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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Phoenix



(Thursday, November 12th)

Final Score: Montreal 4, Phoenix 2

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Marc-Andre Bergeron had a goal and two assists as the Montreal Canadiens posted a 4-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta each notched a goal and an assist, while Glen Metropolit wound up with the game-winner for Montreal, which came in having won just twice in seven games.

Carey Price made 18 saves, and Tomas Plekanec registered three assists, as the Habs muzzled the Coyotes for a sixth straight time.

Robert Lang and Paul Bissonnette scored for Phoenix, which has dropped four of five. Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals on only 19 shots in the loss. The Coyotes have permitted four or more goals in each of their last four defeats.

"We just didn't beat enough people to create chances," Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett said. "We struggled moving the puck out of our end, we struggled moving the puck through the neutral zone, and didn't generate a whole lot."

Bergeron gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with a terrific individual play 5:10 into the third. He poked the puck away from a Coyotes' player off an offensive zone draw, gained possession skating toward the blue line and peeled back toward the net before snapping the puck into the top right corner.

Just over a minute later, Montreal used some nifty passing from in close to set up Metropolit at the right side of the net for an easy score to make it 3-1.

Bissonnette brought the deficit back to one for Phoenix at 9:30 and was awarded his first NHL goal after a lengthy review of his deflection of Shaun Heshka's blast from the high slot.

Gionta, though, fired into an empty net inside the final minute to seal the win behind Price's eight third-period saves.

Plekanec took a pass from behind the net to the right of Bryzgalov and fed it across the goal mouth to Cammalleri for an easy power-play goal at 7:07 of the second to open the scoring.

Radim Vrbata then followed a rebound off his own shot behind the net and sent it back out for Lang at the left side of the net for a riser that sailed clear of Price's shoulder to knot things at one a little less than four minutes later.

Game Notes

The Canadiens scored on both their power play opportunities, while the Coyotes failed to convert on their four attempts with the man advantage...Montreal next plays in Nashville Saturday, while Phoenix opened a three-game homestand with the loss and will also host Dallas and Tampa Bay.

11/13 03:36:06 ET


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