Jets slip past Canadiens 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm •  Published: February 2, 2014
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MONTREAL (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets skated off with a win. The Montreal Canadiens left the ice with complaints.

Michael Frolik scored 1:04 into the third period to give the Jets a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens on Sunday.

Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Jets, and Al Montoya stopped 30 shots.

Brian Gionta scored for Montreal. Carey Price, playing his second game in as many days, made 33 saves.

But the Canadiens felt the Jets should have been called for a penalty as Montreal pressed for the tying goal.

In the final minute, Montreal's Brendan Gallagher was roughed up by three Jets, preventing him from getting out of the offensive zone.

With their net empty, and an extra skater on the ice, Gallagher was kept on the wrong side of the blue line for roughly 20 seconds, so the rest of the Canadiens couldn't enter the Winnipeg zone.

Gallagher was cross-checked into the net by Zach Bogosian, punched and elbowed in the head by Montoya in the crease, and then elbowed again by defenseman Jacob Trouba.

However, no infractions were called.

"There could have been five penalties there," said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, who watched the replay before speaking to the media. "We're definitely going to ask the league for explanations. It's very frustrating. It could have given us the chance to tie the game."

But Montoya, who earned his 10th win of the season, wasn't buying any of it. He suggested that Gallagher was doing his best to stay in the zone and draw a penalty.

"No. 11?" Montoya asked, apparently not knowing Gallagher by name. "We were all caught up. The referees saw that. They were there. You know he was doing something for a reason."

After the game, defenseman Josh Gorges spoke to reporters on Gallagher's behalf, calling the 5-foot-9 forward too "fired up" and "heated" to address questions about the game's final minute.

"I have to be careful with what I say," Gorges said. "It was pretty evident they were not allowing him to get out of the zone. He took a punch to the head from the goalie, got tripped up from the defenseman, and the guy coming off the bench gave him another shot."

Gallagher was sent to the penalty box three times during the game, for roughing, holding, and tripping. He finished the game with two shots, six penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating.

"I can't comment on how (the referees) feel toward any one individual player," Gorges said. "I don't know if there's a grudge or something. It's too bad."