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Coyotes send Canadiens to 6th straight loss, 5-2

Nick Schmaltz and Johan Larsson each had a goal and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes stretched the Montreal Canadiens' losing streak to six games with a 5-2 win on Monday.

Montreal’s first trip to Arizona since 2019 pitted the two teams at the bottom of the NHL standings and the league's two lowest-scoring teams.

The teams combined for six goals in the first two periods before shutting each other down in the third.

Arizona Coyotes' Lawson Crouse (67) gets pinned up against the boards by Montreal Canadiens' Brett Kulak (77) and Ben Chiarot (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoDarryl Webb)

Travis Boyd and Janis Moser also scored for the Coyotes, who were without coach Andre Tourigny and four players due to COVID-19 protocols. Clayton Keller added a an empty-net goal and Karel Vejmelka had 24 saves.

Ryan Poehling scored Montreal’s second power-play goal in its last 35 chances and Rem Pitlick also scored. Cayden Primeau allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Sam Montembeault in the third period.

The Canadiens, a Stanley Cup finalist last season, have one win (1-10-3) in their past 14 games.

Arizona Coyotes' Lawson Crouse (67) gets double-teamed by Montreal Canadiens' Brett Kulak (77) and Ben Chiarot (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoDarryl Webb)

Montreal arrived in the desert with 19 points, one behind the Coyotes.

The Canadiens had a chance to end their five-game losing streak Thursday in Chicago, but gave up a goal in the third period and another in overtime to lose 3-2.

The Coyotes were blown out 5-0 by Colorado on Saturday, but got off to a rare fast start against Montreal.

Arizona Coyotes' Clayton Keller (9) left, celebrates with Travis Boyd (72) and Nick Schmaltz (8) right, after Boyd's goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoDarryl Webb)

Boyd scored early in the first period, gathering a pass from Schmaltz and beating Primeau from the left circle. Larrson scored midway through the first, beating Primeau to the glove side from the left circle on a feed from Phil Kessel.

The Coyotes set up Montreal for a prime scoring chance late in the period, when defenseman Victor Soderstrom coughed up the puck in his own end. That led to a quick 2-on-1 and Pitlick one-timed a pass from Jonathan Drouin past a sliding Vejmelka.

The goals kept coming in the second period.

Arizona Coyotes' Ilya Lyubushkin (46) bodychecks Montreal Canadiens' Laurent Dauphin, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoDarryl Webb)

Moser scored early in the second, skating around Josh Anderson — back after missing 11 games with a hand injury — and beating Primeau with a backhander.

Poehling gave Montreal its rare power-play goal, redirecting a shot by Drouin past Vejmelka to make it 3-2.

Arizona scored right after a power play late in the second period when Schmaltz gathered a pinballing puck and slipped it under Primeau's glove. The goal was upheld after Montreal challenged for goalie interference.

Montreal Canadiens' Christian Dvorak (28), Ryan Poehling (25), Jonathan Drouin (92), Jeff Petry (26), and Rem Pitlick (32) celebrate Poehling's goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoDarryl Webb)

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Montreal: At Dallas on Tuesday.

Arizona: At New Jersey on Wednesday.

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