MONTREAL — Jonathan Dahlen scored twice and the San Jose Sharks blanked the Canadiens 5-0 in Montreal on Tuesday.
The goals were the Swedish rookie's first and second in the NHL, coming in just his second game.
Erik Karlsson and Timo Meir each added a goal and two assists for the Sharks (2-0-0), and Kevin Labanc rounded out the scoring.
San Jose goalie Adin Hill recorded 21 saves to collect his first shutout of the season.
It was a tough night for netminder Jake Allen, who stopped 20-of-25 shots for the Habs (0-4-0).
Montreal has now lost four in a row to start the season for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign.
Dahlen opened the scoring just 1:22 into the first period, working with Meir to redirect Brent Burns' shot from the blue line in behind Allen.
Dahlen added his second goal on a counterattack just over a minute later. Logan Couture found the Swede on a two-on-one and doubled the Sharks’ lead.
Karlsson scored San Jose’s third of the night just before the first intermission. His shot from the blue line deflected onto David Savard and past Allen.
With a mountain to climb in the second period, the Canadiens conceded yet again. On the power play, Meier accepted Couture’s pass and beat Allen to put San Jose 4-0 at 3:09.
The Sharks added salt to Montreal's wound 14:31 into the third period when Labanc scored San Jose's fifth of the night. It was his first goal of the season.
With the win, the Sharks recorded a 10th straight victory against the Canadiens.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2021.
Tristan D'Amours, The Canadian Press