NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Atlanta|
(Thursday, January 18th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Atlanta 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Cristobal Huet continued his dominance of
Atlanta this season, turning aside 44 shots as Montreal eased past the
In three games against Atlanta, each of which were Canadien victories, Huet
has been stellar, stopping 111-of-115 shots faced.
Tomas Plekanec and Sheldon Souray each posted a goal and an assist for the
Canadiens, who put the brakes on a three-game skid.
Bobby Holik scored the lone goal and Kari Lehtonen ended with 29 saves for the
Thrashers, who saw their brief two-game winning streak come to an end.
With the score tied 1-1 in the second period, the Canadiens took advantage of
two early Atlanta penalties to take control of the game.
Souray put Montreal up 2-1 when he fired a one-timer from the high slot past
Lehtonen just 1:56 into the middle stanza. Then, just under a minute later,
Plekanec made it 3-1 when he stuffed the rebound of Guillaume Latendresse's
shot from the point into the net.
Montreal built a three-goal advantage at the 8:36 mark of the period when
Sergei Samsonov caught Lehtonen sleeping and scored on a wraparound from
behind the net.
Huet, meanwhile, faced a combined 30 shots in the final two periods but the
Thrashers were unable to get anything past the Montreal netminder.
"Our team showed a lot of smartness," said Huet. "In the first period, I had
to make a couple of difficult saves in the slot, but after that we tried to
eliminate the good scoring chances in the slot."
The Canadiens struck first on Alex Kovalev's tally 5:47 into the opening
period before Holik tied the game with just nine seconds left before the first
"We had a lot of great chances, but Huet played great tonight," said Atlanta
captain Scott Mellanby. "We controlled the puck tonight and had our chances,
but could not capitalize. They played a great road game and capitalized on the
Montreal ended 2-for-3 on the power play, while Atlanta squandered three
chances with the man-advantage, including a 5-on-3 power play in the first
period...The Canadiens improved to 9-2-2 lifetime at the Philips Arena in
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