Monahan scores twice, Canadiens hand Kraken 5th straight loss
Montembeault makes 31 saves, Anderson has 2 points for Montreal
“We wanted to make it hard to play in our rink, and I think tonight we did that,” Monahan said. “And we started off that way, and when you do that sometimes, you can kill the other team as well.”
“It’s four losses, so we probably shouldn’t take too much away from it,” Dunn said. “It’s really unacceptable to come out with nothing.”
Monahan ended a 14-game goal drought and put the Canadiens up 1-0 at 4:03 of the first period with his first goal since Nov 2. Monahan redirected Anderson’s pass into an open net from the left post after Jake Evans forced a turnover by Kraken defenseman Jamie Oleksiak.
Pearson made it 2-0 at 3:12 of the second with his first goal since Oct. 23. Pearson had gone 19 games without a goal before he slammed in a rebound of Christian Dvorak’s shot from the left side.
Monahan scored his second of the game on a power play at 6:58 to push it to 3-0 with a shot past Grubauer from the slot off Nick Suzuki’s pass from behind the goal line.
“The way we’ve been playing, it hasn’t been that big of a lead in a while, and we’re learning as we go,” Evans said. “We know there’s certain ways, things we can’t do, and we did that a few times in the game, and it cost us. We’re just improving as we go on and learning how to win, and hopefully make it a little easier next time.”
Jared McCann cut it to 3-1 at 14:05 with his team-leading 12th goal on a shot past Montembeault’s glove from the right side.
“We’re chasing the game,” McCann said. “Obviously, our goalie makes some huge saves in the first or it would have been 5-0 after the first period. You know it’s frustrating. We’re all frustrated right now because we know we are better.”
Dunn drew the Kraken to within 3-2 at 4:49 of the third with a slap shot from the point just under the crossbar on a power play.
Anderson scored his first goal of the season, flipping the puck the length of the ice into an empty net with 32 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.
“The guys are happy for ‘Andy,’” Monahan said. “He’s been through some tough times to start here. I mean, you get a win on home ice, he gets his first, and yeah, it feels good.”
NOTES: Seattle has yet to make a three-goal comeback since joining the NHL in 2021-22. … It was the first time Montreal scored the first three goals of a game since Oct. 14 (a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks). … Dunn factored on both of the Kraken’s goals for his 24th multipoint game with the Kraken, third behind McCann (32) and Jordan Eberle (25). … Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher played his 700th NHL game.