Posted November 08, 2011 on AP on Fox
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Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves and Ryan Jones scored a short-handed goal in the second period to send the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Tom Gilbert scored at 16:28 of the third to put Edmonton up 2-0. Ryan Smyth scored into an empty net with 42.4 seconds remaining. Khabibulin, who has allowed nine goals in nine games, came within 3:10 of posting his third shutout of the season. He has yet to lose in regulation, improving to 7-0-2. Montreal's Max Pacioretty scored 22 seconds after Gilbert to make it 2-1. Carey Price stopped 11 shots for the Canadiens, who have lost two in a row after a four-game winning streak. Edmonton bounced back from Saturday's 4-2 loss at Phoenix. Ales Hemsky and Cam Barker both returned to the Oilers' lineup. Hemsky missed 11 games with a right shoulder injury. Barker, who also had an injured shoulder, missed three games. It was Khabibulin's return that led the way for Edmonton, though. Rested in favor of backup Devan Dubnyk on Saturday, the 38-year-old goalie turned aside four shots in the first, 13 in the second, and 11 in the third. Montreal's Michael Cammalleri put a drive off the left post as Khabibulin scrambled to recover his stick during a power play in the first. Jones took advantage of Tomas Plekanec's turnover and drove in to beat Price for an unassisted goal 4:38 into the second. Gilbert made it a two-goal lead late in the third when his shot struck Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges on its way past Price. Pacioretty brought the sold-out crowd back to life with his sixth goal 22 seconds later. Notes: Oilers LW Magnus Paajarvi was left out of the lineup. Paajarvi has yet to score a goal in 13 games. He got an assist Saturday for his first point of the season. ... Canadiens RW Andrei Kostitsyn was injured and did not play.
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