The Montreal Canadiens experienced a two-game hiccup, but found themselves adding to their NHL-best win total once again with another high-scoring performance.
They'll have to fight off the Winnipeg Jets, one of the league's best road teams thus far, in order to carry on with another winning streak Sunday night.
Montreal (10-2-0) had its season-opening nine-game winning streak snapped with 5-1 and 4-3 losses at Vancouver and Edmonton, but got back on track with a 6-2 win in Calgary on Friday. The Canadiens are averaging 3.8 goals per game, trailing only Boston (3.9), with 22 over their last five contests - a span in which they've scored six times on 14 power-play chances.
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They became the first club to 10 wins Friday, and Dale Weise recorded his first career hat trick to push his season goal total to six. He's already four shy of his career high set last season, and he has 30 shots after averaging 1.2 per game last season.
"We needed a win, and a lot of guys chipped in. It was amazing," Weise told the team's official website. "That's what we need going to forward to be successful. That's why we won nine in a row to start the year, with contributions from everybody."
Carey Price was given a breather after giving up all nine goals in the back-to-back losses, and rookie Mike Condon filled in nicely with 30 saves. Despite those two tough games, Price still owns a .936 save percentage - better than the .933 mark that he won the Hart Trophy with last season.
He's had more breathing room this season after the Canadiens ranked 20th with 2.6 goals per game in 2014-15.
Price is 5-1-0 with a 1.17 goals-against average and three shutouts in his last six starts against Winnipeg.
The Jets (7-3-1) have won three of four and started off in better fashion for at least one game in Saturday's 3-2 win at Columbus. All three of their goals came in the first period after they had been outscored 7-6 in the first 20 minutes of their previous 10 games. Winnipeg had given up the first goal eight times in those contests, but has been able to win a league-high five of those.
"It does seem like we've had some slow starts lately,'' said Bryan Little, who had a goal and an assist along with Blake Wheeler. "That's something we talked about before the game. Coming out hard and kind of setting the tone for the game."
Winnipeg is 4-1-0 on the road, scoring five power-play goals on 15 opportunities. Montreal has outscored opponents 15-4 in winning all four at home, where it plays seven of its next eight after an early road-heavy schedule.
The Canadiens also began last season with four consecutive home wins but haven't opened 5-0-0 there since a 6-0-0 start in 1979-80.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 19 shots Saturday for the Jets, potentially setting backup Michael Hutchinson up for his fifth start. Hutchinson, who has never faced the Canadiens, is 4-0-0 with a 1.75 GAA this season.
Montreal had won nine of 10 in the series before dropping two of three.
Little has only two points in his last 14 against the Canadiens.