NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Montreal|
(Tuesday, January 8th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Chicago 3 (OT)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Guillaume Latendresse scored 3:18 into
overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Chicago
Blackhawks in a spirited contest from the Bell Centre.
Saku Koivu, Andrei Markov and Patrice Brisebois all scored for Montreal, which
has won two of its last three and earned at least a point for the sixth
straight game (4-0-2). Cristobal Huet turned aside 25 shots in the win.
Jack Skille, Robert Lang and Kris Versteeg scored for the Blackhawks, who are
winless in their last six games (0-4-2) following a four-game win streak in
late December. Patrick Lalime allowed four goals on 38 shots in the loss.
"It's not what we wanted -- we wanted a win," said Chicago's Duncan Keith.
"It's frustrating, but with a young team like ours, at least we got a point
after four straight (regulation) losses."
Following a scoreless third period, the teams went into overtime tied at 3-3.
Maxim Lapierre skated with the puck from his own zone along the left half-
wall and through the neutral zone, then cut across the slot toward the right
circle. Lapierre then slid a pass to the left post for a backdoor redirection.
"It was important for us to get the two points," said Latendresse, a Montreal
native who scored his first career overtime goal. "Lapierre is my best friend
on the team, and we got the chance to score (together) in overtime. I went to
the net and I thought he was going to shoot, but he made a real nice pass."
Montreal will now embark on a four-game road trip that begins in Boston on
Koivu opened the scoring 4:22 after the opening faceoff. Guillaume Latendresse
gained control of a dump-in at the base of the left half-wall and sent a
centering pass into the goal mouth, where Koivu made a quick deke move and
beat Lalime with a backhander.
After Skille's goal less than two minutes later tied the score, the Habs had a
chance to go ahead when Mark Streit was awarded a short-handed penalty shot.
Although Streit was unsuccessful, Brisebois' power-play marker with 2:47 to
play in the first made it 2-1.
Montreal passed the puck around the perimeter of its offensive zone following
an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Martin Havlat. Koivu dealt a soft pass
across to Brisebois, whose one-timer from the centerpoint appeared to deflect
off Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp before it lit the lamp.
But Chicago came out firing early in the second stanza and scored twice within
an 18-second span to grab a 3-2 edge.
First, at the 2:27 mark, Lang's 14th goal of the season tied it up. Chicago
was skating on the power play -- courtesy of a hooking call on Koivu just 33
seconds into the period -- and Lang held control atop the left circle. He
looked for an open teammate but finally decided to shoot and beat Huet with a
laser wrist shot.
Moments later, the second goal of Versteeg's career pushed the visitors ahead.
After a scramble in front, the puck was poked loose and Yanic Perreault fired
a turnaround shot from the slot. Huet made the save, but the puck was loose
inside the crease and the whistle did not blow as Versteeg poked it home.
The Habs notched their second power-play goal of the night at the 8:04 mark of
the second to create a 3-3 deadlock. Alex Kovalev's strong effort along the
high right half-wall kept the puck inside the zone during 5-on-4 action and he
quickly fed across the high slot for Markov, whose slap shot from above the
left circle sailed into the back of the cage.
"They have a lot of skill up front, and sometimes we may have sat back a bit,"
Before the game, there was a ceremony to honor the storied rivalry between
these two Original Six franchises, which includes 82 seasons worth of battles.
Former Montreal great Guy Lafleur as well as Chicago legends Bobby Hull and
Stan Mikita were included in the ceremony among others... This marked
Chicago's first trip to Montreal since February 1, 2004...The Hawks fell to
7-9-3 on the road this season...The Canadiens finished 2-for-3 on the power
play, while the visitors went 1-for-4 with the extra skater...Attendance was
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