Defense was optional during the first period of Sunday night's clash in Edmonton, as the Oilers and Ottawa Senators combined for eight goals in the opening 20 minutes.
The Oilers wasted no time finding the back of the net. Forward Dominik Kahun scorched Matt Murray eight seconds into the contest.
Kahun's lightning-quick tally tied Wayne Gretzky's franchise record for the fastest goal to open a game, according to Sportsnet Stats.
Edmonton added two more tallies by the 7:20 mark of the frame. James Neal tapped home his first of the season before defenseman Tyson Barrie buried a power-play bomb to register his first goal with his new club and chase Murray.
Neal added another before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored to stretch Edmonton's lead to 5-1 through 13 minutes. It was the second-fastest five-goal outburst in Oilers history, missing the franchise record by four seconds. Superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl both registered three assists.
"They chose to send him home," Julien said. "Obviously, we don't want that spreading, but he's tested negative for (COVID-19 and) he'll be tested again (Sunday). But with everything that's going on right now, it was cautionary measures by our medical staff."
Anderson played seven shifts in the first period of his team's 2-0 loss, but he logged only one in the second frame and one more in the third. The Canadiens then announced he wouldn't return.
The 26-year-old has collected four goals and an assist in his first eight games with Montreal. The club signed him to a seven-year, $38.5-million contract in October after acquiring him in a trade sending forward Max Domi to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It was reported Saturday that Mete wants out of Montreal. His agent, Darren Ferris, said the request stems from a lack of playing time.
"There isn't opportunity to get in the lineup," Ferris said, according to LeBrun. "It's best for both the player and the team."
Mete has been a healthy scratch in each of the Canadiens' eight games this season, failing to crack a stout Montreal blue line after the additions of veteran Joel Edmundson and dynamic rookie Alexander Romanov.
The Habs' reconstructed defense corps has paid dividends to this point, as the club is 5-1-2 on the year.
Mete, 22, appeared in 51 games for Montreal last season, registering 11 points while averaging 16 minutes per night. He carries a $735,000 cap hit and will be a restricted free agent at the end of the campaign.
Bennett's agent confirmed as much to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
"There was a rumor going around (Saturday) morning that Bennett might want a change of scenery, and I did call his agent, Darren Ferris, who said, 'Yes, that's true, he would like it to be considered,'" Friedman reported on the latest edition of "Saturday Headlines."
The Flames have not commented on the situation, according to Friedman.
"One thing I've gleaned in just calling around is that they're not in any hurry to do it," he added.
Bennett is in his sixth full season with the Flames, who drafted him fourth overall in 2014.
The 24-year-old has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that accompany his draft position. He entered Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens with no goals and one assist in six contests.
Bennett posted a career-high 18 markers and 18 helpers as a rookie in 2015-16, but he hasn't matched that output since then. He did produce five points in as many games during the 2018-19 playoffs, though, adding five goals and three assists in 10 postseason contests in 2020.
Konecny is tied as the team's leading scorer with five goals and is second in points with eight through eight games. However, he's taken just one shot on goal and collected only one point - an assist - over his last three contests.
Vigneault acknowledged Konecny is one of the club's best three forwards and is doing some good things, but the bench boss cited both the team's lackluster five-on-five play as well as the 24-year-old forward's struggles in those situations. Vigneault said he spoke to Konecny about it Saturday morning.
"I've been talking to the players about it for some time, areas we need to be better at, areas that we have been good at in the past," the head coach said. "TK is the one tonight who is not going to play. His five-on-five game needs to be better in the areas that he's aware of."
Vigneault added he's asked the club to play better at five-on-five "basically after every game."
Konecny led the Flyers with 24 goals and 61 points in 2019-20.
Sam Morin, a former defenseman who the Flyers converted to forward before the start of the season, will make his 2021 debut with Konecny out.