MONTREAL (AP) _ Martin Rucinsky scored for the fourth straight game and Sergei Zholtok got his first goal of the season as the Montreal Canadiens stopped a nine-game winless skid with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Thursday night.
Jeff Hackett stopped 24 shots as the Canadiens won for the first time since beating Buffalo on Oct. 16. Montreal had gone 0-8-1 in that span.
The victory was also just Montreal’s second at the Molson Centre this season.
The Canadiens, who have the second fewest points in the league with 10, have scored more than two goals in just three of 17 games this season.
Matt Cullen had the lone goal for the Mighty Ducks.
Rucinsky opened the scoring 10:21 into the first period when he completed a give-and-go passing play with Trevor Linden by sliding the puck past Mighty Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert.
The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead 3:47 into the second period when Zholtok beat Hebert from the slot after taking a pass from Jim Cummins.
Anaheim drew to 2-1 as Cullen beat Hackett through the legs 9:16 into the second.
The Mighty Ducks outshot the Canadiens 25-24.
All three goals were scored at even strength as referee Dan O’Halloran called just three minor penalties in the game, two against Montreal in the first period and one against Anaheim in the third.