MONTREAL (AP) — Lars Eller was sure the puck was over the line.
With Montreal and Nashville tied early in the third period, Eller thought he gave the Canadiens the lead when his shot from a tight angle appeared to trickle under the arm of sprawled Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.
But the goal was disallowed, and the Predators went on to beat the Canadiens 2-1 on Saturday night on Seth Jones' late goal.
"The puck was inside," Eller said. "(Rinne) had his glove on it, so technically you couldn't see it was inside. But if it's not outside the line, it's got to be inside. It's logic."
The decision on the ice confirmed Eller's suspicion that the puck had crossed the line. But the referees, with the help of video replay, overturned the initial call.
"In my mind, I know the puck was inside," he said.
The Canadiens dominated the third period, but couldn't net the decisive goal.
Those heroics were reserved for Jones, a rookie defenseman, who netted the winner with 1:27 left.
Jones, the No. 4 pick in this year's NHL draft, is already turning heads early in his career with four points in the young season.
"We've been very fortunate," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We really got a special player in Seth Jones. We saw what he can do. He played big minutes tonight, scored the winning goal. He's earning his own stripes."
Jones' goal spoiled a 35-save performance by Montreal's Carey Price. Nashville captain Shea Weber also scored for the Predators (4-3-1), who got 28 saves from Pekka Rinne.
Price has never beaten the Predators.
"Price was big for us," said Brendan Gallagher, the lone goal scorer for the Canadiens (4-3). "We had a chance to win it late. But the only reason that was, was because he was so good early."