NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Montreal
(Tuesday, January 13th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, St. Louis 2
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro and Jan Bulis each had a goal and an assist to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre.
Richard Zednik, Michael Ryder and Craig Rivet also scored for the Canadiens, who improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight games. Mathieu Garon made 16 saves.
Pavol Demitra and Eric Nickulas scored for the Blues, who have just one victory in their last six games (1-4-1). Chris Osgood turned aside 23 shots in the loss.
Montreal scored four unanswered goals to erase a 1-0 deficit. Ribeiro received a pass from Pierre Dagenais and slipped a backhander past Osgood from the top of the crease midway through the opening period to tie the game at 1-1.
The Canadiens took advantage of a St. Louis turnover to take a 2-1 lead at 3:44 of the second period. Zednik collected the loose puck in the Montreal zone and kept it all the way up ice on a 2-on-1 break. Osgood got a piece of the shot, but not enough to keep it out of the net.
Ryder beat Osgood five-hole with a shot from the slot to give the Habs a 3-1 lead just over three minutes later.
Montreal struck again at 9:47 of the second period, as Rivet scored a power- play goal for a 4-1 cushion.
Nickulas scored to cut the Habs' lead to 4-2 midway through the third period, but Bulis sealed the win with his ninth goal of the season with under four minutes left.
The Blues took advantage of a power play to open the scoring early in the first period. Francis Bouillon was penalized five minutes for knocking Blues center Ryan Johnson into the boards from behind. Bouillon was also assessed a game misconduct for the hit.
Demitra's shot from the slot went off Garon's glove and into the net to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead 5:50 into the contest.
Keith Tkachuk picked up his 800th career point with an assist on Demitra's goal...Montreal has lost just once in its last eight games at the Bell Centre (6-1-1)...The Blues snapped an 0-for-16 power-play drought and ended 1-for-6 in the contest with the extra skater. Montreal scored once on seven chances with the man advantage...The Habs ended a four-game losing streak against St. Louis...The Blues have lost five of their last six road games.
01/13 22:18:47 ET