MONTREAL -- Matt Beleskey scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season 8:33 into the third period to give the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.
Beleskey took a pass from Rickard Rakell and beat Carey Price with a quick wrist shot to restore the Ducks' one-goal lead 3:06 after Montreal tied it.
Frederik Andersen made 23 saves in his 20th straight start, and Hampus Lindholm scored in the first period for Anaheim, which has won eight of nine, including a 6-2 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The Ducks (22-7-5), who lead the NHL with 49 points, finish a five-game Canada road trip Friday at the Ottawa Senators.
"Good teams never want to lose two in a row," said Beleskey, who's goal also served as his fourth game-winner of the season, a new career high. "That’s a big goal of ours. We came out tonight. Freddy [Andersen] played great tonight and we played a sound game all night. We got two good points."
David Desharnais drew Montreal even at 1-1 with a power-play goal at 5:27 of the third period, but that was the only blemish on Andersen's 23-save performance, who improved to 18-5-4.
"He’s been playing awesome for us," Beleskey said of Andersen. "He’s huge in there and was a big part of our win tonight."
"Our resiliency has been great all year," said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. "We were down to four defensemen at one point in the third period, but we kept making simple plays. And when we did make a mistake, Freddy was there to stop it. No team wins without good goaltending. When you get good goaltending, and we play the way we do, we’re usually successful."
Price made 21 saves for the Canadiens (20-11-2), who won the first three games of a five-game homestand that end against Ottawa on Saturday.
The Canadiens honored longtime captain Saku Koivu during a pregame ceremony. Koivu, who spent his first 13 NHL seasons with Montreal from 1995-2009, retired on Sept. 10 after five seasons with Anaheim.
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf, Koivu's teammate for the past five seasons, got his team-leading 25th assist and 35th point when he set up Lindholm's fourth goal at 8:06 of the first.
Getzlaf controlled the puck after winning a faceoff against Manny Malhotra in Montreal's zone, and passed to the left point, where Lindholm one-timed a slap shot past Price into the top left corner.
Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty left the game at 4:04 of the third. Pacioretty, who leads Montreal with 13 goals and 25 points, went to the dressing room after he fell headfirst into the boards following a hit by Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner. Pacioretty sustained an unspecified injury and did not return. No penalty was called.
The Ducks hold an 11-point lead on the Vancouver Canucks in the Pacific Division.
"We’d like to make it 13 tomorrow," said Boudreau. "It’s good doing what we’re doing, but we have to keep pushing. It doesn’t take long to get back in the pack. We’d prefer to stay where we are."