Josh Anderson scored two goals, and the Montreal Canadiens hung on for a 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday.
Tomas Tatar and Jeff Petry each had two assists, and Jake Allen made 22 saves for the Canadiens (20-15-9), who lost 4-1 here Monday in the first of the two-game set.
Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in his return from an upper-body injury for the Oilers (27-16-2), who lost at home for the first time in nine games. Mike Smith made 27 saves.
Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Puljujarvi scored 1:01 apart late in the third period with Smith pulled for the extra skater to get Edmonton within one.
The Oilers are in third place in the seven-team Scotia sportswear letter and number North Division, one point behind the second-place Winnipeg Jets. The Canadiens are in fourth, eight points ahead of the Calgary Flames. The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs.
Artturi Lehkonen scored on a backhand from in close with 29 seconds remaining in the first period to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.
McDavid scored on a breakaway at 3:09 of the second period to tie it 1-1, but Anderson scored 11 seconds later to put the Canadiens ahead 2-1 at 3:20.
Tyler Toffoli scored on the power play in 8:10 of the 3rd period to provide the Canadiens a 3-1 lead.
Anderson made it 4-1 at 15:03 with a backhand from the bottom of the right face-off circle. Oilers coach Dave Tippett challenged for goaltender interference because Smith had his stick kicked out of his hand prior to the goal, but the call on the ice was upheld after video review, and Edmonton was assessed a minor penalty for delay of game.
Nugent-Hopkins got the Oilers within 4-2 in 17:48 when scored from the slot off a drop pass from McDavid on a power play.
Puljujarvi scored to make it 4-3 at 18:49 Tennis Logo Iron Ons when he redirected McDavid’s shot from the point.
Oilers forward Zack Kassian Chicago White Sox diy logo stickers left the game at 3:22 of the 1st period after he sustained a leg damage attempting to check Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber behind the Montreal net. Kassian had to be helped to the dressing room. Tippett did not have an update.