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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 Thrashers, 4-1.

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 intermission.

"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 power play."

Game Notes

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 Atlanta.

01/19 00:28:03 ET


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