Mike Smith made 38 saves in his 2nd start of the season as the Edmonton Oilers beat the all of a sudden having a hard time Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Thursday.
Smith picked up the 40th shutout of his profession, and his very first against Montreal.
Jujhar Khaira, Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie scored for Edmonton (8-8-0), which won its third straight video game and completed 3-1 on its four-game journey.
When Montreal forward Paul Byron was hit in the head by a slapshot from Habs defenceman Joel Edmundson, there was a frightening minute in the second period. Byron went to the Canadiens dressing room but returned to the video game soon after.
The opening face off was pushed back an hour after Edmonton forward Jesse Puljujarvi was placed on the NHL's COVID-19 procedure list.
A gamer on the protocol list does not always have COVID-19. The NHL has delayed 35 games so far this season, but none yet in the all-Canadian North Division.
The Oilers are off till Monday, when they will play the first of two house dates with Winnipeg.
The Canadiens will deal with the NHL-leading Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday.