NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Montreal
(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Phoenix 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Alex Tanguay scored twice and Saku Koivu added a goal and two assists in Montreal's 4-1 drubbing of Phoenix.
Carey Price denied all but one of the 29 shots he faced between the pipes, as the Canadiens have rattled off four straight wins following a season-opening 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo.
Ilya Bryzgalov was beaten four times on 33 shots, as the Coyotes dropped the final three contests of a four-game road trip. Shane Doan posted Phoenix's only tally.
Montreal wasted little time in putting pressure on Bryzgalov. Early in the first, Koivu picked up a loose puck behind the net and backhanded a pass to an open Tanguay in front for the game's first goal at the 6:11 mark.
Five minutes later Andrei Markov's pass from the point found Koivu on the right doorstep for an easy stuff.
Phoenix defenseman Kurt Sauer's bone-crunching hit on an unsuspecting Andrei Kostitsyn sparked a rather chippy second period filled with penalties. Sauer was not whistled for boarding, but Kostitsyn was dazed and did not return after being helped off the ice by a pair of trainers.
"Kostitsyn came over the blue line and started to lay back," Sauer recalled. "I just hit him...It's never a good thing when a guy goes down like that. It's not a head shot. I don't think I came up high on him."
Numerous penalties ensued as retribution for the hit, including two fighting majors for each club, but Montreal was boosted by its enraged fans.
Koivu's pass from the behind the net went through the crease and found the stick of Tanguay again for an even-strength goal at the 12:56 mark of the second.
"After Kostitsyn's injury, we kind of lost focus," Koivu said. "But we were able to get it back after the third goal. In this game, if you take a 2-0 lead, it's one of those games that you have to put away instead of making it tough on yourself."
With Montreal on a power play late in the period, Robert Lang stole Phoenix's Daniel Winnik's errant pass in his own zone and found the back of the net for a four-goal lead with 56 ticks remaining in the frame.
Doan's tally off a rebound at the 10-minute mark of the third spoiled Price's shutout but was the last legitimate scoring threat for the visitors.
Markov ended the game with two assists...The Coyotes were without enforcer Daniel Carcillo again as he serves the second test of a two-game suspension. The league sanction stems from an incident this past Wednesday when the Coyotes played the Blackhawks. In the second period, Carcillo came off the bench and fought Chicago's Ben Eager, who was already on the ice...The Canadiens are 7-0 with three ties in the last 10 meetings between the clubs. Phoenix hasn't won in Montreal since October 28, 1996.
10/18 23:00:34 ET