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Michael Frolik scores to lift Winnipeg Jets past Montreal Canadiens 2-1

Winnipeg Jets' Tobias Enstrom, second from left, gets congratulated by teammates Mark Scheifele (55), Blake Wheeler (26) and Zach Bogosian (44)after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during second period NHL action in Montreal on Sunday, February 2, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe
February 02, 2014 - 12:49 PM

MONTREAL - Michael Frolik scored in the third period to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon.

Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Jets (27-25-5), while Al Montoya stopped 29 shots.

Brian Gionta was the lone goal scorer for Montreal (29-21-6). Carey Price, playing his second game in as many days, made 33 saves.

Frolik scored the winner just over a minute into the third. After a Winnipeg dump-in, Price mishandled the puck outside his crease and lost possession to Andrew Ladd. The Jets captain found a streaking Frolik in front of the net, and Price couldn't make it back in time to stop the shot.

The Jets have now won eight of 10 since Paul Maurice took over as head coach on Jan. 12.

Winnipeg came flying out of the gate, outshooting the Canadiens 7-0 in the first three minutes of the game. A few key saves by Price kept the game scoreless.

Enstrom put the Jets on the board at 9:13 of the second on a great individual effort.

The Winnipeg defenceman carried the puck along the end boards, circled the net and squeezed a shot under Price's glove on the wraparound for his sixth of the year.

After hitting two posts in the period, the Canadiens got their equalizer courtesy of a quick release wrister by Gionta at 17:06.

While playing 4-on-4 hockey, the Canadiens captain took a pass from Tomas Plekanec on his backhand, quickly switched to the forehand and fired home a sharp shot into the roof of the net.

But the Canadiens couldn't benefit from two third-period power plays.

Notes: Michael Bournival was back in the Canadiens lineup after missing Saturday's game with the flu. Christian Thomas dressed for the second straight game, while George Parros was a healthy scratch. … The Jets were without Evander Kane, the team's third-best goal scorer. He's out with an infection in his hand. … The Canadiens beat the Jets 3-0 in the teams' first encounter of the year on Oct. 15, 2013. They do not play again this season.

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