NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Edmonton|
(Thursday, March 8th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, Edmonton 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Max Pacioretty scored twice and added an
assist as the Montreal Canadiens took a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
P.K. Subban posted a goal and two assists for the Canadiens, who had dropped
seven of eight coming into the game. Peter Budaj posted 24 stops in the win.
"I'm happy that I was able to help us shake off this losing streak," said
Subban. "I thought we kept the game simple and just tried to play solid every
Taylor Hall, Shawn Horcoff and Linus Omark all scored for the Oilers, who have
lost four of their past five games. Nikolai Khabibulin allowed four goals on
30 shots in the loss.
"We seem fatigued tonight for whatever reasons," said Edmonton head coach Tom
Renney. "The guys always try to respond, but it was just one of those games
where we weren't particularly strong anywhere on the ice."
Edmonton scored 12 minutes into the game on the power play when Horcoff tipped
in a Corey Potter blast, but Subban tied it with a power-play goal of his own
with 16.6 seconds left in the first on a big shot from the high slot.
The Habs took a 2-1 lead 2:02 into the second as Pacioretty jammed the puck
home down low, but Omark knotted the game at two off a turnover that saw his
wrister get past Budaj at the 6:42 mark of the second.
Exactly three minutes into the third on the power play, Montreal took the lead
for good as Tomas Kaberle slipped home a rebound from the left side and Lars
Eller made it a 4-2 game 2:07 later when his shot from behind the right side
of the net bounced off Khabibulin and went in.
Hall scored with 6:48 to play made it a one-goal game, but the Oilers were
unable to net the equalizer and Pacioretty sealed the win with the empty-
netter in the final moments.
Montreal was 2-for-4 on the power play while Edmonton was 1-for-4...Edmonton
plays in Colorado on Saturday...Montreal continues its four-game trip in
Vancouver on Saturday...Edmonton had won the previous three against Montreal
and this was Montreal's first win in Edmonton since November 22, 2003.
03/09 01:49:39 ET