toffoli and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for Montreal (20-15-9). Jake Allen made 22 saves as the Canadiens picked up just their third win in nine games. Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar each had two assists.

Montreal moved eight points clear of the Calgary Flames for the North Division’s fourth and final playoff spot.

Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) is checked by Montreal Canadiens' Shea Weber (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Puljujarvi added goals for Edmonton (27-16-2). Mike Smith made 27 saves.

The Oilers, who beat Montreal 4-1 on Monday and had won eight straight at home, missed a chance to pass the Winnipeg Jets for second in the standings.

The Canadiens were minus No. 1 goalie Carey Price (concussion) after he got bumped by Edmonton’s Alex Chiasson in Monday’s first period. The former Hart and Vezina trophy winner, who will be out at least a week, had just returned to Montreal’s lineup Saturday following a six-game absence with a lower-body injury.

Edmonton Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto (56) is checked by Montreal Canadiens' Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

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Edmonton Oilers' Alex Chiasson (39) tries to stop the shot from Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson (17) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto (56) and Montreal Canadiens' Jeff Petry (26) compete for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his goal on Montreal Canadiens' goalie Jake Allen (34) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) and Montreal Canadiens' Corey Perry (94) compete or the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)