Carey Price stopped 33 shots, Brendan Gallagher and Shea Weber scored in the opening minute of the very first 2 durations, and the Montreal Canadiens rolled to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night.
Montreal arrived in the desert early for an extra day of practice and acclimation after beating Toronto 5-2 on Saturday.
The Canadiens had an extra dive early, scoring on their very first shift in each of the very first two durations. Jonathan Drouin added his third goal in two games, Nick Cousins also scored and Price was superb as normal against Arizona, improving to 12-1 all-time.
Jakob Chychrun scored for the Coyotes and Antti Raanta made 32 saves, quiting one goal when his skate blade fell off.
The Coyotes had an effective journey back East, winning 3 of 4, however didn't get back from Buffalo till Tuesday.
Coyotes slow to start
Arizona was sluggish in its first home game in 11 days, quiting Gallagher's objective and lots of pressure by the Canadiens.
The Coyotes were better late in the opening period, however got a bad break early in the second when Raanta's skate blade broke off. Weber scored from near the blue line as Arizona's goalie desperately attempted diving back as his blade lay on the ice.
Cousins made it 3-0 early in the third duration, one-timing a clever pass through the crease by Nick Suzuki.
Chychrun scored on a similar feed from Phil Kessel.
Drouin was credited with an objective when Coyotes defenceman Jason Demers unintentionally swiped the puck into his own net on a mishit shot.