Game Recap

MONTREAL (AP) Timo Meier scored twice and the San Jose Sharks rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a 4-1 victory over the slumping Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Joe Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks (21-12-4), who were coming off a 6-0 setback Sunday in Dallas. San Jose has won four of five.

Andrew Shaw scored for Montreal (16-20-4), which has lost five straight games and scored just four goals during that span.

San Jose outshot Montreal 33-31.

The Canadiens wasted a string of chances early and San Jose scored first. Justin Braun shot wide from the right point but Thornton stopped the puck and put it in from the side of the net at 12:57.

Vlasic finished a 2-on-1 with Mikkel Boedker at 11:27 of the second.

Montreal broke a drought of 132 minutes without a goal at 16:07, but it took a two-man advantage to do it. And the Canadiens didn't shoot the puck into the net, as Max Pacioretty's pass to Shaw went off the center's skate and past goalie Aaron Dell.

Meier was at the edge of the crease to finish a tic-tac-toe play with Chris Tierney and Kevin Labanc on a power play at 19:50. Meier got his second of the game and eighth of the season when he picked the top corner against Carey Price on an off-wing rush down the right side 1:13 into the third.

Dell made 30 saves and has won six straight starts.

NOTES: A moment of silence, along with a scoreboard video tribute, was observed before the game for former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower, who died last week at the age 93. ... In a sign of how impotent Montreal's attack has been, minor league call-up Nicolas Deslauriers won the December edition of the 4-1 Cup, a team award based on three-star selections.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Thursday night at Toronto.

Canadiens: Host the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

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