Jets spoil Claude Julien's return to Montreal bench

Mathieu Perreault scored in the third period and Patrik Laine added an empty-netter as the visiting Winnipeg Jets defeated the Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to spoil coach Claude Julien's return to the Montreal bench.

Joel Armia had the other goal for the Jets (27-29-5) and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 19 of 20 shots. Andrei Markov scored for Montreal (31-20-8), while Carey Price made 31 saves.

Perreault broke a 1-1 deadlock just 1:16 into the final frame. He sent a backhand shot over Price's shoulder after a nifty one-handed pass from Dustin Byfuglien.

Laine added the insurance goal at 18:43. The Canadiens have only one victory in their last eight games.

Montreal was sloppy in its first game back following its bye week and it cost the home side on Winnipeg's first goal.

With the Canadiens on the power play in the second period, defenceman Nathan Beaulieu skated out of his own zone, then tried to dangle the puck around Armia in the neutral zone.