MONTREAL -- P.K. Subban scored twice in the second period to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Subban put Montreal up 3-1 late in the second after scoring a power-play goal earlier in the period to tie it 1-1.
On his second goal of the game, the Canadiens defenseman stayed onside after coming out of the penalty box to chase down a puck on the left side of the Colorado zone. Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie fell against the left side of the net and Subban carried the puck behind and around back out front.
Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist and Carey Price stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens, who improved to 5-0-1 despite allowing the opening goal for a fifth straight game.
Pickard made 33 saves in his first NHL start. The 22-year-old rookie, who lost his second game in a row, made his debut Thursday after Reto Berra was injured early in the first period of a 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Jarome Iginla scored on a shot from the right side at 17:29 of the third to pull the Avalanche within one.
Alex Tanguay scored at 2:23 of the first for Colorado, which fell to 1-4-1.
Subban drove a slap shot past Pickard from the top of the left faceoff circle to draw Montreal even at 4:13 of the second.
Pickard, who denied Max Pacioretty on a breakaway midway through the first, stopped 25 of the first 26 shots he faced through the first 27:58.
Montreal scored on its next two shots, which came 6:36 apart, with both goals scored by a player who exited the penalty box.
Galchenyuk, who assisted on Subban's power-play goal, put the Canadiens up 2-1 with his second goal at 11:23.
After serving a slashing penalty, Galchenyuk stepped back on the ice and stripped Nathan MacKinnon of the puck in the neutral zone. Galchenyuk drove to the net, took a return pass from Brandon Prust and beat Pickard for his second goal.
Tanguay scored for a second game in a row to give Colorado the lead at 2:23 of the first, finishing off a return pass from John Mitchell with a shot into a wide open net.ColoradoAvalanche.com contributed to this story.